25–26 July 2016 — Aberdeen, Scotland

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This workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL) has a broad scope and embraces all approaches that are based on natural language and apply restrictions on vocabulary, grammar, and/or semantics. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) approaches that have been called simplified language, plain language, formalized language, processable language, fragments of language, phraseologies, conceptual authoring, language generation, and guided natural language interfaces.

Some CNLs are designed to improve communication among humans, especially for non-native speakers of the respective natural language. In other cases, the restrictions on the language are supposed to make it easier for computers to analyze such texts in order to improve computer-aided, semi-automatic, or automatic translations into other languages. A third group of CNL has the goal to enable reliable automated reasoning and formal knowledge representation from seemingly natural texts. All these types of CNL are covered by this workshop.

Important Dates


Digital Grammars

Insight Centre


(contact Adam Wyner, azwyner@abdn.ac.uk, if you want to become a sponsor)


Possible topics for CNL 2016 include:

Submissions and Proceedings

We invite researchers to submit papers with novel contributions in the area of CNL. These research papers should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS format. You may submit a long paper (10 pages), a short paper (5 pages), or a position paper (2 pages with no abstract).

Submit your paper via Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cnl2016

The proceedings of the workshop is now published online http://link.springer.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0302-9743&volume=9767 under Springer’s LNCS/LNAI series and will be indexed in all major citation databases including ISI Web of Science and Scopus.


The registration fee includes costs for running the workshop beyond those provided by our sponsors. Early bird registration fees: standard is £120; student is £60; SICSA affiliate is £0. From 18th July, the registration fees are: £160, £80, and £0, respectively. Please note that SICSA Affiliates are students or staff at a Scottish University; there is further information on the registration site. When applying for the student or SICSA fee, please provide suporting evidence to the local organiser.

Register for the Workshop on this link

Organization Committee

Program Committee


Previous Events

There were four previous events in the same series: