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CNL 2018: Sixth International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2018)

27-28 August 2018 — Maynooth, Co Kildare (near Dublin), Ireland

The proceedings are now available online under Open Access by IOS press for download!

Best paper awards announced!


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. In particular, we would like to emphasise that this year, we very much welcome contributions from Industry.


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Important Dates


Possible topics for CNL 2016 include:

Submissions and Proceedings

We invite researchers to submit papers with novel contributions in the area of CNL. You may submit a long paper (8 pages + 1 page references), a short paper (4 pages), or demonstration/position papers (2 pages extended abstract describing systems or work in progress; in order to save space, these ought not use the ‘abstract’ section of the template). Submissions should be formatted according to the templates that can be found here:

Late breaking results can be submitted as abstracts of no more than 300 words, and can be presented at the workshop in the form of a poster, demo, and/or flash talk. The accepted abstracts will be listed on the website and will be given a 5 minute presentation slot prior to the poster/demo session of the workshop.

Submit your paper via Easychair:

Submit your paper here:

The proceedings of the workshop were published under Open Access publications in the book series Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications by IOS Press. They are now available online for download here.

The abstracts for late breaking results should be submitted through the same submission link as above, but will not be included in the proceedings.

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Previous Events

There were four previous events in the same series: