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The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) is the international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation. An annual meeting is held each summer in locations where significant computational linguistics
Computational linguistics
Computational linguistics is an interdisciplinary field dealing with the statistical or rule-based modeling of natural language from a computational perspective....

 research is carried out. It was founded in 1962, originally named the Association for Machine Translation and Computational Linguistics (AMTCL). It became the ACL in 1968.

The ACL has a Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

an (EACL) and a North America
North America
North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas...

n (NAACL) chapter.

The ACL journal, Computational Linguistics
Computational Linguistics (journal)
Computational Linguistics is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of computational linguistics. It is published quarterly by MIT Press for the Association for Computational Linguistics...

, is the primary forum for research on computational linguistics and natural language processing
Natural language processing
Natural language processing is a field of computer science and linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human languages; it began as a branch of artificial intelligence....

. Since 1988, the journal has been published for the ACL by MIT Press
MIT Press
The MIT Press is a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts .-History:...

.

The ACL book series, Studies in Natural Language Processing
Studies in NLP
Studies in Natural Language Processing is the book series of theAssociation for Computational Linguistics, published byCambridge University Press. is the series editor.The editorial board has the following members:...

, is published by Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Granted letters patent by Henry VIII in 1534, it is the world's oldest publishing house, and the second largest university press in the world...

.

Special Interest Groups


ACL has a large number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), focusing on specific areas of natural language processing. Some current SIGs within ACL are:
  • Linguistic Annotation: SIGANN
  • Linguistic data and corpus-based approaches: SIGDAT
  • Dialogue Processing: SIGDIAL
  • Natural Language Generation: SIGGEN
  • Chinese Language Processing: SIGHAN
  • Lexicon: SIGLEX
    • SIGLEX is the umbrella organization for the SemEval
      SemEval
      SemEval is an ongoing series of evaluations of computational semantic analysis systems; it evolved from the Senseval word sense evaluation series. The evaluations are intended to explore the nature of meaning in language...

       semantic evaluations and SENSEVAL
      SemEval
      SemEval is an ongoing series of evaluations of computational semantic analysis systems; it evolved from the Senseval word sense evaluation series. The evaluations are intended to explore the nature of meaning in language...

      word-sense evaluation exercises.
  • Mathematics of Language: SIGMOL
  • Natural Language Learning: SIGNLL
  • Natural Language Parsing: SIGPARSE
  • Computational Morphology and Phonology: SIGMORPHON
  • Computational Semantics: SIGSEM
  • Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages: SEMITIC
  • Web as Corpus SIGWAC

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