Call for Papers

17th Meeting on the Mathematics of Language (MOL 2021)
December 10–17, 2021
University of Montpellier, France (online)

The ACL Special Interest Group Mathematics of Language invites submissions to its biennial conference, MOL, which will be will be hosted by the University of Montpellier as part of the event Mathematical Linguistics (MALIN 2021), which will take place online December 13–17, 2021. The local organizing committee is chaired by Christian Retoré.


MOL is devoted to the study of mathematical structures and methods that are of importance to the description of language. Contributions to all areas of this field are welcome. Specific topics within the scope of the conference include, but are not limited to the following:

  • formal and computational analysis of linguistic theories and frameworks
  • learnability of formal grammars
  • proof-theoretic, model-theoretic and type-theoretic methods in linguistics
  • mathematical foundations of statistical approaches to language analysis
  • formal models of language use and language change


MOL invites the submission of papers on original, substantial, completed, and unpublished research. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Papers presented at the conference will be included in the conference proceedings, which will be published in the ACL Anthology.

All submissions must follow the style set out in the conference style files, which can be downloaded from Papers must not exceed twelve (12) pages of technical content, but may have an unlimited number of extra pages for references.

Simultaneous submission to other conferences is allowed, provided that the authors indicate which other conferences the paper is submitted to. A paper is accepted on the condition that it will not be presented at any other venue.

MOL uses the EasyChair conference management system for submission, reviewing and preparation of proceedings:

Submissions must be uploaded to this system electronically in PDF format no later than

Thursday, September 30, 2021 (AOE).

Please note that the reviewing process will not be double-blind. The authors’ identity will be visible to the reviewers on the EasyChair system.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: September 30 October 8, 2021 AOE
Notification of acceptance: November 1 November 8, 2021 AOE
Camera-ready version deadline: November 15 November 22, 2021 AOE
Meeting: as part of MALIN 2021, December 10–17, 2021

Program Committee

Henrik Björklund, program co-chair (Umeå University, Sweden)
David Chiang (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Alexander Clark (King’s College London, UK)
Philippe de Groote (INRIA Nancy – Grand Est, France)
Frank Drewes, program co-chair (Umeå University, Sweden)
Giorgio Magri (CNRS, University of Paris 8, France)
Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez (Universidade da Coruña, Spain)
Jeffrey Heinz (Stony Brook University, USA)
Makoto Kanazawa (Hosei University, Japan)
Gegory Kobele (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Andras Kornai (Boston University, USA)
Andreas Maletti (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Jens Michaelis (Universität Bielefeld, Germany)
Nelma Moreira (University of Porto, Portugal)
Glyn Morrill (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Larry Moss (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
Gerald Penn (University of Toronto, Canada)
James Rogers (Earlham College, USA)
Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (University College London, UK)
Anssi Yli-Jyrä (University of Helsinki, Finland)


For inquiries about the scientific program of the conference, please e-mail For inquiries about the local organization and all practical aspects of the conference, please e-mail