The 3rd Workshop on Multi-word Units in Machine Translation and Translation Technology (MUMTTT 2017)

In London, UK with europhras 2017

Endorsed by SIGLEX.

The 3rd Workshop on Multi-word Units in Machine Translation and Translation Technology (MUMTTT 2017)

London, UK, 13-14 November 2017

Following the success of the two previous editions of the workshop on Multi-word Units in Machine Translation and Translation Technology – the 2013 edition at the MT Summit in Nice, France, and the 2015 edition at the European Society of Phraseology Conference in Malaga, Spain, we are announcing the third edition to be held in conjunction with the International Conference “Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology: Recent advances and interdisciplinary approaches” which is jointly organised by the European Association for Phraseology (EUROPHRAS), the University of Wolverhampton (Research Institute of Information and Language Processing) and the Association for Computational Linguistics – Bulgaria (London, 13-14 November 2017).

The MUMTTT workshop will be held on the second day of the conference, 14 November 2017. It will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in the fields of (Computational) Linguistics, (Computational) Phraseology, Translation Studies and Translation Technology to discuss recent advances in the area of multi-word unit processing and to coordinate research efforts across disciplines in order to improve the integration of multi-word units in machine translation and translation technology tools.

Multi-word units are acknowledged as one of the major challenges in natural language processing (NLP). In spite of the relative progress achieved for particular types of units such as verb-particle constructions, the identification, interpretation and translation of multi-word units in general still represent open challenges, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view. The idiosyncratic morpho-syntactic, semantic and translational properties of multi-word units pose many obstacles even to human translators, mainly because of intrinsic ambiguities, structural and lexical asymmetries between languages, and, finally, cultural differences.

In recent years, growing attention has been paid to integrating multi-word units (MWUs) in machine translation and translation technology tools, as it has been acknowledged that it is not possible to create large scale language solutions without properly handling MWUs of all types. As a matter of fact, researchers are now addressing the problems posed by MWU processing and translation using different formalisms and techniques, such as: automatic recognition of MWUs in a monolingual or bilingual setting; alignment and paraphrasing techniques; development and use of (handcrafted) monolingual and bilingual language resources; creation of annotated monolingual and parallel corpora, development of strategies for handling syntactically flexible units in language analysis and translation modules, development of evaluation projects.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working on MWU processing from various perspectives, in order to enable cross fertilisation and foster the creation of innovative solutions that can only arise from interdisciplinary collaborations. In particular, the workshop welcomes interactions between NLP researchers working on the computational treatment of multi-word units, experts in (computational) phraseology working on challenging topics of their discipline, as well as translation practitioners, to the benefit of applying their latest results to advance the state of the art in MWU processing.

topics of interest

The MUMTTT 2017 workshop invites the submission of papers reporting on original and unpublished research on topics related to MWU processing in machine translation and translation technology, including:


Submissions must consist of full-text papers (6 to 8 pages for content, plus additional pages for bibliographic references). They must be formatted according to the ACL 2017 style guidelines available both for Word and LaTeX text processor. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three programme committee members. As reviewing will be double blind, papers must not reveal authors’ identity. Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters, as determined by the programme committee. There will be no distinction in the workshop proceedings between papers presented orally or as posters. The proceedings will be published as an electronic volume with ISBN and will be made available at the time of the conference.

Submission is electronic, using the START conference management software at:



The “Best Paper at the MUMTTT workshop” award will be granted by the EUROPHRAS’2017 Conference to the authors of outstanding work on multi-word unit translation. Details on the selection criteria are provided at