Constitution of the ACL Special Interest Group on Computational Morphology and Phonology (2006-Present)*
I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Special Interest Group on Computational Morphology and Phonology (the
SIG) is to foster computational research on the phonological,
morphological, and phonetic properties of human
language. Specifically, the SIG aims to promote interest in these
subjects; to foster discussion of these subjects among members of the
ACL; and to sponsor relevant meetings and workshops that appear to be
timely and worthwile, operating within the framework of the ACL's
general guidelines for SIGs.
II. ELECTED OFFICERS
The elected officers of the SIG shall consist of a President, a
Secretary and up to four others, together forming the Executive
Committee. The President and Secretary shall be members in good
standing of the ACL. The term of all elected officers of the SIG
shall be two years. The President shall remain a member of the
Executive Committee for the subsequent term to provide continuity.
The duties of the President shall be:
- To have primary executive authority over actions and
activities of the SIG.
- To be primarily responsible for communication with the
Executive Committee of the ACL, and to prepare a written
report on the activities of the SIG for the Executive
Committee of the ACL, for presentation to the ACL at its
Annual Business Meeting.
- To designate a Liaison Representative, who shall be
be primarily responsible for communication with members of
the SIG and answering inquiries about the SIG.
- To designate a Resources Manager for the SIG, who shall be
responsible for maintaining public resources provided by the SIG, such
as websites and mailing lists.
- To ensure that the Executive Committee considers appropriate
opportunities to sponsor (or co-sponsor) meetings and workshops; and
to designate the primary organizers (or co-organizers) of any such
meetings and workshops, in consultation with the Executive Committee.
The duties of the Secretary shall be:
- To maintain a membership roster of the SIG.
- To be responsible for any moneys awarded to the SIG by the ACL; to
collect and manage any dues that may be required by the SIG; and to
prepare any reports on the SIG finances that may be requested by the
Executive Committee of the ACL.
- To conduct elections and referenda as mandated below, or to delegate this responsibility.
Membership is open to anyone who professes an interest in
computational phonology. Membership will be terminated on request,
or automatically if no reply is received within 2 months of an annual
membership renewal request. Such requests are to be communicated by
the medium, and to the address, last notified to the Secretary.
Automatically terminated memberships will be reinstated on request.
IV. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
All officers of the SIG shall be elected by a vote of the
membership. Voting shall commence at least two months before the
expiration of the current terms of the officers, and voting shall
close on that expiration date. Four weeks prior to the commencement
of voting, SIG members will be given notice to submit nominations for
SIG officers. Each nomination must be seconded by two SIG members and
must provide evidence that the nominee will serve if elected.
Where there is only one nominee for a given position, the nominee
will be declared elected. If there is more than one nominee for any
position a vote shall take place. Votes may be entered by electronic
or physical mail or other designated means, and votes arriving by the
notified closing date will be counted by the Secretary or another
officer appointed by the Executive Committee. Any nominee receiving
a majority of the votes will be declared elected. The new positions
will become active immediately after the announcement of the results,
and the previous officers will remain active for three months to ease
If a vacancy occurs among the officers of the SIG, the remaining
SIG officers may nominate a replacement officer who will serve out
the remainder of the previous office holder's term.
A change to this constitution, or a motion on any other matter, may be
initiated by five members (petitioners) in writing or by agreement of
the President and Secretary (on the suggestion of a member or
otherwise). The motions will be put to the members within six months
of receipt of a petition, if the petitioners so request. Otherwise,
constitutional amendments and other motions will be put to the vote in
conjunction with the regular elections.
Members will be notified at least two months before voting
commences that a referendum is to take place, and further motions
(including constitutional amendments) proposed by two members shall
be accepted up to one month before the start of voting. Motions may
be modified or withdrawn by their proposers at any time before the
start of voting. All members of the SIG shall be notified promptly of
all motions and modifications thereto, to permit discussion.
Votes may be entered by electronic or physical mail or other
designated means, and votes arriving by the notified closing date
will be counted by a returning officer appointed by the Executive
Committee and agreed to by the petitioners. The voting period shall
be at least one month, and results shall be communicated promptly to
Any change to this constitution requires a two-thirds majority of
those votes received from eligible voters and is subject to approval
by ACL. Any other matter requires a simple majority.
Notification shall signify dispatch of mail by the medium, and to the
address, last notified to the secretary.
Subject to the approval of the Executive Committee of the ACL
the SIG may levy annual membership dues, where the rate is determined by
the Executive Committee. In certain circumstances, the Executive
Committee may decide to waive the fee.
In 2006, members voted to amend the original SIGPHON constitution. These
amendments, approved by the ACL Executive Committee July 2006 are
included in the version of the constitution shown above. A copy of
the ballot used in the election and the final election results are