LINGUIST List 14.132

Wed Jan 15 2003

Calls: Lexicon&Figurative Language/Text&Discourse

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  1. A.M.Wallington, Lexicon and Figurative Language, Sapporo Japan
  2. luakt, Society for Text and Discourse, Madrid Spain

Message 1: Lexicon and Figurative Language, Sapporo Japan

Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 18:45:46 +0000
From: A.M.Wallington <>
Subject: Lexicon and Figurative Language, Sapporo Japan

Workshop on The Lexicon and Figurative Language

Location: Sapporo Japan
Date: 11-Jul-2003 - 11-Jul-2003 
Call Deadline: 13-May-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Alan Wallington
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics 

This is a session of the following conference:
41st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

The use of figurative language, such as metaphor and metonymy, in
normal discourse poses considerable problems for treatments of
word-sense disambiguation that simply list all the possible senses of
a word. A major theme of the workshop will be to consider alternative
approaches. However, we also seek papers computationally address any
other aspects of figurative langauge. 

 The Lexicon and Figurative Language

 July 11 2003, Sapporo, Japan

 Post-Conference Workshop as part of ACL 2003

 Call for Papers

Workshop Description

The problem of word-sense disambiguation is currently one of the
central concerns of natural language processing. However, it is
becoming increasingly apparent that WordNet type approaches that list
the different polysemous senses of a word without saying anything
about how they relate to each other lead to considerable
problems. Novel uses of words occur frequently and the problem is
particularly acute when figurative language is being used. Figurative
language is pervasive in normal discourse, but the source meaning of a
word being used metaphorically is often far removed from the intended,
target, meaning.

One possibility is not to just list all the different senses but to
have fewer senses and employ a different mechanism for generating new
senses and treating the relations between them. The Generative Lexicon
(Pustejovsky 1995) assumes a structure to the lexicon and much richer
representations that determine how different senses combine in
context. Whilst some success has been achieved with some of the more
simple cases of metonymy, the question of how well the approach copes
with metaphor is open to debate. Furthermore, the distinction between
metonymy and metaphor is not always easy to make.

An alternative would be to treat computationally the claim from
Cognitive Linguistics that metaphor is not a matter of linguistic
expression. Instead, the meanings of many different words are best
related in terms of an underlying conceptual metaphor. However, if
metaphor is a cognitive rather than a linguistic phenomenon, and word
senses are related solely in terms of their underlying conceptual
domains, then this implies that there need be no structure
specifically in the lexicon. Instead the lexicon can be a list of
items, but metaphorical extensions of words would not be listed as a
matter of course. The list approach is compatible with WordNet
approaches, but puts the approach in conflict with that of the
generative lexicon, and so the question is raised as to how much
structure is needed in the lexicon in order to cope with figurative

We therefore have three different approaches to the lexicon and the
problems that figurative language poses for word-sense disambiguation,
and the major theme of this workshop is to explore means for tackling
these problems, particularly means that could be used in practical NLP

However, papers that computationally address other aspects of
figurative language will also be welcomed. In particular, since word
meanings do not come marked with the information that they are
metaphorical, metonymical, or not, papers that address the issue of
how to distinguish literal from non-literal language will be very
welcome, especially if this can be done automatically. Likewise, much
work on figurative language has relied on intuitions and handcrafted
relations, and in this respect research on figurative language has
lagged behind recent work in the rest of computational
linguistics. Consequently, there is an urgent need for computational
corpus studies of figurative language.

The relationship between discourse issues and figurative language,
such as the interaction of anaphora and metonymy has been addressed in
the past, but more studies are needed using other types of figurative
language such as metaphor. Indeed the issue of how metaphor and
metonymy relate to each other may benefit from computational
study. There has been some work (notably by Dan Fass and Jerry Hobbs)
on bringing them into a common computational framework, but this is
largely with the aim of coping with mixtures rather helping with the
other problems.


Please submit full papers of maximum 8 pages (including references,
figures etc). Authors should follow the main conference ACL style
format. Electronic submission only. As reviewing will be blind, the
paper should not include the authors' names and
affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's
identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be
avoided. Instead, use citations such as ''Smith previously showed
(Smith, 1991) ...''. Papers that do not conform to the requirements
above are subject to be rejected without review.

Send the pdf, postscript, or MS Word form of your submission to: Alan
Wallington ( ), who will also answer any
queries regarding the submission.

Important Dates

 * Submission deadline for workshop papers: 13 April 2003
 * Notification of accepted papers: 14 May 2003
 * Deadline for camera ready copies: 29 May 2003
 * Workshop date: 11 July 2003

Workshop Organizers

 John Barnden School of Computer Science
 University of Birmingham
 Birmingham B15 2TT
 Sheila Glasbey School of Computer Science
 University of Birmingham
 Birmingham B15 2TT
 Mark Lee School of Computer Science
 University of Birmingham
 Birmingham B15 2TT
 Alan Wallington School of Computer Science
 University of Birmingham
 Birmingham B15 2TT

Program Committee

 * John Barnden: School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK.
 * Tony Berber Sardinha: LAEL, Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
 * Dan Fass: School of Computing Science and the Centre for Systems
 Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
 * Josef van Genabith: Computer Applications Department, Dublin City
 University, Ireland.
 * Sheila Glasbey: School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham,
 * Adam Kilgarriff: Information technology Research Institute, University
 of Brighton, UK.
 * Mark Lee: School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK.
 * Katja Markert: Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh, UK.
 * James Martin: Department of Computer Science and the Institute of
 Cognitive Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.
 * Alan Wallington: School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham,
 * Tony Veale: Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin,
 * Carl Vogel: Computer Science Department, Trinity College Dublin,
 * Yorick Wilks: Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield,


Workshop registration information will be posted at a later date. The
registration fee will include attendance at the workshop and a copy of
workshop proceedings.

Further Information

Alan Wallington
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B152TT,

phone: (+44)(0)121 4142795
fax: (+44) (0)121 4144281
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Message 2: Society for Text and Discourse, Madrid Spain

Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 20:16:13 +0000
From: luakt <>
Subject: Society for Text and Discourse, Madrid Spain

13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse

Short Title: ST&D 13
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: 26-JUN-03 - 28-JUN-03

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Jose A. Le´┐Żn
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis, Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

The Society for Text and Discourse will hold its Thirteenth Annual
Meeting at the Tryp Reina Victoria Hotel in Madrid, Spain, from
Thursday through Saturday, June 26-28, 2003.
The Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society of
Singapore is pleased to announce that the Oriental COCOSDA 2003 will
be held in Singapore on June 24-26, 2003. This meeting will be held
concurrently with the 17th Pacific Asia Conference on Language,
Information and Computation (PACLIC 17)

COCOSDA is an international workshop held annually by the oriental
chapter of The International Committee for the Co-ordination and
Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques for
Speech Input/Output. The first preparatory meeting was held in Hong
Kong and then the past five workshops were held in Japan, Taiwan,
China Mainland, Korea and Thailand.

Papers are invited on substantial, original, and unpublished research
on all aspects of computational linguistics, including, but not
limited to:

 speech databases and corpora 
 assessment of speech technologies 
 speech input and output 
 phonetic systems for oriental languages
 segmentation and labeling
 speech models and systems
 multilingual speech corpora
 special topics on speech databases and assessments
 any other relevant topics. 

Paper should be submitted electronically to website Please
register as a user first. In case of difficulties, you may also submit
you paper as an e-mail attachment to:

The maximum length of a paper is 20 A4-sized pages, 11pt,
double-spaced throughout. For e-mail submission, the first page of the
submitted paper should bear the following information: the title of
the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), affiliations, mailing
address, and email address for correspondence. Acceptable file formats
are PostScript (.ps), Portable Document Format (.pdf), MS Word (.doc),
and plain text. Please separate the first page from the main body of
the paper so that it can be reviewed anonymously. There is no need to
include this page if your paper is submitted electronically to our web
cgi, because you would have entered all these to our computer system
when you register as a user.

General, we do not accept hard copy submission for this
conference. Hard copy will only be accepted under extreme
condition. Please email for assistance.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference
Proceedings. Suitable papers may also be considered to be included in
a special issue of our Journal of Chinese Language and Computing.


 Paper submission due: March 1, 2003
 Notification of acceptance: April 1 2003
 Final Manuscript: April 15, 2003
 Early Bird registration: May 15, 2003
 Deadline for Conference Registration: June 10, 2003

For further information, please contact:

 Associate Professor. Kim-Teng Lua,
 School of Computing, National University of Singapore
 3 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117543
 Phone: 6874-2782, Fax: 6779-4580

Oriental COCOSDA 2003 workshop home page:
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