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LINGUIST List 20.271

Wed Jan 28 2009

Calls: Semantics,Syntax/Singapore; Computational Ling/Denmark

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        1.    Dimitra Anastasiou, Multiword Expressions
        2.    Magnus Sahlgren, Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in NLP

Message 1: Multiword Expressions
Date: 28-Jan-2009
From: Dimitra Anastasiou <dimitrad-anastasiou.com>
Subject: Multiword Expressions
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Full Title: Multiword Expressions
Short Title: MWE 09

Date: 06-Aug-2009 - 06-Aug-2009
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Contact Person: Dimitra Anastasiou
Meeting Email: dimitrad-anastasiou.com
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Semantics;

Call Deadline: 01-May-2009

Meeting Description:

Multiword Expressions: Identification, Interpretation, Disambiguation and
Applications (MWE 2009)
Workshop at the ACL/IJCNLP 2009 Conference (Singapore), 06 August 2009

Call for papers:

Multi-Word Expressions (MWEs) are an indispensable part of natural languages and
appear steadily on a daily basis, both new and already existing but paraphrased.
Thus, the automated processing of MWEs is important for many natural language
applications. The meaning of MWEs can be either motivated or arbitrary. Native
speakers master most MWEs, while learners of a foreign language have to learn
MWEs by heart. The interpretation of MWEs poses a major challenge for automated
analysis helping both groups easily master MWEs.

The growing interest in MWEs in the NLP community has led to many specialized
workshops held every year since 2001 in conjunction with ACL, EACL and LREC;
there have been also two recent special issues on MWEs published by leading
journals: the International Journal of Language Resources and Evaluation, and
the Journal of Computer Speech and Language.

As a result of the overall progress in the field, the time has come to move from
basic preliminary research to actual applications in real-world NLP tasks.
Following this trend, the LREC-MWE'08 focused on gathering resources and
creating a common repository in order to rank MWE candidates and facilitate
further research.

Endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX)

In MWE'09 we are interested in the overall process of dealing with MWEs, asking
for original research related (but not limited) to the following four
fundamental topics.

Workshop Topics
(1) Identification. Identification is a major problem for MWEs. The MWE
identification task is to determine whether a MWE is used non-compositionally
(figuratively) or compositionally (literally) in a particular context. The
identification of MWEs by automated means is a difficult task, as it does not
suffice to store the MWE into a dictionary database. Rule-based (morphosyntactic
rules) and/or statistical approaches may be needed to identify MWEs in context.

(2) Interpretation. Semantic interpretation of MWEs, particularly noun compounds
and determinerless prepositional phrases, is the task of determining the
implicit semantic relation holding between the MWE's sub-components. This
specific area is inviting research on (linguistically) identifying the semantic
relations (SRs) and automatic SR interpretation in MWEs. The relation
inventories used can be of different granularity and dependent on the particular
type of MWE construction. In some cases, MWE's semantics can be also specified
in terms of a suitable paraphrase.

(3) Disambiguation. Disambiguation (Semantic classification) is the task of
specifying the semantics of MWEs based on an inventory of semantic relations. It
tends to presuppose the ability to classify the (degree of) compositionality of
MWEs and applies only to compositional MWEs. The aim is to specify the semantics
of MWEs in terms of predefined semantic categories, e.g., in WordNet.

(4) Applications. Identifying MWEs in context and understanding their syntax and
semantics is important for many natural language applications, including but not
limited to question answering, machine translation, information retrieval,
information extraction, and textual entailment. Still, despite the growing
research interest, there are not enough successful applications in real NLP
problems, which we believe is the key for the advancement of the field.

Submission Information
Submissions must describe substantial, original, and unpublished work.
Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength,
significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.
Full papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages in total (references included)
and will be presented orally. The deadline for paper submission is May 1, 2009
(GMT + 8).
The official style files for ACL/IJCNLP 2009 are available at:
http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/authors/stylefiles/. The workshop
submissions should use the same formatting guidelines.

Full paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL-IJCNLP 2009
proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages including references. We strongly
recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files
tailored for this year's conference, which will be available on the conference
website. All submissions must conform to the official ACL-IJCNLP 2009 style
guidelines to be announced in the conference website and they must be electronic
in PDF.
As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors' names
and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's
identity, e.g.,"We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided.
Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".
Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: May 1, 2009
Notification of acceptance of papers: June 1, 2009
Camera-ready copies due: June 14, 2009
ACL-IJCNLP 2009 Workshops: August 6-7, 2009

Programme Committee
Inaki Alegria, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Timothy Baldwin, Stanford University (USA); University of Melbourne (Australia)
Colin Bannard, Max Planck Institute (Germany)
Francis Bond, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Gael Dias, Beira Interior University (Portugal)
Ulrich Heid, Stuttgart University (Germany)
Stefan Evert, University of Osnabrueck (Germany)
Afsaneh Fazly,University of Toronto (Canada)
Nicole Gregoire,University of Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Roxana Girju,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Kyo Kageura, University of Tokyo (Japan)
Brigitte Krenn, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Austria)
Eric Laporte, University of Marne-la-Vall?e (France)
Rosamund Moon, University of Birmingham (UK)
Diana McCarthy, University of Sussex (UK)
Jan Odijk, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Stephan Oepen, Stanford University (USA); University of Oslo (Norway)
Darren Pearce, London Knowledge Lab (UK)
Pavel Pecina, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Scott Piao, University of Manchester (UK)
Violeta Seretan, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto (Canada)
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Beata Trawinski, University of Tuebingen (Germany)
Peter Turney, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
Kiyoko Uchiyama, Keio University (Japan)
Begona Villada Moiron, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

Workshop Chairs
Dimitra Anastasiou, Localisation Research Centre, Limerick University, Ireland
Chikara Hashimoto, National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology, Japan
Preslav Nakov, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Su Nam Kim, University of Melbourne, Australia

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please contact Dimitra Anastasiou
Message 2: Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in NLP
Date: 27-Jan-2009
From: Magnus Sahlgren <mangesics.se>
Subject: Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in NLP
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Full Title: Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in NLP

Date: 14-May-2009 - 14-May-2009
Location: Odense, Denmark
Contact Person: Magnus Sahlgren
Meeting Email: mangesics.se
Web Site: http://www.sics.se/~mange/construct2009/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in NLP
Thursday, May 14, Odense, Denmark

First Call for Papers

A construction is a recurring, or otherwise noteworthy congregation of
linguistic entities. Examples include collocations ("hermetically sealed"),
(idiomatic) expressions with fixed constituents ("kick the bucket"), expressions
with (semi-)optional constituents ("hungry as a X"), and sequences of
grammatical categories ([det][adj][noun]). As can be seen by these examples,
constructions are a diverse breed, and what constitutes a linguistic
construction is largely an open

Despite (or perhaps due to) the inherent vagues of the concept, constructions
enjoy increasing interest in both theoretical linguistics and in natural
language processing. A symptom of the former is the Construction grammar
framework, and a symptom of the latter is the growing awareness of the impact of
constructions on
different kinds of information access applications. Constructions are an
interesting phenomenon because they constitute a middleway in the syntax-lexicon
continuum, and because they show great potential in tackling infamously
difficult NLP tasks.

We encourage submissions in all areas of constructions-based research, with
special focus on:
- Theoretical discussions on the nature and place within linguistic theory of
the concept of linguistic constructions.
- Methods and algorithms for identifying and extracting linguistic constructions.
- Uses and applications of linguistic constructions (information access,
sentiment analysis, tools for language learning etc.).

Submission Procedure:
Submission is now open at:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=construct09. Submissions
should not exceed 6 pages, and should use the EACL style files available at
http://www.eacl2009.gr/conference/authors. Reviewing will not be blind, and
authors will be given a chance to revise their papers and discuss comments with
the reviewers before final submission.

Proceedings will be published as a SICS technical report.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: April 1
First review: April 15
Discussion period: April 15-April 22
Final papers due: May 1
Workshop: May 14

Location: Nodalida 2009 (http://beta.visl.sdu.dk/nodalida2009/),Odense, Denmark.

Magnus Sahlgren, SICS (mangesics.se)
Ola Knutsson, KTH (knutssoncsc.kth.se)

Program Committee:
Benjamin Bergen, University of Hawaii
Stefan Evert, University of Osnabrück
Audur Hauksdóttir, University of Iceland
Emma Sköldberg, University of Gothenburg
Jan-Ola Östman, University of Helsinki

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