Paper submission deadline extended to March 5 due to multiple requests.
NAACL Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity (CALC 2009)
Boulder, Colorado June 4, 2009
It is generally agreed upon that "linguistic creativity" is a unique property of human language. Some claim that linguistic creativity is expressed in our ability to combine known words in a new sentence, others refer to our skill to express thoughts in figurative language, and yet others talk about syntactic recursion and lexical creativity.
For the purpose of this workshop, we treat the term "linguistic creativity" to mean "creative language usage at different levels", from the lexicon to syntax to discourse and text (see also topics, below).
The recognition of instances of linguistic creativity and the computation of their meaning constitute one of the most challenging problems for a variety of Natural Language Processing tasks, such as machine translation, text summarization, information retrieval, question answering, and sentiment analysis. Computational systems incorporating models of linguistic creativity operate on different types of data (including written text, audio/speech/sound, and video/images/gestures). New approaches might combine information from different modalities. Creativity-aware systems will improve the contribution Computational Linguistics has to offer to many practical areas, including education, entertainment, and engineering.
Within the scope of the workshop, the event is intended to be interdisciplinary. Besides contributions from an NLP perspective, we also welcome the participation of researchers who deal with linguistic creativity from different perspectives, including psychology, neuroscience, or human-computer interaction.
We are particularly interested in work on the automatic detection, classification, understanding, or generation of:
* neologisms; * figurative language, including metaphor, metonymy, personification, idioms; * new or unconventional syntactic constructions ("May I serve who's next?") and constructions defying traditional parsers (e.g. gapping: "Many words were spoken, and sentiments expressed"); * indirect speech acts (such as curses, insults, sarcasm and irony); * verbally expressed humor; * poetry and fiction; * and other phenomena illustrating linguistic creativity.
Depending on the state of the art of approaches to the various phenomena and languages, preference will be given to work on deeper processing (e.g., understanding, goal-driven generation) rather than shallow approaches (e.g., binary classification, random generation). We also welcome descriptions and discussions of:
* computational tools that support people in using language creatively (e.g. tools for computer-assisted creative writing, intelligent thesauri); * computational and/or cognitive models of linguistic creativity; * metrics and tools for evaluating the performance of creativity-aware systems; * specific application scenarios of computational linguistic creativity; * design and implementation of creativity-aware systems.
Related topics, including corpora collection, elicitation, and annotation of creative language usage, will also be considered, as long as their relevance to automatic systems is clearly pointed out.
Invited Speaker ===============
Nick Montfort, MIT
Submissions should describe original, unpublished work. Papers are limited to 8 pages. The style files can be found here: [http://clear.colorado.edu/NAACLHLT2009/stylefiles.html]. No author information should be included in the papers, since reviewing will be blind. Papers not conforming to these requirements are subject to rejection without review. Papers should be submitted via START [https://www.softconf.com/naacl-hlt09/CALC2009/] in PDF format.
We encourage submissions from everyone. For those how are new to ACL conferences and workshops, or with special needs, we are planning to set up a lunch mentoring program. Let us know if you are interested. Also, a limited number of student travel grants might become available, intended for individuals with minority background and current residents of countries where conference travel funding is usually hard to find.
Important Dates ===============
Submission Deadline: Mar 05, 2009 Notification Due: Mar 30, 2009 Final Version Due: Apr 12, 2009 Workshop: Jun 04, 2009
* Anna Feldman, Montclair State University (anna.feldman at montclair.edu) * Birte Loenneker-Rodman, University of Hamburg, Germany (birte.loenneker at uni-hamburg.de)
Program Committee =================
* Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology; * Roberto Basili, University of Roma, Italy; * Amilcar Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal; * Afsaneh Fazly, University of Toronto, Canada; * Eileen Fitzpatrick, Montclair State University; * Pablo Gervas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; * Sam Glucksberg, Princeton University; * Jerry Hobbs, ISI, Marina del Rey; * Sid Horton, Northwestern University; * Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa, Canada; * Mark Lee, Birmingham, UK; * Hugo Liu, MIT; * Xiaofei Lu, Penn State; * Ruli Manurung, University of Indonesia; * Katja Markert, University of Leeds, UK; * Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas; * Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, The Netherlands; * Andrew Ortony, Northwestern University; * Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis; * Richard Sproat, Oregon Health and Science University; * Gerard Steen, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; * Carlo Strapparava, Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, Trento, Italy; * Juergen Trouvain, Saarland University, Germany.
A list of references, illustrating the range of possible topics for CALC-2009, can be found at http://aclweb.org/aclwiki/index.php?title=CALC-09.