[Corpora-List] CFP (short papers): ACL-2012 Workshop ExProM "Extra-propositional aspects of meaning in computational linguistics"

Caroline Sporleder csporled at coli.uni-sb.de
Thu Apr 12 16:28:15 CEST 2012

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ACL Workshop ExProM 2012 Extra-propositional aspects of meaning in computational linguistics

Organised by the University of Antwerp and Saarland University Colocated with ACL 2012

13 July 2012, Jeju Island, Korea


***** Short paper submission deadline: 26.4.2012 *****


Short papers are invited for the one-day workshop to be held in Jeju Island, Korea, on 13 July 2012.

Until recently, research in Natural Language Processing (NLP) has focused predominantly on propositional aspects of meaning. For example, semantic role labeling, question answering or text mining tasks aim at extracting information of the type "who does what, when and where". However, understanding language involves also processing Extra-Propositional Aspects of Meaning (EPAM), such as factuality, uncertainty, or subjectivity, since the same propositional meaning can be presented in a diversity of statements. While some work on phenomena like subjectivity has been carried out in the context of sentiment processing, other phenomena like the detection of sarcasm have received less attention.

By proposing this workshop we aim at bringing together scientists working on EPAM from any area related to computational language learning and processing. By EPAM we understand aspects of meaning that cannot be captured with a propositional representation such as the output of semantic role labelers.

For instance, the meaning of the sentence in Example (1) can be represented with the proposition ADD(earthquake,further threats to the global economy), whereas representing the meaning of the sentences in Example (2) requires additional mechanisms, despite the fact that all sentences share a propositional meaning.

(1) The earthquake adds further threats to the global economy.

(2) Does the earthquake add further threats to the global economy?

The earthquake adds further threats to the global economy, doesn't it?

The earthquake does not add further threats to the global economy.

The earthquake will never add further threats to the global economy.

The earthquake will probably add further threats to the global economy.

Who could (possibly) think the earthquake adds further threats to the global economy?

The earthquake might have added further threats to the global economy.

The last analysis shows that the earthquake will add further threats to the global economy.

It is expected that the earthquake will add further threats to the global economy.

It has been denied that the earthquake adds further threats to the global economy.

Some of the sentences above could also be combined in a paragraph such as (3), which shows that the same event can be presented from different perspectives, at different points in time and with different extra-propositional meanings.

(3) The main question 6 months ago was whether the earthquake would add further threats to the global economy. Some days after the earthquake the authorities were convinced that it would be possible to minimize the impact of the earthquake. Most economists didn't share this view and predicted a high economic impact of the earthquake. However, a recent study about the earthquake's effect has shown that, although the earthquake might have added further threats to the global economy, its negative impact can be controlled by applying the right measures.

While the area of EPAM comprises a broad range of phenomena, this workshop will focus mainly on the aspects related to modality understood in a general sense (modalities, hedging, certainty, factuality), negation, attitude, and irony/sarcasm. Since many of these phenomena cannot be adequately modeled without taking (discourse) context into account, the workshop also touches on discourse phenomena in so far as they relate to extra-propositional aspects of meaning.

The workshop is a follow-up to Negation and Speculation in Natural Language Processing (NeSp-NLP 2010) held in Uppsala, Sweden, in July 2010.


In particular, the workshop will address the following topics, although it will be open to other related topics:

- Negation - Modality - Hedging - Factuality - Certainty - Subjectivity, attitude - Evidentiality - Irony, sarcasm - Modeling and annotating extra-propositional aspects of meaning - Scope resolution - Detection of non-factual information - Changes of the factual status of events within a text/message and within collections of texts/messages - Discourse phenomena related to extra-propositional aspects of meaning - The impact of extra-propositional aspects of meaning in NLP tasks: sentiment analysis, text mining, textual entailment, information extraction, machine translation, paraphrasing - Implicit expression of extra-propositional meaning - Multimodal expression of extra-propositional meaning - Author profiling based on extra-propositional aspects of meaning - Extra-propositional aspects of meaning across domains and genres


Authors are invited to submit short papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. All submissions must conform to the official ACL 2012 style guidelines. Formatting instructions and the ACL 2012 Style Files can be found at http://www.acl2012.org/call/sub01.asp .

Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, and two (2) additional pages of references. The following types of papers are appropriate for a short paper submission:

1. A small, focused contribution 2. Work in progress 3. A negative result 4. An opinion piece 5. An interesting application nugget

The reviewing of the papers will be blind and the papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Papers should be submitted no later than April 26, 2012, via the following submission site:



April 26, 2012 - Short paper submission deadline May 11, 2012 - Short paper notification of acceptance May 15, 2012 - Camera-ready short papers due July 13, 2012 - Workshop


Roser Morante, CLiPS-LTG, University of Antwerp Caroline Sporleder, MMCI / Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University


Johan Bos - University of Groningen Gosse Bouma - University of Groningen Walter Daelemans - University of Antwerp Matt Gerber - University of Virginia Roxana Girju - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Iris Hendrickx - University of Lisbon Halil Kilicoglu - Concordia University Maria Liakata - University of Wales Katja Markert - University of Leeds Erwin Marsi - Norwegian University of Science and Technology David Martinez - NICTA and University of Melbourne Malvina Nissim - University of Bologna Sebastian Pado - University of Heidelberg Sampo Pyysalo - NaCTeM and University of Manchester Owen Rambow - Columbia University Paolo Rosso - Universidad Polit?cnica de Valencia Josef Ruppenhofer - Saarland University Roser Sauri - Barcelona Media Innovation Center Carlo Strapparava - Fondazione Bruno Kessler György Szarvas - TU Darmstadt Erik Velldal - University of Oslo Anita de Waard - Elsevier Labs Bonnie Webber - University of Edinburgh Michael Wiegand - Saarland University

-- --------------------------------------------------------- Caroline Sporleder Cluster of Excellence MMCI / Computational Linguistics Saarland University csporled at coli.uni-sb.de http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/~csporled ---------------------------------------------------------

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