[Corpora-List] Call for Participation: TextLink Workshop "Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations

Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski e.lapshinova at mx.uni-saarland.de
Thu Aug 6 10:58:55 CEST 2015

************************************************************************* TextLink Workshop: "Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language" (DiSpoL)

Saarbrücken, Germany, October 1-2, 2015

Keynote speech by Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology)

More info: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/conf/dispol2015

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You are cordially invited to participate in the DiSpoL workshop "Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language" in Saarbrücken, Germany, on October 1-2, 2015.

Goal of the workshop: The DiSpoL Workshop aims at bringing together researchers from different areas working on theoretical and methodological issues in the field of discourse and corpus annotation. Effective discourse in any language is characterised by clear relations between sentences and coherent structure. But languages vary in how relations and structure are signalled, and the same is true for different text types and modes. While most discourse-annotated resources are based on written text, less work has been done on annotating and investigating discourse relations in spoken language. It is exactly this domain in which we expect crucial differences concerning the realisation of discourse relations and discourse structure.

The DiSpoL workshop will focus on the identification and annotation of discourse relations in spoken language and in spoken-like text types such as computer-mediated communication or user-generated content from social media. This will raise questions concerning additional properties (and classes) of discourse-relational devices (DRDs) present in spoken data that are not captured by frameworks developed for written texts. How can these be identified and annotated in terms of categories designed for written language? The overall goal of the workshop is the development of a unified annotation framework for DRDs that will increase the inter-operability of existing resources (such as the Penn Discourse Treebank, the RST Discourse Treebank, ...) and that is applicable to different languages and text types, including spoken and written dimensions.

There is no registration fee, but registration per e-mail is required. To register, please send an email to dispol2015 at gmail.com before *September 15* (for authors, the registration deadline is *August 7*). You are also invited to join us for the workshop dinner on October 1, 2015 (20 EUR per person). Please indicate in your mail whether you plan to attend the workshop dinner.

See workshop website for the full program:


======================= Organising committee ======================= Vera Demberg Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski Ines Rehbein Merel Scholman

The DiSpoL Workshop is organized in the framework of the COST Action IS1312, "TextLink: Structuring Discourse in Multilingual Europe".

-- Dr. Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski

Fachrichtung 4.6 Dept. of Applied Linguistics, Interpreting and Translation

Universität des Saarlandes Building A2.2, Room 1.02 Campus, 66123 Saarbrücken Tel. +49 681 302 2563 E-Mail: e.lapshinova at mx.uni-saarland.de

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