[Corpora-List] 10th Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC-10) First Call for Papers

C. Paul Cook paul.cook at unb.ca
Thu Feb 12 02:44:50 CET 2015

The 10th Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC-10) First Call for Papers 10 August 2015, Herstmonceux Castle, UK Submission deadline: 24 April 2015 http://www.sigwac.org.uk/wiki/WAC10

Endorsed by the Special Interest Group of the ACL on Web as Corpus

The web has become increasingly popular as a source of linguistic data, not only within the NLP community, but also with lexicographers and linguists. Accordingly, web corpora continue to gain importance, given their size and diversity in terms of genres/text types. However, a number of issues in web corpus construction still need much research, ranging from questions of corpus design to more-technical aspects of efficient construction of large corpora. Similarly, the systematic evaluation of web corpora, for example in the form of task-based comparisons to traditional corpora, has only lately shifted into focus.

For a decade now, the ACL SIGWAC, and especially the highly successful Web as Corpus (WAC) workshops, have served as a platform for researchers interested in building and working with web-derived corpora. Past workshops have been co-located with EACL, NAACL, LREC, WWW, and Corpus Linguistics.

This year we are excited to be collocated with Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: linking lexical data in the digital age (eLex 2015). This will be the first time that WAC has co-located with a lexicography conference.


As in previous years, the 10th Web as Corpus workshop (WAC-10) invites original contributions pertaining to all aspects of web corpora, including data collection, cleaning, duplicate removal, document filtering, linguistic post-processing and annotation, and the use of web corpora in language technology and linguistics. Because of its co-location with a lexicography conference, WAC-10 particularly encourages submissions related to the use of web corpora in lexicography.

A major challenge in the construction of web corpora is the question of the quality and the evaluation of both the software used in the construction of web corpora as well as the corpora themselves. WAC10 encourages submissions related to these issues.


All submissions should follow the ACL-IJCNLP 2015 style guidelines and must be in PDF format.

Full paper submissions may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. Full papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.

Papers will be presented either orally or as posters at the workshop. There will be no distinction between papers presented orally and those presented as posters in the proceedings.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, 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 (1991) previously showed ...". Papers not conforming to these requirements will be rejected without review.

We strongly recommend the use of the ACL-IJCNLP 2015 LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files. The style files and example documents will be available from the workshop website. We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles including font and page size restrictions.


Paul Cook, University of New Brunswick (paul.cook at unb.ca)

Roland Schäfer, Freie Universität Berlin (roland.schaefer at fu-berlin.de)

Egon Stemle, EURAC (egon.stemle at eurac.edu)

PROGRAMM COMMITTEE (Confirmed so far)

Andrea Abel, European Academy Bolzano / Bozen

Felix Bildhauer, Freie Universität Berlin

Jesse Egbert, Brigham Young University

Stefan Evert, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Simon Krek, Jožef Stefan Institute

Lothar Lemnitzer, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Robert Lew, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Nikola Ljubešić, University of Zagreb

Carolin Müller-Spitzer, Institut für Deutsche Sprache

Siva Reddy, University of Edinburgh

Steffen Remus, TU Darmstadt

Pavel Rychly, Masaryk University

Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds

Yukio Tono, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Andreas Witt, Institut für Deutsche Sprache

Torsten Zesch, University of Duisburg-Essen


24 April 2015: Paper submission deadline (23:59 GMT-12)

29 May 2015: Notification

19 June 2015: Camera-ready deadline

10 August 2015: WAC-10 Workshop

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