Workshop on the Role of Constituents in Multi-Word Expressions: An Interdisciplinary, Cross-Lingual Perspective
Workshop at the Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society Saarbrücken, Germany March 8-10, 2017
Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016
The processing and representation of multi-word expressions (MWEs), ranging from noun compounds (e.g. "hogwash" in English, and "Ohrwurm" in German) to particle verbs (e.g. "give up" in English, and "aufgeben" in German) has remained an unsettled issue over the past 20+ years.
>From a psycholinguistic perspective the question is how the semantic
transparency of the constituents affects the processing and representation of the MWE they compose (Libben, 2006; Gagne and Spalding, 2009; Ji et al., 2011; Marelli and Luzzatti, 2012). For example, the semantic transparency of the head has been found to affect the processing of noun compounds in English but not in German, with similar findings contrasting the effects of semantic transparency in English and German particle verbs (Smolka et al., 2014).
>From a computational perspective the question is how the different
types of constituents (i.e., modifiers vs. heads, particles vs. verb stems) influence the automatic prediction of semantic transparency, as typically addressed by vector space models relying on the distributional hypothesis and empirical co-occurrence information from large corpora (Reddy et al., 2011; Bell and Schäfer, 2013; Salehi and Cook, 2013; Schulte im Walde et al., 2013; 2016).
In this workshop, we aim to exploit complementary evidence from the two very different types of MWE (noun compounds and particle verbs) to shed light on the interaction of constituent properties and compound transparency. We invite research contributions across languages and across research disciplines to provide a cross-linguistic perspective integrating linguistic, psycholinguistic, corpus-based and computational studies.
Relevant aspects include (but are not restricted to) - investigations on the role of constituent ambiguity; - conditions for analogies and meaning shifts; - the age at which children are affected by constituent transparency; - evidence from neologisms; and - empirical constituent properties (e.g. frequency and productivity).
Gary Libben, Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University
Marco Marelli, Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University
Abstracts may consist of up to 500 words (max. 1 page), plus additional material such as tables, figures and references on a second page. An extra page should list all authors and their affiliations.
Abstracts should be submitted as PDF via EasyChair at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dgfsmwe17.
The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2016.
Sabine Schulte im Walde, Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Universität Stuttgart
Eva Smolka, Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Konstanz
PD Dr. Sabine Schulte im Walde
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung Universität Stuttgart Pfaffenwaldring 5b 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
fon: +49 (711) 685-84584 fax: +49 (711) 685-81366 email: schulte at ims.uni-stuttgart.de