[Corpora-List] CFP Workshop at DGfS 2018. Evaluative meanings: Theoretical and computational perspectives

Farah Benamara Zitoune benamara at irit.fr
Tue Jun 27 16:44:46 CEST 2017

Call for Papers

Workshop: "Evaluative meanings: Theoretical and computational perspectives" Workshop at DGfS 2018, 7-9 March 2018, University of Stuttgart

Call Deadline: 6 August 2017

Website: https://evalsem.wordpress.com/

Meeting Description:

Interest in the encoding of evaluative meanings has significantly increased in recent years, both in theoretical and in computationally oriented research. Much recent research in formal linguistics (in particular, but not exclusively, semantics and syntax) has turned towards topics such as evaluativity (e.g. Grosz 2012, Bianchi et al. 2016), subjectivity (e.g. Lasersohn 2005, Beltrama 2017) and expressivity (Potts 2007, Constant et al. 2009). In parallel, computational linguistics has given rise to fields such as sentiment analysis, which explicitly aim at the computational investigation of evaluative phenomena. While theoretical and computational approaches have largely been pursued in parallel, recent discussions such as Benamara et al. (2017) highlight the importance of an interdisciplinary discourse between the two fields.

The aims of the workshop are to address current issues in the investigation of evaluativity within formal semantics and syntax, and at the same time, to allow for cross-fertilization with computational linguistic research.

Invited speakers:

Andrea Beltrama (Universitńt Konstanz) Farah Benamara (IRIT-UniversitÚ de Toulouse)


Valentina Bianchi (University of Siena) Patrick Georg Grosz (University of Oslo)

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions that address evaluativity from a theoretical and/or computational angle, with an overarching goal of furthering an interdisciplinary discourse.

Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, at most 2 pages long, in a font size no less than 12pt, and with margins of 1 inch/2.5cm. Every author can submit at most one single-authored abstract and one co-authored abstract. Please submit abstracts via EasyChair (see link below) no later than August 6, 2017.

Abstract submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=evalsemdgfs2018

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following and combinations thereof:

- scalarity in predicates of personal taste, in concessive meaning (e.g., "even / at least"), in expressive elements (intensifiers, diminutives, interjections, epithets, swear words);

- the impact of Information Structure on evaluative meanings (QUD-based approaches to evaluativity; "emphatic" and scalar focus);

- evaluation scores and the nature of sentiment-related scales (e.g. positive-neutral-negative);

- sentiment analysis and negation, modality, evidentiality, nonveridicality;

- semantic/syntactic analysis of evaluative/expressive speech acts (optatives, exclamatives, etc.); detection of such speech acts in corpora;

- how to derive evaluative/expressive/subjective meanings in a concrete discourse model;

- linguistic underpinnings of computational extraction methods; context and discourse factors in the automatic extraction of evaluativity/subjectivity from corpora;

- the role of implicit evaluative judges and attitude holders in semantic/syntactic analysis; detection of such entities in corpora;

- evaluativity and polarity (scalar properties of NPIs and PPIs);

- diachronic semantics of evaluativity/subjectivity (e.g. "totally").


- Beltrama, A. 2017. 'Totally' between subjectivity and discourse. Exploring the pragmatic side of intensification. Ms., accepted for publication in Journal of Semantics. - Benamara, F., M. Taboada & Y. Mathieu. 2017. Evaluative Language Beyond Bags of Words: Linguistic Insights and Computational Applications. Computational Linguistics 43, 201-264. - Bianchi, V., Bocci, G. & S. Cruschina. 2016. Focus fronting, unexpectedness, and evaluative implicatures. Semantics and Pragmatics 9.3. - Constant, N., C. Davis, C. Potts & F. Schwarz. 2009. The pragmatics of expressive content: Evidence from large corpora. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung 33, 5-21. - Grosz, P. 2012. On the grammar of optative constructions. Amsterdam, John Benjamins. - Lasersohn, P. 2005. Context dependence, disagreement, and predicates of personal taste. Linguistics and Philosophy 28, 643-686. - Potts, C. 2007. The expressive dimension. Theoretical Linguistics 33.2.

-- ============================= Farah Benamara Zitoune Associate Professor HDR, UniversitÚ Paul Sabatier IRIT-MELODI, Bureau 310 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062, Toulouse. Tel : +33 561558298 http://www.irit.fr/~Farah.Benamara ==================================

-- ============================= Farah Benamara Zitoune Associate Professor HDR, UniversitÚ Paul Sabatier IRIT-MELODI, Bureau 310 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062, Toulouse. Tel : +33 561558298 http://www.irit.fr/~Farah.Benamara ==================================

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