Joint Workshop on
Multiword Expressions and Wordnets
Workshop at ACL 2019 <http://www.acl2019.org/EN/index.xhtml>(Florence, Italy), August 2, 2019
Organized and sponsored by the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX <http://www.siglex.org/>) of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL <https://www.aclweb.org/portal/>). Endorsed by the Global Wordnet Association <http://globalwordnet.org/>. This event is the 15th edition of the Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE <http://multiword.sourceforge.net/PHITE.php?sitesig=CONF>).
As a joint event, this workshop addresses two domains – multiword expressions and Wordnets – with partly overlapping communities and research interests, but relatively divergent practices and terminologies.
Multiword expressions (MWEs) are word combinations, such as all of a sudden, a hot dog, to pay a visitor to pull one's leg, which exhibit lexical, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and/or statisticalidiosyncrasies. MWEs encompass closely related linguistic objects such as idioms, compounds, light verb constructions, rhetorical figures, institutionalised phrases or collocations. Modelling and computational aspects of MWEs have been covered by the Multiword Expression Workshop, organised over the past years by the MWE section <http://multiword.sourceforge.net/>of SIGLEX <http://www.siglex.org/>. Because of their unpredictable behavior, and most prominently their non-compositional semantics, MWEs pose special problems in linguistic modelling (e.g. treebank annotation and grammar engineering), in NLP pipelines (e.g. when their orchestration with parsing is concerned), and in end-use applications (e.g. information extraction or machine translation).
From its very beginning, Princeton WordNet has included MWEs, and linked their meanings into a shared network: talk, blab, sing, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, tattle, peach, babble, babble out, blab out“divulge confidential information or secrets”. Indeed, over 50% of entries in the Princeton WordNet of English are MWEs and most other wordnets have a similarly high percentage. However, MWEs are generally encoded as a string, with no internal information about syntactic structure or compositionality. Many suggestions for richer encodings have been made but not yet widely adopted, partly because of the cost of adding richer data to already large lexicons.
For the above reasons, the MWE and WN communities are organizing this joint event, which should allow better convergences and scientific innovation. We call for papers focusing on research related (but not limited) to the following topics.
Joint topics on MWEs and Wordnets
Encoding MWEs in wordnets --- how can we take advantage of the existing rich structure of wordnets?
Encoding MWEs in wordnets --- consequences for a lexical-semantic organization of MWEs
Linking wordnets with existing MWE lexicons
Word sense disambiguation for single-word and multiword expressions
Cross-wordnet and cross-language comparisons of MWEs
MWEs in sense-annotated corpora
Semantic relations in wordnets related to MWEs
Computationally-applicable theoretical studies on MWEs and constructions in psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and formal grammars
MWE and construction annotation in corpora and treebanks
MWE and construction representation in manually/automatically constructed lexical resources
Processing of MWEs and constructions in syntactic and semantic frameworks (e.g. CCG, CxG, HPSG, LFG, TAG, UD, etc.), and in end-user applications
(e.g. information extraction, machine translation and summarization)
Original discovery and identification methods for MWEs and constructions
MWEs and constructions in language acquisition and in non-standard language (e.g. tweets, forums, spontaneous speech)
Evaluation of annotation and processing techniques for MWEs and constructions
Retrospective comparative analyses from the PARSEME shared tasks on automatic identification of MWEs
Note that, with the intention to also perpetuate previous converging effects with the Construction Grammar community (see the LAW-MWE-CxG 2018 workshop <http://multiword.sourceforge.net/lawmwecxg2018/>), we extend the traditional MWE scope to include grammatical constructions.
There are two tracks:
Regular research track, where the submissions must be substantially original.
Dissemination track, which welcomes recent previously published work (or work accepted for publication), dedicated explicitly both to MWEs and
WordNet. This will be presented to encourage discussion, but only the abstract will appear in the proceedings.
The regular research tracksubmissions should follow one of the 2 formats:
Long papers(8 content pages + references): Long papers should report on solid and finished research including new experimental results, resources
Short papers(4 content pages + references): Short papers should report on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing research, negative
results and/or philosophical discussion.
The decisions as to oral or poster presentations of the selected papers will be taken by the PC chairs. No distinction between papers presented orally and as posters is made in the workshop proceedings. There is no limit on the number of reference pages. Authors will be granted an extra pagefor the final version of their papers. The submission will be double-blind, as understood by the ACL 2019 submission policy. The reported research should be substantially original. Papers available as preprints can also be submitted provided that they fulfil the conditions defined by the new ACL Policies for Submission, Review and Citation <https://www.aclweb.org/portal/content/new-policies-submission-review-and-citation>. For both types of submissions in this track, the ACL 2019 templates should be used.
The dissemination tracksubmissions are not anonymous, and they should not exceed one page, including the authors' names and affiliations, the mention of the original venue, the link to the original paper and a short explanation why the paper is relevant to MWEs and Wordnets workshop. If the original paper is not publicly available, it should also be submitted in a separate .pdf file but it does not have to follow the ACL 2019 template.
All papers should be submitted via the START space which will be announced in the future calls.
Please choose the appropriate track (research/dissemination) and for research papers the submission modality (long/short).
We follow the the ACL 2019 workshop schedule:
Apr 26, 2019 Paper Submission due
May 24, 2019Notification of Acceptance
Jun 3, 2019Camera-ready papers due
Aug 2, 2019Workshop Dates
Agata Savary <http://www.info.univ-tours.fr/%7Esavary/>, Université François Rabelais Tours (France)
Carla Parra Escartín <https://sites.google.com/site/carlaparraescartin/>, ADAPT Centre / Dublin City University (Ireland)
Francis Bond <http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/home/fcbond/>, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Jelena Mitrović <https://bit.ly/2NhL2lz>, University of Passau (Germany)
Verginica Barbu Mititelu <http://www.racai.ro/en/about-us/racai-staff/verginica-barbu-mititelu/>, Romanian Academy Research Institute for
Artificial Intelligence (Romania)
The organizers will also chair the program committee. The full committee is shown on http://multiword.sourceforge.net/mwewn2019/.
For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to mwewn2019 at gmail.com <http://firstname.lastname@example.org>
The workshop supports the ACL anti-harassment policy <https://www.aclweb.org/adminwiki/index.php?title=Anti-Harassment_Policy>.
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