[Corpora-List] 1st Call for papers for 'CogALex-VI'

Michael Zock michael.zock at lis-lab.fr
Wed Jan 1 20:34:21 CET 2020

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CogALex-VI, a Workshop on "Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon"

Co-located with COLING 2020 (https://sites.google.com/view/cogalex-2020/home)


Call for papers (CogALex-VI)

CognitiveAspects of the Lexicon https://sites.google.com/view/cogalex-2020/home/call-for-papers

Deadline of paper submission: May 14, 2020 Shared task papers due : May 20,2024

1 Workshop Description

Supporting us in many tasks (thinking, searching, memorizing and communicating) words are important. Hence, one may wonder how to build tools supporting their learning and usage (access/navigation). Alas the answer is not quite as straightforward as it may seem. It depends on various factors: the questioner's background (lexicography, psychology, computer science), the task (production/reception), and the material support (hardware). Words in books, computers and the human brain are not the same. Obviously, being aware of this, different communities have focused on different issues —(dictionary building; creation of navigational tools; representation and organization of words; time course for accessing a word, etc.)— yet, their views and respective goals have changed considerably over time.

Rather than considering the lexicon as a static entity, where discrete units (words) are organized alphabetically (database view), dictionaries are now viewed dynamically, i.e., as lexical graphs, whose entities are linked in various ways (topical relations; associations) and whose weight links may vary over time. While lexicographers view words as products (holistic entities), psychologists and neuroscientists view them as processes (decomposition), involving various steps or layers (representations) between an input and an output.

Computational linguists have their own ways to look at words, and their proposals have also changed quite a bit during the last decade. Discrete count-based vector representations have successively been replaced by continuous vectors (i.e., word embeddings) and then by language-model-based contextualized representations. These latter are more powerful than any of the other forms, as they are able to account for context ambiguity, outperforming the static models (including word-embeddings) in a broad range of tasks.

As one can see, different communities look at words from different angles, which can be an asset, as complementary views may help us to broaden and deepen our understanding of this fundamental cognitive resource. Yet, this diversity of perspectives can also a problem, in particular if the field is rapidly moving on, as in our case. This is one of the reasons why we organize this workshop. More precisely, our goal is not only to keep people informed without getting them crushed by the information glut, but also to help them to perceive clearly what is new, relevant, hence important.

2   Scope and Topics

This workshop is about possible enhancements of lexical resources (representation, organization of the data, etc.). Also, just like in the past we propose again a 'shared task'. This time the goal is to provide a common benchmark for testing lexical representations for the automatic identification of lexical semantic relations (synonymy, antonymy, hypernymy, part-whole meronymy) in various languages (English, Chinese, and so on).

For this workshop we solicit papers including but not limited to the following topics.

1. Organization, i.e. structure of the lexicon

2. The meaning of words and how to reveal it

3. Analysis of the conceptual input given by a dictionary user

4. Methods for crafting dictionaries or indexes

5. Creation of new types of dictionaries

6. Dictionary access (navigation and search strategies), interface issues

For more details see (https://sites.google.com/view/cogalex-2020/home/call-for-papers)

3  Workshop Submissions

The workshop features two tracks:

* A regular research track, where the submissions must be substantially original. * A shared task track, with submissions consisting of system description papers.

For more details see here : https://sites.google.com/view/cogalex-2020/home/call-for-papers

4 Important Dates

Workshop papers

* Paper submission deadline: May 14, 2020 * Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2020

Shared task

* Release of development data : March 1, 2020 * Release of test data April: 20-24, 2020 * Shared task papers due : May 20,2024

5 Invited Speaker

Alex Arenas (Alephsys Lab, Universidad Rovira i Virgili, 43007 Tarragona, Spain, http://deim.urv.cat/~alexandre.arenas/)

6 Workshop Organizers

* Michael Zock (LIS, CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France) * Alessandro Lenci (Comput. Linguistics Laboratory, University of Pisa, Italy) * Enrico Santus (MIT Computer Science & AI Lab, Boston, USA) * Emmanuele Chersoni (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China)

7 Program Committee

See https://sites.google.com/view/cogalex-2020/home/programme-committee

8 Contacts

For general questions, please get in touch with Michael Zock (michael.zock at lis-lab.fr)

Concerning the shared task, please contact Enrico Santus (esantus at gmail.com), or Emmanuele Chersoni (emmanuelechersoni at gmail.com)


Michael ZOCK

Directeur de Recherche Émérite LIS UMR CNRS 7020 (Groupe TALEP) Aix Marseille Université 163 Avenue de Luminy - case 901

F-13288 Marseille/France

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