Second Call for extended abstracts
Workshop Discourse studies and linguistic data science: Addressing challenges in interoperability, multilinguality and linguistic data processing - DiSLiDaS 2022 Jerusalem, Jerusalem College of Technology 24 May 2022 Website: http://dislidas.mozajka.co
The Cost Action CA18209 NexusLinguarum (https://nexuslinguarum.eu) is glad to announce the Workshop Discourse studies and linguistic data science: Addressing challenges in interoperability, multilinguality and linguistic data processing - DiSLiDaS. Due to restrictions from Covid-19, the workshop will be held in hybrid mode, so speakers and attendees can choose to participate on site or online.
*Schedule and Submission* Extended abstracts due: March, 20, 2022 NEW DATE, March 28, 2022 Extended abstract acceptance notifications: April, 20, 2022 Full papers due: July, 20, 2022 Full papers notifications: October, 15, 2022
We invite extended abstracts on topics tackling discourse studies, linguistic data science or interoperability challenges in the discourse domain (detailed description below and available from the website: http://dislidas.mozajka.co). As the workshop brings together web technologies with linguistics and language technology it may be of special interest to the participants of this list.
Authors are invited to submit and extended abstract up to 4 pages excluding references in pdf using the template of Springer LNSC proceedings to be accessed here: https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines
Submissions must be anonymous and should be submitted electronically via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dislidas2022.
At least one author of each accepted extended abstract is required to register for, and present the work at the workshop.
*Detailed description* The purpose of the workshop is to gather current research advances in discourse analysis and representation, in the context of multilinguality, from a linguistic and computational perspective. We invite submissions addressing challenges such as interoperability, linguistic linked open data (LLOD), and language processing and analysis. The workshop topics are the following (but not limited to):
● Discourse and dialog annotation: Parsing and representation across languages and frameworks ● Discourse markers and discourse relations (RST, PDTB, SDRT): Identification, prediction and extraction ● Attitudes discovery and interpretation in Discourse: Appraisal and sentiment ● Effects of multimodality on discourse interpretation: Intonation, gesture and text ● Interoperability for Multilingual language data: Challenges of rich and distributed data ● Discourse data and machine learning: Methods and tools
Discourse comprises a wide variety of linguistic phenomena, such as discourse markers, discourse relations, speaker attitude, that have been largely studied by different communities of practice from Linguistics and Computation, rendering several theoretical frameworks (for instance, RST, SDRT, PDTB, for discourse relations; appraisal theory for sentiment analysis,...), and technological approaches, such as transformer models, embeddings and alike. Nonetheless, there are open issues with regards to interoperability, multilinguality, and language processing, in particular, the existence of different annotation schemas, disambiguation, lack of training data for machine learning, scarcity of effective language phenomena detection and interpretation methods, diverse vocabularies, insufficient multilingual parallel corpora of non-dialog and dialog, initial stages of exploration of multimodality.
Discourse research is one of the central research areas of natural language processing (NLP) too. NLP research focuses on formalization, identification and discovery of semantic phenomena, dialogue exchange structure, and coherence of text. Some of the technological approaches of NLP include the use of transformer models, word embeddings, linguistic linked open data, constitution of aligned multilingual corpora, vocabularies of language phenomena and alike. Computational discourse explores the evidence that language consists not only in placing words in the right order but also in detection and interpretation of the meaning and deeper textual relations as well as organizing ideas into a logical textual flow. The linguistic approaches study language phenomena referring to coherence and cohesiveness of discourse, lexical, phrasal, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic means to express discourse relations, represent their roles and build language resources for them.
Despite all the advances, there are still plenty of unresolved problems related to interoperability, multilinguality, and language processing. With the growth of the Semantic Web and Linguistic Linked Data, interoperability is key to read, to interpret and to adopt language resources. The existence of different annotation schemas to encode discourse relations constitutes a problem to allow data exchange and re-use on the one hand and to provide theoretical consistency when producing annotated corpora. Ideally, the model is custom designed to deal with all the specificities of a particular dataset, but also broad enough so that it can be applied to other datasets. Many proposals try to achieve this balance, one of them being ISO 24617. The treatment of multilinguality is also complicated because of the insufficiency of multilingual parallel corpora of collections of non-dialog and dialog texts, that would allow systematic contrastive studies. As to language processing, the lack of training data for machine learning, coupled with the scarcity of effective language phenomena detection and interpretation methods, the coexistence of diverse vocabularies, and the minimal attention to the contribution of the tone of voice, intonation, gestures to the meaning and the informative value of discourse elements makes the task of discourse processing still very challenging.
The workshop intends to be a forum of discussion for researchers interested in addressing the aforementioned challenges and in advancing the-state-of-art in discourse studies and linguistic data science.
*Program* The Scientific Program will include one invited talk and oral presentations.
Invited Speaker Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh
*Publication* Accepted papers are expected to be published in a volume by John Benjamins.
*Program committee* Nicolas Asher, CNRS/IRIT, Toulouse, France Johan Bos, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands Paul Buitelaer, NUI Galway, Ireland Harry Bunt, Tilburg University, Netherlands Philip Cimiano, University Bielefeld, Germany Ludivine Crible, Ghent University Maria Josep Cuenca, Universitat de València Vera Demberg, University of Saarland, Germany Jorge Garcia, University of Zaragoza, Spain Mikel Iruskieta, University of the Basque Country, Spain John McCrae, NUI Galway, Ireland Ted Sanders, Utrecht University Merel Scholman, University of Saarland, Germany Manfred Stede, University Potsdam, Germany Radoslava Trnavac, University of Belgrade, Serbia Amir Zeldes, The Georgetown University, USA
*Organizing committee* Chaya Liebeskind, Jerusalem College of Technology, Jerusalem (Local organizer) Purificação Silvano, Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, CLUP, Porto, Portugal Christian Chiarcos, Applied Computational Linguistics, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Mariana Damova, Mozaika, Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria Giedre Valunaite Oleskevicienė, Mykolas Romeris University, Institute of Humanities, Vilnius, Lithuania Dimitar Trajanov, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia Ciprian-Octavian Truica, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania Elena-Simona Apostol, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania Anna Bączkowska, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Contact: organizers at dislidas.mozajka.co<mailto:organizers at dislidas.mozajka.co>