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Full Title: Workshop on the Annotation of Modal Meanings in Natural Language

   
Short Title: IWCS 2013 WAMM
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Start Date: 19-Mar-2013 - 19-Mar-2013
Contact: Aynat Rubinstein
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/a/georgetown.edu/iwcs-2013-wamm/
Meeting Description: Workshop on the Annotation of Modal Meanings in Natural Language (WAMM)
https://sites.google.com/a/georgetown.edu/iwcs-2013-wamm/
Workshop to be held in conjunction with the International Conference for Computational Semantics (IWCS)
Potsdam, March 19, 2013

In the Workshop on the Annotation of Modal Meaning, we aim to bring together researchers from a variety of backgrounds with interest in the design and development of resources for the sophisticated annotation of modal meaning in text (as expressed by modal auxiliaries, modal adjectives, and attitude verbs).

The annotation of modal meaning presents a number of wide ranging problems, relating to the choice of features to be annotated, the scopal interaction of modals with other elements, and the subtlety of the distinctions to be drawn among modality types. Modals tend to be highly ambiguous, with senses that are subtly distinct and overlapping. There are also pervasive contextual pressures on interpretation, as well as grammatical constraints operative in particular syntactic configurations. The goal of this workshop is to provide a context for discussion of the challenges raised by the annotation of modal meaning (in various languages and textual genres), as well as the application of modally annotated corpora to theoretical investigation and to practical tasks like textual entailment, factuality and sentiment analysis.

Invited Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Anette Frank (Department of Computational Linguistics, University of Heidelberg)
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 24.1187


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