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        1.    Valia Kordoni, 2nd ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on the Linguistic Dimensions of Prepositions and their Use in Computational Linguistics Formalisms and Applications

Message 1: 2nd ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on the Linguistic Dimensions of Prepositions and their Use in Computational Linguistics Formalisms and Applications

Date: 29-Mar-2005
From: Valia Kordoni <>
Subject: 2nd ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on the Linguistic Dimensions of Prepositions and their Use in Computational Linguistics Formalisms and Applications

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2nd ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on the Linguistic Dimensions of Prepositions and their
Use in Computational Linguistics Formalisms and Applications
Short Title: Prep05

Date: 19-Apr-2005 - 21-Apr-2005
Location: Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
Contact: Aline Villavicencio
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Cognitive
Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics;
Language Acquisition; Language Description; Lexicography; Linguistic Theories;
Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics;
Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

In the linguistic and computational linguistic communities, much of the effort
has been devoted to the understanding of the syntax and semantics of verbs and
nouns. On the other hand, prepositions, partly due to their very polysemic
nature and the difficulty of identifying (cross-)linguistic regularities, have
received much less attention.

Recently, however, there has been a growing awareness of the difficulties posed
by prepositions and the importance of providing adequate means of capturing
them, for many different applications. Several projects have now focused on the
understanding of certain aspects of prepositions from perspectives such as
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NLP),
psycholinguistics and ethnolinguistics.

For instance, some research has concentrated on spatial or temporal aspects of
prepositions, and their cross-linguistic differences. Several investigations
have also been carried out on quite diverse languages, emphasizing, for
example, monolingual and cross-linguistic contrasts or the role of prepositions
in syntactic alternations. These observations cover in general a small group of
closely related prepositions. The semantic characterization of prepositions has
also motivated the emergence of a few dedicated logical frameworks and
reasoning procedures.

Languages like English have phrasal verbs, and these combinations of verbs and
prepositions (in prepositional verbs or verb-particle constructions), have also
been the subject of considerable effort, going from techniques for their
automatic extraction from corpora, to methods for the determination of their
semantics. Other languages, like Romance languages or Hindi, either
incorporate the preposition or include it in the prepositional phrase. All
these configurations are semantically as well as syntactically of much interest.

In NLP, PP attachment ambiguities have attracted a lot of attention, with
different machine learning techniques having been employed with varying degrees
of success.

In this context, a successful workshop on prepositions was held in Toulouse, in
September 2003, with papers presenting research in a wide variety of topics,
examining prepositions in languages like French, English, German and Japanese,
some from a more computational approach and others more linguistic.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on
prepositions from a variety of backgrounds, such as linguistics, NLP, AI and
psycholinguistics, providing a forum for discussing, among others, the syntax,
semantics, description, representation and computational applications of
prepositions, with the ultimate aim to advance the state-of-the-art, identify
challenges, and promote future collaborations among researchers interested in
the different aspects of prepositions.


Information on registration can be found at:


Anne Abeille (Université Paris 7, France)
Doug Arnold (University of Essex, UK)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Colin J Bannard (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Luc Baronian (Stanford University, USA)
John Beavers (Stanford University, USA)
Bob Borsley (University of Essex, UK)
Harry Bunt (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy)
Markus Egg (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Sonja Eisenbeiss (University of Essex, UK)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Dan Flickinger (Stanford University, USA)
Frederik Fouvry (Saarland University, Germany)
Anette Frank (DFKI, Germany)
Daniele Godard (Université Paris 7, France)
Sanda Harabagiu (University of Texas at Dallas)
Julia Hockenmaier (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Tracy King (PARC, USA)
Valia Kordoni (Saarland University, Germany)
Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK)
Jonas Kuhn (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Ingrid Leung (University of Essex, UK)
Alda Mari (CNRS / ENST Infres, France)
Paola Merlo (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Anna Papafragou (University of Delaware, USA)
Steve Pulman (University of Oxford, UK)
Henk van Riemsdijk (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
Louisa Sadler (University of Essex, UK)
Patrick Saint Dizier (IRIT, France)
Karin Kipper Schuler (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Advaith Siddharthan (Columbia University, USA)
Melanie Siegel (DFKI, Germany)
Hidetosi Sirai (Chukyo University, Japan)
Andrew Spencer (University of Essex, UK)
Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Beata Trawinski (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
Jesse Tseng (Loria, France)
Aline Villavicencio (University of Essex, UK) - Workshop Chair
Martin Volk (Stockholms Universitet, Sweden)
Clare Voss (Army Research Laboratory, USA)
Tom Wasow (Stanford University, USA)
Emile van der Zee (University of Lincoln, UK)
Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)


Day 1

13.50 - 14.00 - Opening Session

14.00 - 14.30 - Adpositions in Estonian Computational Syntax
Kaili Müürisep, Kadri Muischnek and Tiina Puolakainen

14.30 - 15.00 - Prepositions and complement selection
Jesse Tseng

15.00 - 15.30 - Preposition-Pronoun Contraction in Polish
Beata Trawinski

15.30 - 16.00 - Coffee Break

16.00 - 16.30 - Prepositions as abstract relations
Allan Ramsay

16.30 - 17.00 - Prepositions and event participants
Boban Arsenijevic

17.00 - 17.30 - The polysemy of ''from'' within the barrier verb construction
Christopher Phipps

Day 2

09.00 - 09.30 - Minor prepositions in nominal projections
Frank Van Eynde

09.30 - 10.00 - A Minimal Recursion Semantics Analysis of Locatives
Fredrik Jørgensen and Jan Tore Lønning

10.00 - 10.30 - Classification of Prepositional Senses for Deep Grammar Applications
Lars Hellan and Dorothee Beermann

10.30 - 11.00 - Coffee Break

11.00 - 11.30 - Spatial and temporal arguments of the preposition ''uz'' in Serbian
Tijana Asic

11.30 - 12.00 - Meaning of Japanese Spatial Nouns
Tokunaga Takenobu, Koyama Tomofumi and Saito Suguru

12.00 - 12.30 - B3D - A System for the Description and Calculation of Spatial
Thorsten Reichelt and Etienne Verleih

12.30 - 14.00 - Lunch

14.00 - 15.00 - Invited Speaker - Paola Merlo - TBA

15.00 - 15.30 - Towards More Accurate PP Attachment even with Simple Algorithms
Brian Mitchell

15.30 - 16.00 - Coffee Break

16.00 - 16.30 - Cognitive Representations of Projective Prepositions
John Kelleher and Fintan Costello

16.30 - 17.00 - A context-dependent model of proximity in physically situated
Geert-Jan M. Kruijff and John Kelleher

17.00 - 17.30 Business Meeting

Workshop Dinner

Day 3

09.00 - 09.30 - Concept-Based Meaning Representation of Prepositions
Steffen Leo Hansen

09.30 - 10.00 -Reasoning with Prepositions within a Cooperative
Question-Answering Framework
Farah Benamara

10.00 - 10.30 - Sense Disambiguation for Preposition 'with'
Chutima Boonthum, Shunichi Toida and Irwin Levinstein

10.30 - 11.00 - Coffee Break

11.00 - 11.30 - An overview of PrepNet: abstract notions, frames and inferential
Patrick Saint-Dizier

11.30 - 12.00 - The Preposition Project
Kenneth C. Litkowski and Orin Hargraves

12.00 - 13.30 - Lunch

13.30 - 14.00 - Looking for Prepositional Verbs in Corpus Data
Timothy Baldwin

14.00 - 14.30 - The Extraction of Determinerless PPs
Leonoor van der Beek

14.30 - 15.00 - Classifying Verb Particle Constructions by Verb Arguments
Jon Patrick and Jeremy Fletcher

15.00 - 15.30 - Coffee Break

15.30 - 16.00 - Teaching a robot spatial expressions
Simon Dobnik, Paul Newman, Stephen Pulman and Alastair Harrison

16.00 - 16.30 - An empirical testing of Levelt's (1984/1996) Principle of
Canonical Orientation
Emile van der Zee

16.30 - 17.00 - Closing Session


For inquiries, please e-mail .

Looking forward to welcoming you at Essex in April.

Aline Villavicencio (University of Essex, UK) - Workshop Chair
Valia Kordoni (Saarland University, Germany)
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