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LINGUIST List 18.2747

Sat Sep 22 2007

Calls: Discourse Analy/Lang Acq/Language Resources and Evaluation (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Fatemeh Abdollahi <fatemehlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Paul Rayson, Language Resources and Evaluation

Message 1: Language Resources and Evaluation
Date: 21-Sep-2007
From: Paul Rayson <paulcomp.lancs.ac.uk>
Subject: Language Resources and Evaluation
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Full Title: Language Resources and Evaluation

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2007

Multiword expressions: hard going or plain sailing?

Special issue of the International Journal of Language Resources and
Evaluation http://www.springer.com/journal/10579/

Guest editors:

Paul Rayson (Lancaster University, UK)
Begoña Villada Moirón (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
Scott Piao (University of Manchester, UK)
Stefan Evert (University of Osnabrueck, Germany)

This special issue is concerned with language resources and evaluation in
the area of multiword expressions. For a number of years, the focus in the
natural language processing (NLP) community on the problems posed by
multiword expressions (MWE) was on English. Recently, for example at the
ACL and EACL workshops on multiword expressions, attention has expanded to
other languages including Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, German, Estonian,
Russian, Basque, Turkish and Hindi. This necessitates a re-evaluation of
earlier rule-based, statistical and hybrid techniques for MWE extraction
and classification. In English, MWE types such as phrasal verbs, light verb
constructions, noun compounds, proper names, and non-compositional idioms,
have been considered. However, in other languages some MWE types can be
represented as compound words, e.g. phrasal verbs in English are generally
expressed as verb-prefix in Russian. At the same time, research on MWEs for
languages other than English is confronted with new problems, such as the
number of word forms per lemma, case marking, word order or word segmentation.

The focus of this special issue is on the acquisition and analysis of
language resources related to MWE and the methods for evaluation of the
extraction procedures and resulting MWE resources. Language resources
include written or spoken corpora marked up for MWE, terminology or domain
specific databases and dictionaries of MWE, as well as software tools for
their acquisition and analysis.

Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

* Linguistic analysis
* Typologies of MWE
* Extraction methods
* Evaluation strategies
* Compositionality
* Applications

For further details of these topics, please see the full call at:

Important Dates

- Deadline for paper submission: 15th November 2007
- Notification of acceptance: 15th May 2008
- Camera-ready version of accepted paper: 15th July 2008
- Target publication date: 4th quarter 2008

Instructions for Authors

Submissions should be not more than 20 pages long, must be in English, and
follow the submission guidelines at


Extended and revised versions of papers accepted at previous ACL and EACL
workshops on multiword expressions, e.g. Workshops held in Trento (April
2006), Sydney (July 2006) and in Prague (June 2007) are encouraged.

Authors are advised to use the online manuscript submission for the
journal. Authors are also encouraged to send a brief email to Paul Rayson
(paulcomp.lancs.ac.uk) indicating their intention to participate as soon
as possible, including their contact information and the topic they intend
to address in their submissions. Inquiries regarding the special issue
should be sent to the same address.

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