From: Serge Sharoff <s.sharoffleeds.ac.uk>
Subject: Fifth Web as Corpus Workshop
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Full Title: Fifth Web as Corpus Workshop
Short Title: WAC5
Date: 07-Sep-2009 - 07-Sep-2009
Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Contact Person: Serge Sharoff
Meeting Email: s.sharoffleeds.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.sigwac.org.uk/wiki/WAC5
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics;
Call Deadline: 17-Apr-2009
The workshop will be held on 7 September, 2009, in San Sebastian, preceding
SEPLN, the Spanish NLP conference: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/sepln2009/
Call for Papers
We invite papers on various topics concerning the use of Web resources for
corpus research and NLP applications, including (but not limited to) the following:
Linguistic Web crawler technology and Web corpus collection projects
applications of Web-derived corpora and other kinds of Web data how far does the
'easy way' get you? (Using search engines, or Google's n-gram lists; we are
particularly interested in a critical discussion of the usefulness and
limitations of such approaches) methods and tools for 'cleaning' Web pages to
turn them into a corpus automatic linguistic annotation of Web data:
tokenisation, POS tagging, lemmatisation, semantic tagging, etc. (Established
tools often perform very poorly on Web data) search engine architectures for
linguists: bringing linguistics to commercial search engines, or
high-performance search technology to linguistics? Search engine-related topics
such as result ranking (e.g. how to identify 'typical' uses rather than
returning 50 very similar matches on the first page) duplicate detection,
interactive query refinement, etc. Reviews and clever uses of search engine APIs
(Google, Yahoo, Altavista, and in particular Microsoft's current generous Live
We particularly welcome submissions on the use of languages other than English.
One of the bottlenecks in corpus linguistic research on a particular language
consists in availability of corpora for this language: translation studies for,
say, Ukrainian or Vietnamese are limited by the existence of diverse corpora for
these languages. The Web gives the opportunity to alleviate this bottleneck, as
millions of Ukrainian or Vietnamese texts are available on the Web, but we still
do not know many parameters of what is there and how useful it is for
translation, language teaching, linguistics research, etc.
Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the
topic area of this workshop. Submissions should follow the format of ACL
proceedings and should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. We
strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX or Microsoft Word style files tailored
for this year's conference
Submissions are managed via Easy Chair. In order to submit a paper, login at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wac5 (or register an account with
Easy Chair if you don't have one yet), then click New Submission and fill in the
Submission deadline: 17 April, 2009
Decisions sent by: 12 June, 2009
Camera-ready submission deadline: 17 July, 2009
Welcome party: 6 September, 2009
Workshop: 7 September, 2009
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