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Tue Jan 05 2010

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        1.    Ola Knutsson, NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Constructions

Message 1: NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Constructions
Date: 22-Dec-2009
From: Ola Knutsson <knutssoncsc.kth.se>
Subject: NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Constructions
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Full Title: NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Constructions

Date: 05-Jun-2010 - 06-Jun-2010
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Contact Person: Magnus Sahlgren
Meeting Email: mangesics.se
Web Site: http://www.sics.se/~mange/construct2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2010

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in Computational Linguistics
Post-conference workshop NAACL HLT 2009
June 5 or 6, Los Angeles, USA

First Call for Papers

A construction can be defined as a form-meaning pairing in which the components
cannot entirely explain the meaning of the whole. Constructional phenomena range
from morphemes to argument structure, and include obvious examples like
collocations ("hermetically sealed"), (idiomatic) expressions with fixed
constituents ("kick the bucket"), expressions with (semi-)optional constituents
("hungry as a X"), and sequences of grammatical categories ([det][adj][noun]),
as well as more complex constructions involving, e.g., the occurrence of
sentence composition features (e.g. transitivity) or adverbial types (e.g.
spatial adverbials). As these examples demonstrate, constructions are a diverse
breed, and constructionist theories do not give a government to any specific
level of language. On the contrary, all levels are viewed as equally important.

Constructions are currently enjoying considerable attention in linguistic
research, and are now widely considered as being much more frequent and central
to language than what has traditionally been acknowledged. Constructionist
theories emphasize that the human mind seems to prefer to use prefabricated
chunks of linguistic elements (i.e. constructions) when possible, instead of
generating sentences from scratch as in the generative grammar approach.
Constructions are also gaining a central place in different kinds of
computational linguistics applications; examples include machine translation,
information retrieval and extraction, tools for language learning, etc.
Constructions are an interesting and important phenomenon because they
constitute a middleway in the syntax-lexicon continuum, and because they show
great potential in tackling infamously difficult computational linguistics tasks
like sentiment analysis and language acquisition.

This workshop will encourage submissions in all aspects of constructions-based
research, including:
- Theoretical discussions on the nature and place within (computational)
linguistic theory of the concept of linguistic constructions.
- Methods and algorithms for identifying and extracting linguistic
constructions (collocations, idioms, multiword expressions,grammatical
constructions, etc.).
- Uses and applications of linguistic constructions (machine translation,
information access, sentiment analysis, tools for language learning etc.).

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: March 1, 2010
Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2010
Workshop: June 5 or 6, 2010

NAACL HLT 2010, Los Angeles, USA.

Submission procedure: We invite authors to submit papers via:
https://www.softconf.com/naaclhlt2010/constructions/ Submissions should be
blind, not exceed 8 pages, and should use the NAACL HLT 2010 style files,
available at: http://naaclhlt2010.isi.ed/authors.html
Each submission will be reviewed by two members of the program committee.

Magnus Sahlgren, SICS (mangesics.se)
Ola Knutsson, KTH (knutssoncsc.kth.se)

Program Committee:
Benjamin Bergen, University of Hawaii, USA
James Curran, University of Sydney, Australia
Stefan Evert, University of Osnabrück, Germany
Charles Fillmore, University of Berkeley, USA
Jonathan Ginzburg, King's College, UK
Adele Goldberg, Princeton University, USA
Stefan Th. Gries, University of California, USA
Matthew Honnibal, University of Sydney, Australia
Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
Krista Lagus, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Olga Lyashevskaya, University of Tromsø, Norway
Laura Michaelis-Cummings, University of Colorado, USA
Anatol Stefanowitsch, University of Bremen, Germany
Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto, Canada
Peter Turney, National Research Council, Canada
Jan-Ola Östman, University of Helsinki, Finland
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