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Wed Oct 27 2010

Calls: Comp Ling/Semantics/Lexicography/Language Resources and... (Jrnl)

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        1.     Bolette Pedersen , Language Resources and Evaluation

Message 1: Language Resources and Evaluation
Date: 27-Oct-2010
From: Bolette Pedersen <bspedersenhum.ku.dk>
Subject: Language Resources and Evaluation
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Full Title: Language Resources and Evaluation

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2011

'Language Resources and Evaluation', special issue on wordnets and

Call for papers

The building of wordnets, a world-wide preoccupation now, comes with the
inevitable fragmentation of effort, and with multiplicity of methods and
underlying theories. It is not enough merely to translate WordNet
(wordnet.princeton.edu/). Customization is required. Some teams have
decided to steer altogether clear of this largest wordnet, so as better to reflect
all the specificity of language structures and of culture. The Global Wordnet
Grid (www.globalwordnet.org/gwa/gwa_grid.htm) is a still-rare attempt to bring
some order into the fast-growing thicket of incompatible ideas.

Among the defining properties of a wordnet, perhaps the most central are the
lexical-semantic relations which make up the net. Hypernymy and hyponymy
are the backbone. Synonymy and antonymy are the cornerstone. In WordNet,
there are four types each of meronymy and holonymy. Beyond that, WordNet
has only a handful of relations.

The community has put a good deal of effort into adding instances to wordnet
relations, notably to hypernymy and (to a lower degree) meronymy. Very
seldom, however, do people question the relation list itself or evaluate
relations on the basis of the data collected. Yet this is precisely what
distinguishes wordnets, and -- more important -- languages which such
wordnets are meant to model. There is an urgent need to assemble a body of
research results, not absent thus far but not organized in a systematic
manner either.

This is a call for papers to a special issue of the journal 'Language Resources
and Evaluation'
www.springer.com/education+%26+language/linguistics/journal/10579, to
appear early in 2012. It will group together work on wordnet and relations. The
following topics will be of particular interest:

a) lexico-semantic relations in linguistics and in wordnets,
b) wordnet versus other types of thesauri, and relations therein,
c) the lexicographic theories and practices versus wordnet-creation practices,
d) mono-lingual and multi-lingual considerations in the creation of a wordnet,
e) the issues around translating a wordnet into another language,
f) comparing wordnets for one language and between languages from the
standpoint of relation sets,
g) automatic extraction of lexical semantic relations and the role of large
corpora in practical wordnet development,
h) evaluation of lexico-semantic relations in wordnets -- consistency,
coverage, relevance for applications.

Papers supported by rich practical experience in large-scale wordnet
development will be especially welcome: neat theories often fray at the edges
when confronted with rich language data.

We invite original contributions, not published before and not under
consideration for publication elsewhere. Each paper will be reviewed by two
readers appointed by the journal's editors and two appointed by guest editors.
After the initial review phase, the authors of accepted papers will have an
opportunity to look at all successful submissions in order to extend their
papers with elements of discussion and to cross-reference all contributions

Important dates:

call for papers broadcast by October 31, 2010;
submissions due by May 31, 2011;
reviews to authors by September 30, 2011;
revisions of accepted papers due by November 30, 2011;
(in parallel) discussion between the authors of accepted papers till November
30, 2011;
final editorial decisions by December 31, 2011.

Guest editors:

Bolette Sandford Pedersen, University of Copenhagen
Maciej Piasecki, Wroclaw University of Technology
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

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