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Wed Feb 10 2010

Calls: Computational Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/Sweden

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        1.    Nianwen Xue, Fourth Linguistic Annotation Workshop

Message 1: Fourth Linguistic Annotation Workshop
Date: 09-Feb-2010
From: Nianwen Xue <xuenbrandeis.edu>
Subject: Fourth Linguistic Annotation Workshop
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Full Title: Fourth Linguistic Annotation Workshop
Short Title: LAW IV

Date: 15-Jul-2010 - 16-Jul-2010
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Contact Person: Nianwen Xue
Meeting Email: xuenbrandeis.edu
Web Site: http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~clp/LAW4

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Apr-2010

Meeting Description:

The Fourth Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW IV)
Held in conjunction with ACL-2010
Uppsala, Sweden
15-16 July 2010

Second Call for Papers

Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the backbone of supervised
methods for statistical natural language processing. The Fourth LAW will provide
a forum for presentation and discussion of innovative research on all aspects of
linguistic annotation, including the creation/evaluation of annotation schemes,
methods for automatic and manual annotation, use and evaluation of annotation
software and frameworks, representation of linguistic data and annotations, etc.
As in the past, the LAW will serve as a venue for annotation researchers to work
towards standardization, best practices, and interoperability of annotation
information and software. Specifically, the goals of this workshop include:

(1) The exchange and propagation of research results with respect to the
annotation, manipulation and exploitation of corpora, taking into account
different applications and theoretical investigations in the field of language
technology and research;

(2) Working towards the harmonization and interoperability from the perspective
of the increasingly large number of tools and frameworks that support the
creation, instantiation, manipulation, querying, and exploitation of annotated

(3) Pushing the frontier of linguistic annotation and of human language
technology by extending the range of linguistic phenomena for which reliable
annotation techniques exist.

(4) Working towards a consensus on all issues crucial to the advancement of the
field of corpus annotation.

We invite submissions of long papers and posters, and demonstrations relating to
any aspect of the linguistic annotation. Long papers should reflect work in an
advanced state, but posters may describe more preliminary work and pilot
studies. Posters and proposals for a system demonstration are to be submitted in
the form of a short paper. A demonstration proposal should provide an overview
of the system to be demonstrated, including functionality, supported
input/output formats or structures, supported languages and modalities, etc.

Accepted proposals will also appear in the proceedings and are intended to
provide background for the demonstration. Papers are invited to address issues
in all aspects of linguistic annotation, including but not limited to:

Annotation schemes:
- New and innovative annotation schemes
- Comparison of annotation schemes

Annotation procedures:
- Innovative automated and manual strategies for annotation
- Creation, maintenance, and interactive exploration of annotation structures
and annotated data

Annotation software and frameworks:
- Machine learning and knowledge-based methods for automation of corpus annotation
- Development, evaluation and/or innovative use of annotation software frameworks
- Using games and "human computation" (e.g., Mechanical Turk) for annotation

Annotation evaluation:
- Inter-annotator agreement and other evaluation metrics and strategies
- Qualitative evaluation of linguistic representation

Annotation access and use:
- Representation formats/structures for merged annotations of different
phenomena, and means to explore/manipulate them
- Linguistic considerations for merging annotations of distinct phenomena

Annotation guidelines and standards:
- Best practices for annotation procedures and/or development and documentation
of annotation schemes
- Interoperability of annotation formats and/or frameworks among different
systems as well as different tasks, frameworks, modalities, and languages

The special themes for LAW IV are:
- Demands on annotation for machine-learning purposes, such as the size and
composition of annotated corpora, the granularity of the linguistic categories
that are amenable to supervised machine learning
- Annotation of text transcripts of informal modalities: spoken language, blogs,
correspondence, etc.
- Annotation of figurative language (metaphor, metonymy, etc.)

Long paper submissions should not exceed 8 pages in length. Posters and demo
descriptions should not exceed 4 pages. Format requirements are the same as for
full papers of ACL 2010. See http://acl2010.org/authors.html for style files.
Submission will be electronic, using the Workshop's submission webpage at START:

Please indicate on the front page:
- long paper, poster, or demonstration proposal;
- all applicable paper categories from the following list (indicate multiple
categories if appropriate): annotation frameworks and/or physical formats,
annotation scheme design (on linguistic grounds),annotation tools and systems,
corpus annotation, syntax, semantics, predicate-argument structure, morphology,
anaphora, discourse, opinion/sentiment, annotation for machine learning,
informal modalities,
figurative languages;
- language(s) your work applies to, as well as those you plan to handle in the
future. If your work is language independent, indicate this as well;
- any non-standard equipment needed for your paper or demonstration.

All papers must be written and presented in English.

ACL mentoring service:
ACL is providing a mentoring (coaching) service for authors from regions of the
world where English is less emphasized as a language of scientific exchange.
Many authors from these regions, although able to read the scientific literature
in English, have little or no experience in writing papers in English for
conferences such as the ACL meetings. The service will be arranged as follows. A
set of potential mentors will be identified by Mentoring Service Chairs Björn
Gambäck (SICS, Sweden and NTNU, Norway) and Diana McCarthy (Lexical Computing
Ltd., UK), who will organize this service for ACL 2010. If you would like to
take advantage of the service for a submission to this workshop, please upload
your paper in PDF format using the paper submission software for the mentoring
service available at:

The deadline for the mentoring service is six weeks before the workshop
submission deadline. An appropriate mentor will be assigned to your paper and
the mentor will get back to you no later than two weeks before the submission

Please note that this service is for the benefit of the authors as described
above. It is not a general mentoring service for authors to improve the
technical content of their papers.

Questions about the mentoring service should be referred to mentoringacl2010.org.

The reviewing of the papers will be blind. The paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other
references (e.g. to projects, corpora, or software) that could reveal the
author's identity should be avoided. For example, instead of "We previously
showed (Smith, 1991)...", write "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

Important Dates
Papers due: April 5, 2010
Acceptance/rejection notification: May 6, 2010
Camera-ready final version due: May 16, 2010
Workshop Dates: July 15-16, 2010

Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Adam Meyers (New York University)
Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC, UCM / OEG, UPM)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Manfred Stede (Universität Potsdam)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)

Program Committee co-chairs:
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)

Program committee Members:
Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC/CNR)
Steve Cassidy (Macquarie University)
Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute)
Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)
Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Richard Johansson (University of Trento)
Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania)
Sandra Kubler (Indiana University)
Seth Kulick (University of Pennsylvania)
Adam Meyers (New York University)
Eleni Miltsakaki (University of Pennsylvania)
Anja Nedoluzhko (Charles University)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC, UCM / OEG, UPM)
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
Rebecca J. Passonneau (Columbia University)
Marta Recasens Potau (Universitat de Barcelona)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Rashmi Prasad (University of Pennsylvania)
Arndt Riester (IMS Universität Stuttgart)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
Kepa Rodriguez (University of Trento)
Anna Rumshisky (Brandeis University)
Manfred Stede (Universität Potsdam)
Marc Verhagen (Brandeis University)
Theresa Wilson (University of Edinburgh)
Andreas Witt (Universität Tübingen)
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