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Thu Jan 20 2011

Calls: Comp. Ling. / Computational Linguistics (Jrnl)

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        1.     Caroline Sporleder , Computational Linguistics

Message 1: Computational Linguistics
Date: 20-Jan-2011
From: Caroline Sporleder <csporledcoli.uni-sb.de>
Subject: Computational Linguistics
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Full Title: Computational Linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Mar-2011

Special Issue of the Computational Linguistics Journal
on Modality and Negation


Computational linguistics has seen achievements in handling language at
different levels of abstraction. Systems can more or less reliably determine
who does what to whom when and where. However, texts do not always
express factual information; language is often used to express uncertainty,
opinion, evaluation, or doubt. Accordingly, computational linguistics has
started to take into account the subjective aspects of language. There is now
research that focuses also on determining who states that someone does
something somewhere at a certain point in time (perspective) and based on
what evidence (evidentiality), how certain someone is about stating
something (certainty), the truth value of the facts being stated (negation), or
the subjective evaluation of these facts (positive/negative opinion).

The treatment of modality and negation is very relevant for all NLP
applications that involve deep text understanding. Hence, the adequate
modeling of these phenomena is of crucial importance to the NLP community
as a whole.


For this special issue we solicit full-length article submissions describing
innovative and challenging research on aspects of the computational
modelling and processing of modality and negation. We specifically invite
submissions that take into account linguistic aspects of the phenomena and
bring a theoretical basis to research on computing the factuality and certainty
of the events in a statement, finding the source and evidence for the
statement of a fact, and determining whether a statement has a truth value.
We encourage submissions that have a substantial analysis component, in
the form of an analysis of the task and data and/or an error analysis of the
proposed method. Submissions can address aspects of either modality or
negation or both, provided that they lead to an enhanced understanding of the
phenomena, as opposed to a straightforward engineering solution.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Linguistically informed modelling of modality and negation for NLP
- Analysis of the relevant information/knowledge involved in processing
modality and negation
- The computational complexity of processing modality and negation
- Novel machine learning approaches for learning modality and negation
- Processing modality and negation across domains and genres
- The interaction of modality and negation for determining the factuality of
- The influence of the linguistic context on the processing of modality and
- Evaluation of systems: metrics and application-based evaluation


Submission of full articles: 10 March 2011
Preliminary decisions to authors: 31 June 2011
Submission of revised articles: 30 August 2011
Final decisions to authors: 18 October 2011
Final versions due from authors: 1 November 2011


Articles submitted to this special issue must adhere to the Style Guidelines
of the Computational Linguistics Journal (http://cljournal.org/style.html). The
submission guidelines can be found in the Computational Linguistics web
site (http://cljournal.org/submissions.html). As in regular submissions to the
journal, paper submissions should be made through the CL electronic
submission system (http://cljournal.org/submissions/index.php/cljournal).


Roser Morante, CLiPS, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Caroline Sporleder, Computational Linguistics, Saarland University, Germany

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