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LINGUIST List 22.4453

Tue Nov 08 2011

Calls: Discourse Analysis/ Dialogue and Discourse (Jrnl)

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        1.     Stefanie Dipper , Final Call for Papers: Dialogue and Discourse

Message 1: Final Call for Papers: Dialogue and Discourse
Date: 08-Nov-2011
From: Stefanie Dipper <dipperlinguistics.rub.de>
Subject: Final Call for Papers: Dialogue and Discourse
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Full Title: Dialogue and Discourse

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2012

Final Call for Papers

Special issue of 'Dialogue and Discourse' on: 'Beyond semantics: the
challenges of annotating pragmatic and discourse phenomena'. Please find
the full call at


Guest Editors

- Stefanie Dipper, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
- Heike Zinsmeister, Konstanz University, Germany
- Bonnie Webber, Edinburgh University, UK

Important Dates

- Nov 15 2011: Expression of interest, three-page abstract
- Feb 1 2012: Submission deadline, full papers
- April 5 2012: Notification of acceptance
- May 15 2012: Final versions due
- June 15 2012: Publication (tentative date)

Topics of Interest

The topic of the special issue is 'Beyond semantics: the challenges of
annotating pragmatic and discourse phenomena'. The focus is on the
problems and challenges that are specific to annotating phenomena that are
'beyond semantics', i.e., pragmatic and discourse-related phenomena (e.g.
anaphoric reference, information structure, discourse relations, discourse
function, presupposition, subjectivity).

We see it as an important desideratum to promote the application of linguistic
theories to naturally-occurring texts. This would enhance the search for
operationalization of theoretical concepts, which probably then can be
annotated with higher reliability. It would open up corpus-based development
and validation of theoretical hypotheses. At the same time, operationalized
theoretical concepts and reliable annotations would facilitate the use of
pragmatic and discourse-related knowledge in computational linguistics.

The overall guiding question of the special issue is: How do we annotate
abstract pragmatic and discourse information? Such information is frequently
not marked explicitly or unambiguously in natural language. It is usually
dependent on context information, and annotators often have to reconstruct
complex relations and situations from the context. Intuitions about pragmatic
or discourse analysis tend to be less stable and more subjective than
intuitions about syntactic or semantic phenomena.

Example questions that we would like to see addressed in the special issue

- In annotating texts, which methods are applied? For instance, to what extent
are linguistic concepts replaced by surface proxies?

- To what extent does the format of annotation (different layers vs. one layer
only) influence the annotation task?

- What kind of instructions are given to the annotators: Do they have to
generalize from a set of given examples? Are they given a formal definition,
whose applicability they are assumed to always test before choosing a
particular label? Are there linguistic tests to guide the annotation?

The idea is to gather research that reports on the generation (and exploitation)
of corpora that are annotated with pragmatic or discourse-related information
grounded in linguistic theory.


For submission details, see the full call at http://www.linguistics.ruhr-uni-

Reviewing Committee

- Maria Averintseva-Klisch (Tuebingen University)
- Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen (Oslo University)
- Klaus von Heusinger (Stuttgart University)
- Ralf Klabunde (Ruhr-University Bochum)
- Valia Kordoni (DFKI GmbH and Saarland University)
- Rebecca Passonneau (Columbia University)
- Massimo Poesio (Universities of Essex and Trento)
- Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
- Caroline Sporleder (Saarland University)
- Angelika Storrer (TU Dortmund)
- Michael Strube (HITS Heidelberg)

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