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Tue Nov 22 2011

Calls: Computational Ling/ Transactions on Speech and Language... (Jrnl)

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Message 1: Transactions on Speech and Language Processing
Date: 21-Nov-2011
From: Aline Villavicencio <alinevgmail.com>
Subject: Transactions on Speech and Language Processing
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Full Title: Transactions on Speech and Language Processing

Call Deadline: 15-May-2012

First Call for Papers
ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing

Special Issue on Multiword Expressions:
from Theory to Practice and Use

Deadline for Submissions: May, 15th, 2012

Multiword expressions (MWEs) range over linguistic constructions like
idioms (a frog in the throat, kill some time), fixed phrases (per se,
by and large, rock'n roll), noun compounds (traffic light, cable car),
compound verbs (draw a conclusion, go by [a name]), etc. While easily
mastered by native speakers, their interpretation poses a major challenge
for computational systems, due to their flexible and heterogeneous nature.
Surprisingly enough, MWEs are not nearly as frequent in NLP resources
(dictionaries, grammars) as they are in real-word text, where they have
been reported to account for half of the entries in the lexicon of a speaker
and over 70% of the terms in a domain. Thus, MWEs are a key issue and
a current weakness for tasks like natural language parsing and generation,
as well as real-life applications such as machine translation.

We call for papers that present research on theoretical and practical aspects
of the computational treatment of MWEs, specifically focusing on MWEs in
applications such as machine translation, information retrieval and question
answering. We also strongly encourage submissions on processing MWEs in
the language of social media and micro-blogs. The focus of the special issue,
thus, includes, but is not limited to the following topics:

* MWE treatment in applications such as the ones mentioned above;
* Lexical representation of MWEs in dictionaries and grammars;
* Corpus-based identification and extraction of MWEs;
* Application-oriented evaluation of MWE treatment;
* Type-dependent analysis of MWEs;
* Multilingual applications (e.g. machine translation, bilingual dictionaries);
* Parsing and generation of MWEs, especially, processing of MWEs in the
language of social media and micro-blogs;
* MWEs and user interaction;
* MWEs in linguistic theories like HPSG, LFG and minimalism and their
contribution to applications;
* Relevance of research on first and second language acquisition of MWEs
for applications;
* Crosslinguistic studies on MWEs.

Submission Procedure

Authors should follow the ACM TSLP manuscript preparation guidelines
described on the journal web site http://tslp.acm.org and submit an electronic
copy of their complete manuscript through the journal manuscript submission
site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acm/tslp. Authors are required to
specify that their submission is intended for this special issue by including on
the first page of the manuscript and in the field 'Author's Cover Letter' the
note 'Submitted for the special issue on Multiword Expressions'.


Submission deadline: May, 15th, 2012
Notification of acceptance: September, 15th , 2012
Final manuscript due: November, 31st, 2012

Guest Editors

* Valia Kordoni, DFKI GmbH and Saarland University (Germany)
* Carlos Ramisch, University of Grenoble (France) and Federal University of
Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
* Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)


For any inquiries regarding the special issue, please send an email
to mweguesteditorgmail.com

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