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LINGUIST List 25.1888

Tue Apr 29 2014

Calls: Computational Ling, Text/Corpus Ling, Semantics, Language Acq, Neuroling/Ireland

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Apr-2014
From: Cristina Vertan <cristina.vertanuni-hamburg.de>
Subject: Automatic Text Simplification: Methods and Applications
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Full Title: Automatic Text Simplification: Methods and Applications
Short Title: ATS-MA

Date: 23-Aug-2014 - 24-Aug-2014
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact Person: Cristina Vertan
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://clg.wlv.ac.uk/events/ATS-MA/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 25-May-2014

Meeting Description:

This workshop intends to bring together scientists working in a variety of fields in which text simplification can be applied, computational linguists interested in the research problems of text simplification and of course users who can benefit from the simplified texts.

The innovative aspect of this workshop will be the discussion on text simplification from two perspectives: On the one hand, how computational linguistics applications which simplify texts can be used by people in real world situation, and on the other hand, how to simplify the input for other NLP-based applications in order to improve their accuracy. We also intend to develop a roadmap of activities, tools and resources on text simplification from a multilingual perspective. A special attention will be paid to contributions describing automatic text simplification for less-resourced languages.

The workshop will be organised in conjunction with COLING 2014 on 23 or 24 August in Dublin, Ireland.

Call for Papers:


Papers are invited on the following directions:

1. The linguistic challenges in text simplification
- Linguistic characteristics of text simplification for specific purposes (e.g. simplification for people with specific disabilities)
- Creation of linguistic resources for text simplification
- Linguistic analysis of language phenomena relevant to text simplification

2. Automatic text simplification for societal needs
- For people with disabilities (e.g. autism, dyslexia, etc.)
- For second language learners
- For elderly people
- For better understanding of well defined genres of texts (e.g. political texts, medical texts, etc.)

3. Automatic text simplification for language technology
- Better performance of language technology tools (e.g. MT, summarization, respeaking)
- Domain adaptation of existing simplification tools
- Adaptation of existing simplification tools to other languages

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- User scenarios and requirements from different social categories
- Language tools for text simplification
- Applications using text simplification (e.g. obstacle free access to texts, language learning, political sciences)
- Resources used in text simplification
- Evaluation in automatic text simplification

As well as linguistic challenges to:

- Perform various levels of simplification (separately or in a combined mode): phonetic, lexical, morphological, syntactic, semantic
- Process different types of clauses (e.g. illative, concessive, conditional, consecutive, adjectival, adverbial, etc.)
- Identify and remove semantic obstacles for specific categories of users
- Perform acronym/abbreviation expansion
- Address the problem of word sense disambiguation
- Identify problematic temporal expressions
- Process negation
- Detect affective language
- Identify non-literal language and metaphors
- Process anaphoric expressions

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 25 May 2014
Author notification deadline: 16 June 2014
Camera-ready paper deadline: 27 June 2014
Date for the workshop: 23 or 24 August 2014 (in conjunction with COLING 2014)

Paper Submission:

Paper submissions for the workshop are handled by the START system at the following address: https://www.softconf.com/coling2014/WS-18/. The papers should be submitted using the COLING 2014 style files
available at http://www.coling-2014.org/call-for-papers.php.

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