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Wed Oct 27 2010

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        1.     Bolette Pedersen , Language Resources and Evaluation

Message 1: Language Resources and Evaluation
Date: 27-Oct-2010
From: Bolette Pedersen <>
Subject: Language Resources and Evaluation
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Full Title: Language Resources and Evaluation

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2011

'Language Resources and Evaluation', special issue on wordnets andrelations

Call for papers

The building of wordnets, a world-wide preoccupation now, comes with theinevitable fragmentation of effort, and with multiplicity of methods andunderlying theories. It is not enough merely to translate WordNet( Customization is required. Some teams havedecided to steer altogether clear of this largest wordnet, so as better to reflectall the specificity of language structures and of culture. The Global WordnetGrid ( is a still-rare attempt to bringsome order into the fast-growing thicket of incompatible ideas.

Among the defining properties of a wordnet, perhaps the most central are thelexical-semantic relations which make up the net. Hypernymy and hyponymyare the backbone. Synonymy and antonymy are the cornerstone. In WordNet,there are four types each of meronymy and holonymy. Beyond that, WordNethas only a handful of relations.

The community has put a good deal of effort into adding instances to wordnetrelations, notably to hypernymy and (to a lower degree) meronymy. Veryseldom, however, do people question the relation list itself or evaluaterelations on the basis of the data collected. Yet this is precisely whatdistinguishes wordnets, and -- more important -- languages which suchwordnets are meant to model. There is an urgent need to assemble a body ofresearch results, not absent thus far but not organized in a systematicmanner either.

This is a call for papers to a special issue of the journal 'Language Resourcesand Evaluation', toappear early in 2012. It will group together work on wordnet and relations. Thefollowing topics will be of particular interest:

a) lexico-semantic relations in linguistics and in wordnets,b) wordnet versus other types of thesauri, and relations therein,c) the lexicographic theories and practices versus wordnet-creation practices,d) mono-lingual and multi-lingual considerations in the creation of a wordnet,e) the issues around translating a wordnet into another language,f) comparing wordnets for one language and between languages from thestandpoint of relation sets,g) automatic extraction of lexical semantic relations and the role of largecorpora in practical wordnet development,h) evaluation of lexico-semantic relations in wordnets -- consistency,coverage, relevance for applications.

Papers supported by rich practical experience in large-scale wordnetdevelopment will be especially welcome: neat theories often fray at the edgeswhen confronted with rich language data.

We invite original contributions, not published before and not underconsideration for publication elsewhere. Each paper will be reviewed by tworeaders appointed by the journal's editors and two appointed by guest editors.After the initial review phase, the authors of accepted papers will have anopportunity to look at all successful submissions in order to extend theirpapers with elements of discussion and to cross-reference all contributionsaccordingly.

Important dates:

call for papers broadcast by October 31, 2010;submissions due by May 31, 2011;reviews to authors by September 30, 2011;revisions of accepted papers due by November 30, 2011;(in parallel) discussion between the authors of accepted papers till November30, 2011;final editorial decisions by December 31, 2011.

Guest editors:

Bolette Sandford Pedersen, University of CopenhagenMaciej Piasecki, Wroclaw University of TechnologyStan Szpakowicz, University of OttawaChristiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

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