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 <>
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: thechallenges of annotating pragmatic and discourse phenomena'. Please findthe 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 ofannotating pragmatic and discourse phenomena'. The focus is on theproblems 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, discoursefunction, presupposition, subjectivity).

We see it as an important desideratum to promote the application of linguistictheories to naturally-occurring texts. This would enhance the search foroperationalization of theoretical concepts, which probably then can beannotated with higher reliability. It would open up corpus-based developmentand validation of theoretical hypotheses. At the same time, operationalizedtheoretical concepts and reliable annotations would facilitate the use ofpragmatic and discourse-related knowledge in computational linguistics.

The overall guiding question of the special issue is: How do we annotateabstract pragmatic and discourse information? Such information is frequentlynot marked explicitly or unambiguously in natural language. It is usuallydependent on context information, and annotators often have to reconstructcomplex relations and situations from the context. Intuitions about pragmaticor discourse analysis tend to be less stable and more subjective thanintuitions about syntactic or semantic phenomena.

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

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

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

- What kind of instructions are given to the annotators: Do they have togeneralize from a set of given examples? Are they given a formal definition,whose applicability they are assumed to always test before choosing aparticular 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 informationgrounded in linguistic theory.


For submission details, see the full call at

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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