LINGUIST List 23.2749

Fri Jun 15 2012

Confs: Pragmatics, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 15-Jun-2012
From: Christian Horn <>
Subject: Semantic and Pragmatic Annotation of Corpora
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Semantic and Pragmatic Annotation of Corpora Short Title: Anno2012

Date: 16-Jul-2012 - 16-Jul-2012 Location: Düsseldorf, Germany Contact: Christian Horn Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The Collaborative Research Centre CRC 991 'The Structure of Representation in Language, Cognition and Science' at the University of Düsseldorf is pleased to announce the workshop 'Semantic and Pragmatic Annotation of Corpora'. The workshop is organized by the member project C02 'Conceptual Shifts: Statistical Evidence' which investigates shifts between noun types in corpora using semantic and statistical methods.

The workshop focuses on the development of annotation procedures on the one hand and standards of semantic and pragmatic annotation of corpora on the other. The following questions and topics will be discussed:

-How should annotation guidelines be designed to ensure that they capture what they intend to capture? Where can existing definitions of linguistic criteria be employed, and where do corpus-linguistic analyses provide insights for new or modified criteria?

-In how far can general annotation standards be applied for the investigation of semantic and pragmatic phenomena?

-How should we, in general, deal with the trade-off between the complexity of the annotation procedure and the accuracy of the results? This includes aspects such as effort, time, money, and manpower.

-How do we measure annotator agreement for complex annotation procedures? In how far does the decision to measure inter-annotator agreement influence the design of the annotation guidelines?

-How much training may an annotator receive prior to the annotation process? This aspect heavily interacts with the design and the criteria formulated in the annotation guidelines.

-Concrete annotation tasks on semantic classifications, various types of anaphora, information structural categories, and coercions.

Speakers:Harry Bunt (University of Tilburg)Christian Horn (University of Düsseldorf)Elisabetta Jezek (University of Pavia)Nicolas Kimm (University of Düsseldorf)Massimo Poesio (University of Essex)Arndt Riester (University of Stuttgart)Heike Zinsmeister (University of Stuttgart)

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register via the registration form on our website until June, 25th 2012.

Arndt Riester:Information Structural Categories in Corpus Annotation: Challenges and solutions

Christian Horn:Guidelines for the Annotation of Nominal Concept Types in German Texts

Nicolas Kimm:A Preliminary Procedure for the Annotation of Nominal Associative Anaphors

Massimo Poesio:Empirical Methods in the Study of Anaphora: Lessons learned, remaining problems

Heike Zinsmeister:On Annotating Abstract Anaphora

Elisabetta Jezek:Capturing Coercions in Text

Harry Bunt:Basic Issues in ISO Standards for Semantic and Pragmatic Annotation

For more details please have a look at our website:

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