LINGUIST List 24.4531

Wed Nov 13 2013

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Sweden

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Date: 13-Nov-2013
From: Agata Savary <>
Subject: EACL 2014 Workshop on Multiword Expressions
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Full Title: EACL 2014 Workshop on Multiword Expressions Short Title: MWE 2014
Date: 26-Apr-2014 - 27-Apr-2014 Location: Gothenburg, Sweden Contact Person: Valia Kordoni
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 23-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

The 10th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2014)
Workshop at EACL 2014 (Gothenburg, Sweden), April 26-27, 2014

Endorsed by the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon of the Association for Computational Linguistics (SIGLEX;; SIGLEX’s Multiword Expressions Section (SIGLEX-MWE;; and PARSEME, European IC1207 COST Action (

Under the denomination 'multiword expression', one assumes a wide range of linguistic constructions such as idioms (storm in a teacup, sweep under the rug), fixed phrases (in vitro, by and large, rock'n roll), noun compounds (olive oil, laser printer), compound verbs (take a nap, bring about), etc. While easily mastered by native speakers, their interpretation poses a major challenge for computational systems, due to their flexible and heterogeneous nature.

For a start, MWEs are not nearly as frequent in NLP resources as they are in real-word text, and this problem of coverage may impact the performance of many NLP tasks. Moreover, treating MWEs also involves problems like determining their semantics, which is not always compositional (to kick the bucket meaning to die). In sum, MWEs are a key issue and a current weakness for natural language parsing and generation, as well as real-life applications depending on language technology, such as machine translation, just to name a prominent one among many.

Thanks to the joint efforts of researchers from several fields working on MWEs, significant progress has been made in recent years, especially concerning the construction of large-scale language resources. For instance, there is a large number of recent papers that focus on acquisition of MWEs from corpora, and others that describe a variety of techniques to find paraphrases for MWEs. Current methods use a plethora of tools such as association measures, machine learning, syntactic patterns, web queries, etc. A considerable body of techniques, resources and tools to perform these tasks are now available, and are indicative of the growing importance of the field within the NLP community.

Many of these advances are described as part of the annual workshop on MWEs, which attracts the attention of an ever-growing community working on a variety of languages and MWE types. The workshop has been held since 2001 in conjunction with major computational linguistics conferences (ACL, EACL, NAACL, COLING, LREC), providing an important venue for the community to interact, share resources and tools and collaborate on efforts for advancing the computational treatment of MWEs. Additionally, special issues on MWEs have been published by leading journals in computational linguistics. The latest such effort is the special issue on “Multiword Expressions: from Theory to Practice and Use”, which has recently been published by the ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing.

Call for Papers:


- Manually and automatically constructed resources
- Representation of MWEs in dictionaries and ontologies
- MWEs and user interaction
- Multilingual acquisition
- Multilingualism and MWE processing
- Models of first and second language acquisition of MWEs
- Crosslinguistic studies on MWEs
- The role of MWEs in the domain adaptation of parsers
- Integration of MWEs into NLP applications
- Evaluation of MWE treatment techniques
- Lexical, syntactic or semantic aspects of MWEs

Special Track on Parsing and MWEs (endorsed by PARSEME, European IC1207 COST Action,

- Lexicon-grammar interface: representing, at the lexical level, phenomena such as agreement, discontinuity and free word order; construction of MWE lexicons which would be easily convertible and maximally reusable in different parsing frameworks.
- ''Deep'' parsing techniques for MWEs: optimal representation of MWEs within linguistic frameworks, such CCG, HPSG, LFG, TAG, minimalism, etc; processing MWEs before, during or after parsing; representing the semantics of MWEs.
- Hybrid parsing of MWEs: combining data-driven and knowledge-based approaches for efficient and linguistically precise parsers; using unannotated data for improving models based on annotated data.
- Annotating MWEs in treebanks: MWE-aware methodologies of treebank construction, and their increased usability in parsing.

Submission Modalities (common for the main workshop and th especial track):

- Regular long papers (8 content pages + 1 page for references)- Regular short papers (4 content pages + 1 page for references)

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the EACL 2014 formatting requirements (available at the EACL 2014 website). We strongly advise the use of the provided Word or LaTeX template files.

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided as well.

More details about the submission procedure (e.g. online submission system) will be available soon.

Important Dates:

23 January 2014: Long & short paper submission deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT-7)
20 February 2014: Notification of acceptance
03 March 2014: Camera-ready papers due
26-27 April 2014: Workshop dates

Program and Organizing Committees:



For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to mweworkshop.eacl2014 at

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