LINGUIST List 25.1203

Tue Mar 11 2014

Confs: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Sweden

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 11-Mar-2014
From: Felix Bildhauer <>
Subject: EACL 2014 Workshop on Web as Corpus
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EACL 2014 Workshop on Web as Corpus
Short Title: WAC-9

Date: 26-Apr-2014 - 26-Apr-2014
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact: Felix Bildhauer
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The 9th Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC-9)
Endorsed by the Special Interest Group of the ACL on Web as Corpus

The World Wide Web has become increasingly popular as a source of linguistic data, not only within the NLP communities, but also with theoretical linguists facing problems of data sparseness or data diversity. Accordingly, web corpora continue to gain importance, given their size and diversity in terms of genres/text types. However, the field is still new, and a number of
issues in web corpus construction still needs much research (fundamental and applied), ranging from questions of corpus design (e.g., corpus composition assessment, sampling strategies and their relation to crawling algorithms, handling of duplicated material) to more technical aspects (e.g., efficient implementation of individual post-processing steps in document cleansing and linguistic annotation, or large-scale parallelization to achieve web-scale corpus construction). Similarly, the systematic evaluation of web corpora, for example in the form of task-based comparisons to traditional corpora, has only lately shifted into focus.

For almost a decade, the ACL SIGWAC, and especially the Web as Corpus (WAC) workshops have served as a platform for researchers interested in building and working with web-derived corpora. Past workshops have been co-located with major conferences on computational linguistics and/ or corpus linguistics (such as EACL, LREC, WWW, Corpus Linguistics). As part of the workshop, we will have a panel discussion dedicated to the planning of a shared task for WAC10 (2015), including the nomination of organizers of the shared task. The tracks of the shared task will focus on the quality of web corpus creation tools, tools for linguistic annotation (at least lemmatization, possibly also POS tagging, etc.), and the quality of web corpora themselves.

Organizing Committee:

Felix Bildhauer, Freie Universität Berlin
Roland Schäfer, Freie Universität Berlin

Program Committee:

Organizing Committee, plus:

Adrien Barbaresi, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Silvia Bernardini, Università di Bologna
Chris Biemann, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Jesse Egbert, Northern Arizona University
Stefan Evert, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Adriano Ferraresi, Università di Bologna
William Fletcher, United States Naval Academy
Dirk Goldhahn, Universität Leipzig
Adam Kilgarriff, Lexical Computing Ltd.
Anke Lüdeling, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Alexander Mehler, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Uwe Quasthoff, Universität Leipzig
Paul Rayson, Lancaster University
Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds
Sabine Schulte, im Walde, Universität Stuttgart
Egon Stemle, European Academy of Bolzano
Yannick Versley, Universität Heidelberg
Torsten Zesch, Universität Darmstadt
Stephen Wattam, Lancaster University

Workshop Program:

Welcome (Felix Bildhauer & Roland Schäfer)

Finding Viable Seed URLs for Web Corpora: A Scouting Approach and Comparative Study of Available Sources (Adrien Barbaresi)

Focused Web Corpus Crawling (Roland Schäfer, Adrien Barbaresi & Felix Bildhauer)

Lunch Break

Less Destructive Cleaning of Web Documents by Using Standoff Annotation (Maik Stührenberg)

Some Issues on the Normalization of a Corpus of Products Reviews in Portuguese (Magali Sanches Duran, Lucas Avanço, Sandra Aluísio, Thiago Pardo & Maria da Graça Volpe Nunes)

{bs,hr,sr}WaC - Web Corpora of Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian (Nikola Ljubešić & Filip Klubička)

Coffee Break

The PAISÀ Corpus of Italian Web Texts (Verena Lyding, Egon Stemle, Claudia Borghetti, Marco Brunello, Sara Castagnoli, Felice Dell’Orletta, Henrik Dittmann, Alessandro Lenci & Vito Pirrelli)

Internet Data in a Study of Language Change and a Program Helping to Work with Them (Varvara Magomedova, Natalia Slioussar & Maria Kholodilova)


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