LINGUIST List 26.3105

Wed Jul 01 2015

Calls: Comp Ling, Discourse Analysis, Psycholing, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

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Date: 01-Jul-2015
From: Ekaterina Lapshinova <>
Subject: Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language Workshop
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Full Title: Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language Workshop
Short Title: DiSpoL

Date: 01-Oct-2015 - 02-Oct-2015
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Contact Person: Ekaterina Lapshinova
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2015

Meeting Description:

Keynote speech by Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology)

The DiSpoL Workshop aims at bringing together researchers from different areas working on theoretical and methodological issues in the field of discourse and corpus annotation.

Effective discourse in any language is characterised by clear relations between sentences and coherent structure. But languages vary in how relations and structure are signaled, and the same is true for different text types and modes. While most discourse-annotated resources are based on written text, less work has been done on annotating and investigating discourse relations in spoken language. It is exactly this domain in which we expect crucial differences concerning the realisation of discourse relations and discourse structure.

The DiSpoL workshop will focus on the identification and annotation of discourse relations in spoken language and in spoken-like text types such as computer-mediated communication or user-generated content from social media. This will raise questions concerning additional properties (and classes) of discourse-relational devices (DRDs) present in spoken data that are not captured by frameworks developed for written texts. How can these be identified and annotated in terms of categories designed for written language?

The overall goal of the workshop is the development of a unified annotation framework for DRDs that will increase the inter-operability of existing resources (such as the Penn Discourse Treebank, the RST Discourse Treebank, ...) and that is applicable to different languages and text types, including spoken and written dimensions.

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite the submission of abstracts that address research on DRDs in spoken (or spoken-like) language in one of the following areas:

- Functional or formal classifications
- Features in DRDs description and classification that are relevant for spoken(-like) language
- Multilingual analysis of DRDs in spoken(-like) language
- Psycholinguistic/experimental approaches to the investigation of discourse relations in spoken(-like) language

The selected presentations will contribute to the issues discussed within the workshop.

Submission Information:

We invite the submission of abstracts of up to one page of content (excluding references).
All submissions have to be in pdf format. We will be using the EasyChair conference system to manage submissions (

Important Dates:

Submission of abstracts: 15 July 2015
Notification of acceptance: 01 August 2015
Registration: 15 August 2015
DiSpoL workshop: 01./02 October 2015 in Saarbrücken

Organising Committee:

Vera Demberg
Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski
Ines Rehbein
Merel Scholman

Program Committee:

María Estellés Arguedas (University of Valencia)
Maria Josep Cuenca (University of Valencia)
Jeanne-Marie Debaisieux (University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain)
Gaétane Dostie (University of Sherbrooke)
Bálint Péter Furkó (Károli Gáspár University)
Yael Maschler (University of Haifa)
Heike Pichler (Newcastle University)
Laurent Prevot (University Aix-Marseille)
Anne Catherine Simon (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Maite Taboada (Simon Fraser University)
Darinka Verdonik (University of Maribor)

The DiSpoL Workshop is organized in the framework of the COST Action IS1312, ''TextLink: Structuring Discourse in Multilingual Europe''.

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