LINGUIST List 26.3736

Mon Aug 24 2015

Confs: Computational Ling, Discourse Analysis, Psycholing, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 21-Aug-2015
From: Ines Rehbein <>
Subject: Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language Workshop
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Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language Workshop
Short Title: DiSpoL

Date: 01-Oct-2015 - 02-Oct-2015
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Contact: Ekaterina Lapshinova
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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.

Keynote speech by Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology)

More info:

Travel Funding Available:

We are happy to offer 4 travel scholarships for the TextLink workshop ''Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language'' (DiSpoL) on October 1-2 in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Applicants have to be affiliated with a university in one of the TextLink member countries (Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom).

Successful applicants will be reimbursed according to the following reimbursement rates specified by COST and the Textlink MC: travel expenses, plus 100€ for accommodation per night (including breakfast), and 20€ per meal. Participants eligible for reimbursement will be chosen to ensure coverage of as many languages and resources as possible.

To apply, please send an email to including your name, affiliation and a short statement of interest in the DiSpoL workshop (150 words max.). The application deadline is August 28.

For more information on the workshop, please visit:

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

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