LINGUIST List 26.5559

Tue Dec 15 2015

Calls: Comp Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 15-Dec-2015
From: Annemarie Friedrich <>
Subject: 10th Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW X)
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Full Title: 10th Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW X)
Short Title: LAW X 2016

Date: 11-Aug-2016 - 12-Aug-2016
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Annemarie Friedrich
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 08-May-2016

Meeting Description:

Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the backbone of supervised methods for statistical natural language processing. It also provides valuable data for evaluation of both rule-based and supervised systems and can help formalize and study linguistic phenomena.

The LAW provides a forum for presentation and discussion of innovative research on all aspects of linguistic annotation, including creation/evaluation of annotation schemes, methods for automatic and manual annotation, use and evaluation of annotation software and frameworks, representation of linguistic data and annotations, evaluation of manual and automatically-produced annotations, etc.

We encourage submission of papers relating to this year's theme: Evaluation of Annotation Quality.

This special theme considers current practice in evaluation of linguistic annotations and its successes and failures by asking questions such as: How are we as a community measuring inter-annotator agreement to date, and are there sounder ways to measure it? How can we estimate the annotation quality of existing resources, and what can be done to document annotated data to help others assess its reliability?

We encourage submissions addressing the following topics related to the special theme:

- How agreement is measured in various (new or existing) annotation projects, and what the different scores tell us in each case
- Good acceptance thresholds for different annotation tasks and metrics, and/or how to determine them
- Previously proposed but not widely used measures for agreement or annotation quality
- Proposals for quantitative or qualitative methods to measure agreement or annotation quality
- Proposals for documentation of published resources to support their evaluation, means and methods to achieve community evaluation of linguistically-annotated resources, etc.

Workshop Chairs:

Katrin Tomanek (OpenTable)
Annemarie Friedrich (Saarland University)

Organizing Committee:

Stefanie Dipper (Ruhr University Bochum)
Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Lori Levin (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Adam Meyers (New York University)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (Universidad Complutense de Madrid / ATLAS, UNED)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Sameer Pradhan (Boulder Learning, Inc.)
Ines Rehbein (Saarland University)
Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam)
Fei Xia (University of Washington)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)
Heike Zinsmeister (University of Hamburg)

Call for Papers:

The 10th Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW X)
Held in conjunction with ACL 2016, Berlin/Germany, August 2016
Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group on Annotation (SIGANN)

Workshop Topics:

We welcome submissions of long and short papers, posters, and demonstrations, relating to the topics of the special theme and to any aspect of linguistic annotation, including:

- Annotation procedures:
Innovative automated and manual strategies for annotation
Machine learning and knowledge-based methods for automation of corpus annotation
Creation, maintenance, and interactive exploration of annotation structures and annotated data

- Annotation evaluation:
Inter-annotator agreement and other evaluation metrics and strategies
Qualitative evaluation of linguistic representation

- Annotation access and use:
Representation formats/structures for merged annotations of different phenomena, and means to explore/manipulate them
Linguistic considerations for merging annotations of distinct phenomena

- Annotation schemes, guidelines and standards:
New and innovative annotation schemes, comparison of annotation schemes
Best practices for annotation procedures and/or development and documentation of annotation schemes
Interoperability of annotation formats and/or frameworks among different systems as well as different tasks, frameworks, modalities, and languages
Results on the application and evaluation of standards for (linguistic) annotation

- Annotation software and frameworks:
Development, evaluation and/or innovative use of annotation software frameworks

Submissions and Reviewing:

Submissions should report original and unpublished research on topics of interest for the workshop. Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the workshop, and will be published in the workshop proceedings. They should emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results.

A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings.

The maximum length is eight (8) pages of content for long papers and four (4) pages of content for short papers, posters, and demonstrations, plus up to two (2) pages of references.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations or self-references that reveal the authors’ identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'' should be replaced with citations such as ''Smith (1991) previously showed ...''. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Authors of papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information to the workshop co-chairs (

Authors of accepted papers must notify the program chairs within 10 days of acceptance if the paper is withdrawn for any reason.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the program co-chairs (

See conference web site for details on submission and notification deadlines!

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