LINGUIST List 26.834

Mon Feb 09 2015

Calls: Computational Ling, Ling & Lit, General Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 09-Feb-2015
From: Anna Kazantseva <>
Subject: 4th Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature
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Full Title: 4th Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature
Short Title: CLfL

Date: 04-Jun-2015 - 04-Jun-2015
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Contact Person: Anna Kazantseva
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 04-Mar-2015

Meeting Description:

The series of CLfL workshops is designed to bring together NLP researchers interested in working with literary data – prose and poetry – in any human language. This is a friendly forum to discuss ideas, bring up problems and chart new directions.

Literature differs, often quite dramatically, from modern expository texts, much more common in large corpora. It presents unique challenges. A few examples: readers of literature have different objectives (information need is seldom a concern); literary prose usually has little formal structure (there are, say, few overt discourse markers); poetry, on the other hand, is often all about structure (such that parsers routinely ignore); and so on, and so forth.

Call for Papers:

Literature is special, so the analysis of literary texts must be, too. A great venue for such special papers (-:) is the Fourth Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature, co-located with NAACL HLT 2015. It will take place in Denver on June 4. Papers are due by March 4.

Practically everything we can tell you about the workshop appears on its Web site. Go directly to for a list of exciting topics of interest; if your favourite literature-related NLP activity is not there, tell us, and we will add it pronto.

The workshop will feature two excellent invited speakers: Nick Montfort ( and Matthew Jockers (

Just to tell you what to expect, here are some of the topics from the past workshops: stylistic segmentation of poetry; style, sentiment and imagery in contemporary poetry; social network analysis of ''Alice in Wonderland''; learning to extract quotable phrases; recognition of classical Arabic poems; a syntactic investigation of chick lit and literature; clustering voices in ''The Waste Land''; parsing screenplays for extracting social networks from movies; structure-based clustering of novels; generating music from literature.

Anna, Anna, Stan & Corina

PS. Let us study literary data before they disappear in the onslaught of piracy and lack of funding for the arts.

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