LINGUIST List 28.918

Fri Feb 17 2017

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 17-Feb-2017
From: Roland Schäfer <>
Subject: 11th Web as Corpus Workshop
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Full Title: 11th Web as Corpus Workshop
Short Title: WAC-XI

Date: 24-Jul-2017 - 24-Jul-2017
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Roland Schäfer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Apr-2017

Meeting Description:

WAC-XI: The 11th Web as Corpus Workshop

Co-located with Corpus Linguistics 2017, Birmingham, 24 July 2017
Featuring the First CleanerEval Shared Task panel discussion
Endorsed by the Special Interest Group of the ACL on Web as Corpus

For almost a decade, the ACL SIGWAC, and most notably the Web as Corpus (WAC) workshops, have served as a platform for researchers interested in the com­pilation, processing and use of web-derived corpora as well as computer-mediated communication. Past workshops were co-located with major conferences on corpus linguistics and/or computational linguis­tics (such as ACL, EACL, Corpus Linguistics, LREC, NAACL, WWW). The eleventh Web as Corpus workshop (WAC-XI) emphasises the linguistic aspects of web corpus research more than the technological aspects while keeping in mind that the two are inseparable.

The World Wide Web has become increasingly popular as a source of linguistic evidence, not only within the computational linguistics community, but also with theoretical linguists facing problems such as data sparseness or the lack of variation in traditional corpora of written language. Accordingly, web corpora continue to gain relevance, given their size and diversity in terms of genres and text types. In lexicography, web data have become a major and well-established resource with dedicated research data and specialised tools such as the SketchEngine. In other areas of linguistics, the adoption rate of web corpora has been slower but steady. Furthermore, some completely new areas of research dealing exclusively with web (or similar) data have emerged, such as the con­struction and utilisation of corpora based on short messages. Another example is the (manual or auto­matic) classification of web texts by genre, register, or – more generally speaking – text type, as well as topic area. Similarly, the areas of corpus evaluation and corpus comparison have been advanced greatly through the rise of web cor­pora, mostly because web cor­pora (especially larger ones in the region of several billions of tokens) are often created by download­ing texts from the web unselectively with respect to their text type or content. While the composition (or strati­fication) of such corpora cannot be determined before their construction, it is desirable to evaluate it afterwards, at least. Also, comparing web corpora to corpora that have been compiled in a more traditional way is key in determining the quality of web corpora with respect to a given research question.

Call for Papers:

The eleventh Web as Corpus workshop (WAC-XI) takes a (corpus) linguistic look at the state of the art in all these areas. More specifically, in linguistic publications presenting case studies based on web data, some authors explicitly discuss and/or defend the validity of web corpus data for a specific type of research question – while others simply take web corpora as a new or complementary source of data without discussing fundamental questions of data quality and appropriateness of web data for a given research question. We think it is vital to discuss such fundamental questions, and therefore ask researchers to present and discuss:

- Case studies in corpus or computational linguistics where web data have been used
- Research specifically related to the validity of web data in corpus, computational, and theoretical linguistics
- Research on the technical aspects web corpus construction which have a strong influence on theo­retical aspects of corpus design

For example, presentations could address questions (either as part of a case study or in the form of primary research):

- Are there substantial differences in theoretical inferences when web data are used instead of data from traditionally compiled corpora? If so: Why? Are they expected?
- Do findings from traditionally compiled corpora and web corpora converge when compared with evidence from other sources (such as psycholinguistic experiments)? If not: Which type of data matches the external findings better?
- Is it possible to analyse lectal variation with web corpora, given the frequent lack of relevant meta data?
- How good is the quality of the (automatic) linguistic annotation of web data compared to tradi­tionally compiled corpora? How does this affect empirical linguistic research with web corpora? What could corpus designers do to improve it?
- Are there differences with regard to the dispersion of linguistic entities in web corpora com­pared to traditionally compiled corpora? If so: Why? Does it matter? How can we deal with it or even profit from it?
- How do very large web corpora compare to smaller, more intentionally stratified web corpora created for a specific task? How can it be decided which type of corpus is better for a given research question?

Submission format

We call for anonymous extended abstracts of 1,000 – 1,500 words length (excluding references, tables, and figures). Submissions must be in PDF format. Authors of accepted papers will receive minimal formatting instructions for the publication of the abstracts on the WAC-XI website in due time. There will be no proceedings volume, but a successful workshop might lead to a special issue/edited volume on web (and similar) data in linguistics (with a new round of peer reviewing), for which a separate call for (full) papers would be published after the workshop.
Submission website

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Important Dates:

16 February 2017: First call for workshop papers
13 March 2017: Second call for workshop papers
16 April 2017: Abstract due date (23:59 GMT)
5 June 2017: Notification of acceptance
24 July 2017: Workshop day


Adrien Barbaresi (BBAW Berlin/ÖAW Vienna)
Felix Bildhauer (IDS Mannheim)
Roland Schäfer (Freie Universität Berlin (DFG))

Programme Committee:

Masayuki Asahara, Nat. Inst. for Jap. Lang. and Ling.
Piotr Bánski, IDS Mannheim
Silvia Bernardini, U of Bologna
Niels Brügger, University of Aarhus
Sascha Diwersy, Université Montpellier 3
Stefan Evert, FAU Erlangen
Susanne Flach, Freie Universität Berlin
Cédrick Fairon, UC Louvain
William H. Fletcher, U.S. Naval Academy
Jack Grieve, Aston University
Aurelie Herbelot, University of Trento
Matthias Hüning, FU Berlin
Detmar Meurers, Universität Tübingen
Miloš Jakubíček, Masaryk University Brno
Iztok Kosem, Trojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies
Anne Krause, Universität Leipzig
Simon Krek, Jožef Stefan Institute
Lothar Lemnitzer, BBAW
Nikola Ljubešić, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana
Steffen Remus, TU Darmstadt
Antonio Ruiz Tinoco, Sophia University
Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis U
Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds
Barbara Schlücker, Universität Bonn
Sabine Schulte im Walde, IMS Stuttgart
Klaus Schulz, LMU München
Egon Stemle, EURAC Bozen/Bolzano
Peter Uhrig, FAU Erlangen
Marieke van Erp, VU Amsterdam
Wajdi Zaghouani, CMU Qatar
Amir Zeldes, Georgetown University, Washington
Arne Zeschel, IDS Mannheim

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