LINGUIST List 29.2887

Fri Jul 13 2018

Confs: Comp Ling, Lexicography, Ling Theories, Text/Corpus Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 13-Jul-2018
From: Adam Meyers <>
Subject: Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions
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Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions
Short Title: LAW-MWE-CxG 2018

Date: 25-Aug-2018 - 26-Aug-2018
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Contact: Adam Meyers
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Meeting URL:

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

Meeting Description:

This workshop brings together three divergent (but overlapping) research communities studying linguistic annotation, multiword expressions and grammatical constructions. This is simultaneously the Twelfth Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW XII) and the 14th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2018).

The workshop features:

- Invited talks by Lori Levin, Adam PrzepiĆ³rkowski and Nathan Schneider
- Oral presentations and posters on linguistic annotation, multiword expressions, and grammatical constructions
- Posters on systems participating in PARSEME Shared Task on Automatic Identification of Verbal MWEs
- The SIGLEX-MWE and SIGANN business meetings

Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the backbone of supervised methods for statistical natural language processing; further, it is essential for evaluation of both rule-based and supervised systems and can help formalize and study linguistic phenomena.

Multiword expressions (MWEs) are word combinations, such as all of a sudden, hot dog, to pay a visit or to pull one's leg, which exhibit lexical, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and/or statistical idiosyncrasies. Computational research on MWEs encompasses NLP modelling and processing as well as annotation.

Construction Grammar (CxG) is a linguistic framework of relevance to both linguistic annotation and MWEs. In this framework, constructions are form-meaning pairings of varying degrees of internal complexity and lexical fixedness, including idioms like the-Xer-the-Yer (the more the merrier, etc.) and semantically productive meaning-bearing syntactic patterns (e.g., the caused-motion construction: Mary pushed the napkin off the table; the ditransitive construction: He gave her a burger), which give rise to novel usages (e.g. Mary sneezed the napkin off the table; He grilled her a burger). Annotation and automatic processing of constructions pose significant challenges: because constructions are form-meaning pairs that can be more or less fluid in form, determining the annotation units for a construction is not straightforward. For the above reasons, grammatical constructions were elected as a joint focus of interest by both the MWE and the LAW communities to constitute a special theme within a joint 2-day workshop.


The full program can be found here:

The workshop is co-located with COLING 2018, registration is available on the conference website:


This workshop is organized and funded by by the following Special Interest Groups of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL):

- Special Interest Group for Annotation (SIGANN)
- Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX)
- Special Interest Group on Computational Semantics (SIGSEM)

Dates of Workshop:

August 25-26, 2018


For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to

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