LINGUIST List 30.1057

Wed Mar 06 2019

Calls: Applied Ling, Comp Ling, Ling Theories, Pragmatics, Semantics/Sweden

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 05-Mar-2019
From: Arash Eshghi <>
Subject: IWCS’19 Workshop on Vector Semantics for Dialogue and Discourse
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Full Title: IWCS’19 Workshop on Vector Semantics for Dialogue and Discourse
Short Title: VSDD

Date: 24-May-2019 - 24-May-2019
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact Person: Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 07-Apr-2019

Meeting Description:

(Session of 13th International Conference on Computational Semantics)

We are pleased to announce a workshop on Vector Semantics for Dialogue and Discourse (VSDD) to be held on May 24th 2019 at the IWCS Conference in Gothenburg.

Vector models of meaning---both strictly distributional models derived directly from co-occurrence statistics, and embeddings learned using representations such as those learnt by a neural network---have revolutionised computational linguistics via their ability to reflect semantic similarities and regularities while providing flexibility to model dynamics and change. However, despite much recent interest in extending these models from the level of words to larger phrases and sentences, there has been little attempt to extend these to the realm of discourse and dialogue. This requires a shift in perspective, moving beyond the static word/sentence view of language to a dynamic perspective seeing language as a set of mechanisms for real-time interactions, encompassing a whole range of actions both sub- and supra-sentential.

This workshop hopes to bring together researchers using vector space methods for semantics in the realm of dialogue and discourse to discuss these challenges and fill this gap. We are planning this event as an open discussion session, with three keynote speakers (see below) and otherwise individual participants having a short slot to discuss a presented poster, with plenty of time allowed for free interactive exchange.

Topics of interest:

Distributional Semantics, Vector Space Semantics, Composition Functions, Word Embeddings in Dialogue Systems, Distributional Pragmatics, Vector Composition beyond the Sentence, Sub-sentential Vector Composition, Incremental, Semantic Parsing in Vector Space, Underspecification, Hybrid Symbolic-Distributional Models, Representation Learning for Dialogue & Discourse, Vector Space Models of Dialogue & Discourse Context, Language Grounding

Call for Papers:

Call for Abstracts: IWCS’19 Workshop on Vector Semantics for Dialogue and Discourse (VSDD)

Workshop Date: 24 of May 2019

Workshop Website:

IWCS Conference Website:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 7 April, 2019

Abstract Format: Abstracts should: be anonymous; be no longer than 2 A4 pages including references; be in .pdf format; use single line spacing, 11pt font with 1-inch margins.

2-pages including references; 11pt font; 1 inch margins.

Abstract Submission Page: Go to, and select the VSDD track

Keynote Speakers: Gemma Boleda, Raquel Fernandez and Julie Weeds

Programme Co-Chairs: Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Matthew Purver, Arash Eshghi, Julian Hough, Ruth Kempson & Pat Healey

Programme Committee: Raffaella Bernardi, Arash Eshghi, Pat Healey, Hannah Gibson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Aurelie Herbelot, Julian Hough, Chris Howes, Ruth Kempson, Matthew Purver, Stephen Mcgregor, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, David Schlangen, Ye Tian, Gljs Wijnholds

Organisers: Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Arash Eshghi, Matthew Purver, Julian Hough, Ruth Kempson & Pat Healey

Page Updated: 06-Mar-2019