LINGUIST List 31.197

Tue Jan 14 2020

Confs: Comp Ling / USA

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 12-Jan-2020
From: Beata Beigman Klebanov <>
Subject: Shared Task on Metaphor Detection
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Shared Task on Metaphor Detection

Date: 13-Jan-2020 - 22-Mar-2020
Location: WWW, USA
Contact: Beata Beigman Klebanov
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

Call For Participation: Shared Task On Metaphor Detection

We are happy to announce the start of the second shared task on metaphor detection.

Following a successful shared task on metaphor detection in news, editorial, conversations, and academic writing sampled from the BNC during the Workshop on Figurative Language Processing NAACL 2018 , we are expanding to a new domain and conducting a shared task on detection of metaphors in persuasive essays written by non-native speakers of English. Beigman Klebanov, Leong, and Flor (NAACL 2018) showed that usage of metaphorical language that is related to the writer's arguments is correlated with the human holistic scores of essay quality. We use the annotated dataset from the Beigman Klebanov et al (2018) study to conduct the shared task, and use their results as a baseline. We also publish the features to help participants directly build on the prior work. In addition, we run a second round of competition on the BNC data, to help track improvements on this benchmark since the last shared task.

For more information about the shared task and to participate visit

Important Dates
- January 12, 2020: 1st CFP for the shared task; CodaLab competition is open; training data and auxiliary scripts can be downloaded
- February 12, 2020: 2nd CFP for the shared task; test data can be downloaded and results submitted; performance will be tracked on CodaLab dashboard
- March 22, 2020: Last day for submitting predictions on test data
- April 18, 2020: Papers describing the systems are due
- May 8, 2020: Notifications for papers are sent
- May 18, 2020: Camera Ready version of papers
- July 9/10, 2020: Workshop on Figurative Language Processing ACL 2020 in Seattle, WA (
Task organizers
- Ben Leong, Educational Testing Service; cleong [AT] ets [DOT] org
- Beata Beigman Klebanov, Educational Testing Service, bbeigmanklebanov [AT] ets [DOT] org 
- Rutuja Ubale, Educational Testing Service, rubale [AT] ets [DOT] org
- Chris Hamill, Educational Testing Service, chamill [AT] ets [DOT] org

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