LINGUIST List 31.307

Wed Jan 22 2020

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Discipline of Linguistics, General Linguistics, Lexicography, Ling & Literature, Linguistic Theories, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Spain

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Date: 20-Jan-2020
From: Michael Zock <>
Subject: Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
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Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
Short Title: CogALex

Date: 13-Sep-2020 - 13-Sep-2020
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact: Michael Zock
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; Lexicography; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Supporting us in many tasks (thinking, searching, memorizing and communicating) words are important. Hence, one may wonder how to build tools supporting their learning and usage (access/navigation). Alas the answer is not quite as straightforward as it may seem. It depends on various factors: the questioner's background (lexicography, psychology, computer science), the task (production/reception), and the material support (hardware). Words in books, computers and the human brain are not the same. Obviously, being aware of this, different communities have focused on different issues --(dictionary building; creation of navigational tools; representation and organization of words; time course for accessing a word, etc.)-- yet, their views and respective goals have changed considerably over time.

Obviously, different communities look at words from different angles, which can be an asset, as complementary views may help us to broaden and deepen our understanding of this fundamental cognitive resource. Yet, this diversity of perspectives can also a problem, in particular if the field is rapidly moving on, as in our case. Hence it becomes harder and harder for everyone, including experts, to remain fully informed about the latest changes (state of the art). This is one of the reasons why we organize this workshop. More precisely, our goal is not only to keep people informed without getting them crushed by the information glut, but also to help them to perceive clearly what is new, relevant, hence important. Last, but not least, we would like to connect people from different communities in the hope that this may help them to gain new insights or inspirations.

This workshop is about possible enhancements of lexical resources (representation, organization of the data, etc.). To allow for this we invite researchers to submit their contributions. The idea is to discuss the limitations of existing resources and to explore possible enhancements that take into account the users' and the engineers' needs (computational aspects).

Also, just like in the past we propose again a 'shared task'. This time the goal is to provide a common benchmark for testing lexical representations for the automatic identification of lexical semantic relations (synonymy, antonymy, hypernymy, part-whole meronymy) in various languages (English, Chinese, and so on).

For this workshop we solicit papers including but not limited to the following topics, each of which can be considered from various points of view: linguistics (lexicography, computational- or corpus linguistics), neuro- or psycholinguistics (tip-of-the-tongue problem, word associations), network-related sciences (vector-based approaches, graph theory, small-world problem), and so on. For more details, see the Cogalex website.

The workshop features two tracks:
A regular research track, where the submissions must be substantially original.
A shared task track, with submissions consisting of system description papers.

Invited Speaker: Alex Arenas (

For general questions, please get in touch with Michael Zock (

Concerning the shared task, please contact Enrico Santus (, or Emmanuele Chersoni (

Call for Papers:

The workshop features two tracks:

- A regular research track, where the submissions must be substantially original.
- A shared task track, with submissions consisting of system description papers.

The regular research track submissions should follow one of the 2 formats:
- Long papers (9 content pages + references) should report on solid and finished research including new experimental results, resources and/or techniques.
- Short papers (4 content pages + references) should report on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing research, negative results and/or philosophical discussion.

Submissions must be anonymized, conform to the style sheet of the main conference (Download the MS Word and LaTeX templates here:, and be submitted via the Coling website ( While some papers may be accepted only as posters, in the workshop proceedings no distinction will be made between them and full papers.

We invite submissions of up to nine (9) pages maximum, plus bibliography for long papers and four (4) pages, plus bibliography, for short papers. The COLING’2020 templates must be used; these are provided in LaTeX and also Microsoft Word format. Submissions will only be accepted in PDF format. Deviations from the provided templates will result in rejections without review. Submit papers by the end of the deadline day (timezone is UTC-12).

Important Dates:

Workshop papers:
Paper submission deadline: May 14, 2020
Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2020
Camera-ready papers due: July 11, 2020
Workshop date: September 13, 2020

Shared task:
Release of development data : March 20, 2020
Release of test data April: 20-24, 2020
Announcement of winners May 1, 2020
Shared task papers due: May 20, 2020

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