LINGUIST List 32.179

Tue Jan 12 2021

Calls: Comp Ling/Thailand

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 11-Jan-2021
From: Petya Osenova <>
Subject: 17th Workshop on Multiword Expressions
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Full Title: 17th Workshop on Multiword Expressions
Short Title: MWE 2021

Date: 05-Aug-2021 - 06-Aug-2021
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Contact Person: Petya Osenova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 19-Apr-2021

Meeting Description:

Modelling and processing MWEs for NLP has been the topic of the MWE workshop organised by the MWE section of SIGLEX in conjunction with major NLP conferences since 2003. Although much progress has been made in the field, MWE processing in end-user NLP tasks is currently under-explored, and most studies still introduce MWEs as future work. Nonetheless, there are recent studies in which MWEs gained particular attention in end-user applications, including machine translation (Zaninello & Birch 2020), text simplification (Kochmar et al. 2020, Liu & Hwa 2016), language learning and assessment (Paquot et al. 2019, Christiansen & Arnon 2017), social media mining (Maisto et al. 2017), and abusive language detection (Zampieri et al. 2020, Caselli et al. 2020).

Call for Papers:

The special focus for this 17th edition of the workshop is on MWE processing in end-user applications such as those listed above. On the one hand, the PARSEME shared tasks (Ramisch et al. 2020, Ramisch et al. 2018, Savary et al. 2017), among others, fostered significant progress in MWE identification, providing datasets, evaluation measures and tools that now allow fully integrating MWE identification into end-user applications. On the other hand, NLP seems to be shifting towards end-to-end neural models capable of solving complex end-user tasks with little or no intermediary linguistic symbols, questioning the extent to which MWEs should be implicitly or explicitly modelled. Therefore, one goal of this workshop is to bring together and encourage researchers in various NLP subfields to submit MWE-related research, so that approaches that deal with MWEs in various applications could benefit from each other.

Following the success of previous joint workshops LAW-MWE-CxG 2018, MWE-WN 2019 and MWE-LEX 2020, we further extend the scope of the workshop to MWEs in e-lexicons and WordNets, MWE annotation, as well as grammatical constructions.

The 17th Workshop on MWEs invites submissions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

Traditional MWE topics:
- Computationally-applicable theoretical work on MWEs and constructions in psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics
- MWE and construction annotation and representation in resources such as corpora, treebanks, e-lexicons and WordNets
- Processing of MWEs and constructions in syntactic and semantic frameworks (e.g. CCG, CxG, HPSG, LFG, TAG, UD, etc.)
- Discovery and identification methods for MWEs and constructions
- MWEs and constructions in language acquisition, language learning, and non-standard language (e.g. tweets, speech)
- Evaluation of annotation and processing techniques for MWEs and constructions
- Retrospective comparative analyses from the PARSEME shared tasks on automatic identification of MWEs

Topics on MWEs and end-user applications:
- Processing of MWEs and constructions in end-user applications
- Implicit and explicit representation of MWEs and constructions in end-user applications
- Evaluation of end-user applications concerning MWEs and constructions
- Resources and tools for MWEs and constructions (e.g. lexicons, identifiers) in end-user applications

Pursuing the MWE Section's tradition of synergies with other communities and in accordance with ACL-IJCNLP 2021's theme track on NLP for social good, we will organise a joint session with the Workshop on Online Abuse and Harm (WOAH). We believe that MWEs are important in online abuse detection, and that the latter can provide an interesting testbed for MWE processing technology.

Long papers (8 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. All papers should be submitted via the workshop's START space, available soon. Please choose the appropriate submission modality (long/short).

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to

All deadlines are at 23:59 UTC-12 (anywhere in the world).
April 19, 2021: Paper Submission Deadline
May 28, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
June 7, 2021: Camera-ready papers due
August 5 or 6, 2021: Workshop (Date TBD)

Program chairs: Paul Cook, Jelena Mitrović, Carla Parra Escartín and Ashwini Vaidya
Publication chairs: Petya Osenova and Shiva Taslimipoor
Communication chair: Carlos Ramisch

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