Workshop on Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology

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Workshop on Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology
Short Title: EMOT 2008

Date: 27-May-2008 - 27-May-2008
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Contact Person: Khurshid Ahmad
Meeting Email:
Web Site: http://

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

Call Deadline: 20-Feb-2008

Workshop on Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology at
LREC 2008
27 May 2008

Workshop Topics

Sentiment analysis systems seek to extract emotions and feelings expressed about
people, organisations, nation states, goods and services, in free natural
language texts. This interdisciplinary workshop will address three related
topics in this area:

(a) how metaphor and sentiment interact in everyday communication;

(b) language/conceptual resources properties to support sentiment analysis

(c) evaluation of sentiment analysis programs and evaluation methodologies.

There will be one keynote lecture on each of the three topics followed
by the presentation of papers related to each of the three topics.

Palais des Congrès Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech - Morocco

Call for Papers

LREC 2008 Workshop on
Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology
(EMOT 2008)
27 May, 2008, Marrakech, Morocco
Submission deadline: 20 February 2008

Workshop Aims

This workshop will deal with the recent advances in the processing of
''sentiment'' in arbitrary collections of text. Sentiment can be expressed about
works of art and literature, about the state of financial markets, about liking
and disliking individuals, organisations, ideologies, and consumer goods. It is
necessary to examine what aspects of emotional experience sentiment analysis
aims to capture, how and in what way this may be evaluated. This workshop
focuses on three strands of research which will serve to enhance the development
of automated sentiment analysis systems of free text for real world

Firstly, in psychology and computational linguistics, the notions of emotion and
metaphor interact in a number of complex ways. It has been argued that
conceptual metaphors underlie human understanding and processing of emotion. In
addition, it can be argued that the expression of sentiment and its
interpretation can rely critically on how a speaker or writer uses metaphor.
Therefore, an understanding of how emotion is expressed and perceived in
language is not complete without addressing the role of figurative language and
metaphor as basic scaffolding or tool for modulating affective text content.

Secondly, to date, sentiment analysis typically deals with a specific domain of
'ideal objects'. In order to build a sentiment analysis system, one has to
understand 'what there is' in a given domain, i.e. the ontology of the domain.
In this context, is it possible to conceive of generic sentiment analysis?
Practitioners in this area need to examine the requirements and challenges of an
approach that could cross boundaries of domain or time or even language where
different communities of use, languages or cultures may express or even
experience sentiments in different ways.

Finally, work in sentiment analysis may be regarded as work in intelligent
information retrieval and ''success'' is evaluated in terms of accuracy in
identifying the affective content of information segments. Yet sentiment
analysis has the potential to have a powerful impact in other domains that
require input about emotional context. Researchers in Human-Computer
Interaction, Affective Computing, Lexicography and Terminography, may become
end-users of work in sentiment analysis and sentiment analysis folks may have
much to learn from how a machine artificially ''endowed'' with
emotions/sentiments behaves. It may become feasible to evaluate sentiment
analysis systems in terms of the performance of such applications. An
examination of alternative end-user systems and evaluation mechanisms can only
serve to enrich the field of sentiment analysis and present new challenges for
researchers to address.


Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the
topic area of this workshop. Submissions should not exceed 8 pages and should be
typeset using a font size of 11 points. (Style files will be made available by
LREC for the camera-ready versions of accepted papers.)
The reviewing of the papers will be blind and the papers should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be reviewed by at least
two members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the
workshop proceedings. Springer has expressed an interest in publishing selected
papers from the workshop in one of its series, we are currently in discussions
and will confirm details at a later date.
Papers should be submitted electronically, no later than February 20, 2008. The
only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Details about the
submission procedure will be published on the workshop webpage
( closer to the time.

Important Dates

20 February - Deadline for workshop papers
21 March - Notification of acceptance
4 April - Camera-ready papers due
27 May - Workshop held at LREC 2008

Programme Committee

Khurshid Ahmad, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Workshop Chair)
Gerhard Budin, Zentrum für Translationswissenschaft, Universität Wien, Austria
Ann Devitt, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland,
Sam Glucksberg, Princeton University, USA
Gerhard Heyer, Institut für Informatik, Universität Leipzig, Germany
Maria Teresa Musacchio, Università di Padova, Italy
Margaret Rogers, University of Surrey, U.K.
Carl Vogel, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, U.K.

Further Information

Workshop web page:
LREC 2008 web page:

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