Philippe Blache pb at
Tue Jul 18 13:51:17 UTC 2000

From: "Nancy M. Ide" <ide at>

                          ACL 2000 Workshop


   Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group for the Lexicon (SIGLEX)

                   October 2000 (following ACL'2000)
            Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


With an increasingly global economy and the explosive growth of the
"World" in "World Wide Web", the computational linguistics community
is faced as never before with the challenges and opportunities of
multi-linguality. At the same time, the community has returned with
renewed enthusiasm to problems of word meaning, especially the
delineation and discrimination of word senses.  An intimate
relationship between the two issues is becoming apparent -- for
example, in the consideration of translation equivalence in parallel
corpora, the construction of multilingual ontologies, and the
examination of senses in relation to specific natural language
applications such as machine translation, information retrieval,
summarization, etc. The issue of multi-lingual approaches to sense
distinctions was also a central topic of discussion at the first
SENSEVAL conference in 1998, and is one of the areas to be covered at
SENSEVAL-2 (to be held in Spring 2001).

This workshop is intended to address problems of word sense
disambiguation and delineation of appropriate sense distinctions, with
specific emphasis on approaches that involve more than one language
and the ways in which observations about cross-linguistic equivalence
affect our consideration of sense divisions in the individual
languages. More generally, we seek to foster discussion and exchanges
of insight in any area of computational linguistics where a
non-monolingual approach to word sense issues is being taken.

Some example topics include

  o multi-lingual sense inventories and systems, e.g. EuroWordNet,
  o use of parallel corpora in investigating word sense issues
  o word senses and cross-language information retrieval
  o word senses and machine translation
  o comparative lexical semantics

We will also consider submission on issues in mono-lingual lexical
semantics relevant to sense distinctions, but priority will be given
to papers addressing multi-lingual approaches.

Where and when

The workshop will be held for a full day on either October 7 or 8,
following the main ACL conference October 3-6.  The venue will be
the same as for ACL 2000.


Submissions are limited to original, unpublished work. Papers may
not exceed 3200 words (exclusive of title page and references).
They must be received by July 31, 2000, in hard copy (4 copies)
OR postscript OR rtf format.  Electronic submissions should be sent to
siglex-ws at Hard copies should be mailed to:

SIGLEX Workshop Submission
Department of Computer Science
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0250

Important Dates

Submission (of full-length paper)              August 10
Acceptance notice                              August 31
Camera-ready paper due                      September 15
Workshop date                             October 7 or 8


Nancy Ide, Vassar College
Charles Fillmore, UC Berkeley and ICSI
Philip Resnik, University of Maryland
David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University

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