Appel: Language Diversity and the Acquisition of Linguistic Semantic Knowledge

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sat Mar 8 10:07:58 UTC 2008

Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 11:20:57 -0500 (EST)
From: <szpak at>
Message-Id: <200803061620.LAA01356 at kamla.csi.UOttawa.CA>

Final Call for Papers

Title of the workshop:
Language Diversity and the Acquisition of Linguistic Semantic Knowledge

The host conference:
6th International Conference on Multimedia and Network Information
Systems, Wroclaw, Poland, September 18-19, 2008 

Web site:
The proportion of Web pages written in English keeps decreasing, but a
majority of text-handling tools and techniques have been developed for
English and tested on English resources. Many languages have been
reasonably well served by the existing systems, but large typological
differences (complex morphology, rich inflection, freer-order syntax,
not to mention cultural biases) tend to make those tools and resources
less than fully adequate. This may be particularly true of deeper
processing, including the acquisition of natural language semantics
from text.

The workshop seeks to explore methodologies developed from scratch for
a variety of languages, and perhaps their reapplication to the
processing of English texts. We invite submissions on the topics we
list below, and on closely related topics in the general spirit of the
workshop. We target the problem of automatic extraction of some form
of natural language semantics from corpora and application of the
knowledge extracted in that way in systems that deal with natural

Work on any language is welcome; we particularly encourage submissions
related to "less privileged" languages. The workshop will be held in
English, to ensure the broadest dissemination of its contributions. We
have room for up to 50 papers, including posters, so there will be
ample opportunity to report on work in progress. To suit the host
conference, papers on applications of the semantic knowledge extracted
from text will also be considered; such applications include machine
translation, parsing, sentiment analysis, information retrieval,
information extraction, and text mining.

All submissions must present original work. There will be a strict
reviewing process. Formatting instructions appear on the workshop's
Web site. The submission system is already open.


The proceedings will be printed by IEEE.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue
of the International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database
dedicated to the MISSI'08 Conference, as well as in the International
Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach (IJITSA).

A book devoted to the topics of the conference will be published after
the conference. Those who have presented at the conference will be
invited to submit extended versions of their papers as book chapters.


Distributional semantics, semantic relatedness, semantic similarity
Extraction of lexico-semantic relations
Extraction of logical models for natural language semantics
Extraction of selectional restrictions
Lexicon extraction from corpora
Pattern-based methods in lexical knowledge acquisition
Recognition of expressions of opinions and emotions in text
Resources and tools for word-sense disambiguation
Software support for lexical knowledge acquisition
Thesaurus construction, extension and critique


submission       March 27, 2008
reviews in       April 30, 2008
acceptance       May 7, 2008
camera-ready     May 21-28, 2008

Stan Szpakowicz, PhD, Professor __ 613-562-5800/6687
SITE, Computer Science _______ szpak at
University of Ottawa ____

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