Appel: ACM TSLP Special Issue on MWEs

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Feb 15 16:08:41 UTC 2012

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:44:45 +0100
From: Carlos Ramisch <carlosramisch at>
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                         Second Call for Papers
           ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing

                Special Issue on Multiword Expressions:
                    from Theory to Practice and Use


               Deadline for Submissions: May, 15th, 2012

Call for Papers

Multiword expressions (MWEs) range over linguistic constructions like
idioms (a frog in the throat, kill some time), fixed phrases (per se, by
and large, rock'n roll), noun compounds (traffic light, cable car),
compound verbs (draw a conclusion, go by [a name]), etc. While easily
mastered by native speakers, their interpretation poses a major
challenge for computational systems, due to their flexible and
heterogeneous nature.  Surprisingly enough, MWEs are not nearly as
frequent in NLP resources (dictionaries, grammars) as they are in
real-word text, where they have been reported to account for half of the
entries in the lexicon of a speaker and over 70% of the terms in a
domain. Thus, MWEs are a key issue and a current weakness for tasks like
natural language parsing and generation, as well as real-life
applications such as machine translation.

In spite of several proposals for MWE representation ranging along the
continuum from words-with-spaces to compositional approaches connecting
lexicon and grammar, to date, it remains unclear how MWEs should be
represented in electronic dictionaries, thesauri and grammars. New
methodologies that take into account the type of MWE and its properties
are needed for efficiently handling manually and/or automatically
acquired expressions in NLP systems. Moreover, we also need strategies
to represent deep attributes and semantic properties for these multiword
entries. While there is no unique definition or classification of MWEs,
most researchers agree on some major classes such as named entities,
collocations, multiword terminology and verbal expressions. These,
though, are very heterogeneous in terms of syntactic and semantic
properties, and should thus be treated differently by
applications. Type-dependent analyses could shed some light on the best
methodologies to integrate MWE knowledge in our analysis and generation

Evaluation is also a crucial aspect for MWE research. Various evaluation
techniques have been proposed, from manual inspection of top-n
candidates to classic precision/recall measures. The use of tools and
datasets freely available on the MWE community website ( is encouraged when evaluating
MWE treatment. However, application-oriented techniques are needed to
give a clear indication of whether the acquired MWEs are really
useful. Research on the impact of MWE handling in applications such as
parsing, generation, information extraction, machine translation,
summarization can help to answer these questions.

We call for papers that present research on theoretical and practical
aspects of the computational treatment of MWEs, specifically focusing on
MWEs in applications such as machine translation, information retrieval
and question answering. We also strongly encourage submissions on
processing MWEs in the language of social media and micro-blogs. The
focus of the special issue, thus, includes, but is not limited to the
following topics:

* MWE treatment in applications such as the ones mentioned above;
* Lexical representation of MWEs in dictionaries and grammars;
* Corpus-based identification and extraction of MWEs;
* Application-oriented evaluation of MWE treatment;
* Type-dependent analysis of MWEs;
* Multilingual applications (e.g. machine translation, bilingual
* Parsing and generation of MWEs, especially, processing of MWEs in the
  language of social media and micro-blogs;
* MWEs and user interaction;
* MWEs in linguistic theories like HPSG, LFG and minimalism and their
  contribution to applications;
* Relevance of research on first and second language acquisition of MWEs
  for applications;
* Crosslinguistic studies on MWEs.

Submission Procedure

Authors should follow the ACM TSLP manuscript preparation guidelines
described on the journal web site and submit an
electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal
manuscript submission site Authors are required to
specify that their submission is intended for this special issue by
including on the first page of the manuscript and in the field "Author's
Cover Letter" the note "Submitted for the special issue on Multiword


Submission deadline: May, 15th, 2012
Notification of acceptance: September, 15th , 2012
Final manuscript due: November, 31st, 2012

Program Committee
* Iñaki Alegria, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
* Dimitra Anastasiou, University of Bremen (Germany)
* Eleftherios Avramidis, DFKI GmbH (Germany)
* Timothy Baldwin, University of Melbourne (Australia)
* Francis Bond, Nanyang Technological University  (Singapore)
* Aoife Cahill, ETS (USA)
* Helena Caseli, Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil)
* Yu Tracy Chen, DFKI GmbH (Germany)
* Paul Cook, University of Melbourne (Australia)
* Ann Copestake, University of Cambridge (UK)
* Béatrice Daille, Nantes University (France)
* Gaël Dias, University of Caen Basse-Normandie (France)
* Stefan Evert, University of Darmstadt (Germany)
* Roxana Girju, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
* Chikara Hashimoto, National Institute of Information and
  Communications Technology (Japan)
* Kyo Kageura, University of Tokyo (Japan)
* Martin Kay, Stanford University and Saarland University (USA &
* Su Nam Kim, University of Melbourne (Australia)
* Dietrich Klakow, Saarland University (Germany)
* Philipp Koehn, University of Edinburgh (UK)
* Ioannis Korkontzelos, University of Manchester (UK)
* Brigitte Krenn, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial
  Intelligence (Austria)
* Evita Linardaki, Hellenic Open University (Greece)
* Takuya Matsuzaki, Tsujii Lab, University of Tokyo (Japan)
* Yusuke Miyao, Japan National Institute of Informatics (NII) (Japan)
* Preslav Nakov , Qatar Foundation (Qatar)
* Gertjan van Noord, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
* Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha, University of Cambridge (UK)
* Jan Odijk, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands)
* Pavel Pecina, Charles University (Czech Republic)
* Scott Piao, Lancaster University (UK)
* Thierry Poibeau, CNRS and École Normale Supérieure (France)
* Maja Popovic,  DFKI GmbH  (Germany)
* Ivan Sag, Stanford University (USA)
* Agata Savary, Université François Rabelais Tours (France)
* Violeta Seretan, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
* Ekaterina Shutova, University of Cambridge (UK)
* Joaquim Ferreira da Silva, New University of Lisbon (Portugal)
* Lucia Specia, University of Wolverhampton (UK)
* Sara Stymne, Linköping University (Sweden)
* Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa (Canada)
* Beata Trawinski, University of Vienna (Austria)
* Kyioko Uchiyama, National Institute of Informatics (Japan)
* Ruben Urizar, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
* Tony Veale, University College Dublin (Ireland)
* David Vilar,  DFKI GmbH  (Germany)
* Begoña Villada Moirón, RightNow  (The Netherlands)
* Tom Wasow, Stanford University (USA)
* Shuly Wintner,  University of Haifa (Israel)
* Yi Zhang, DFKI GmbH and Saarland University (Germany)

Guest Editors

* Valia Kordoni, DFKI GmbH and Saarland University (Germany)
* Carlos Ramisch, University of Grenoble (France) and Federal
  University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
* Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  (Brazil) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)


For any inquiries regarding the special issue, please send an email
to mweguesteditor at

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