Appel: ACL-Workshop, DiscoMT (final call for papers)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Apr 10 10:05:36 UTC 2013

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 01:00:40 +0200
From: Joerg Tiedemann <jorg.tiedemann at>
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[apologies for cross posting]

ACL 2013 Workshop on Discourse in Machine Translation (DiscoMT)
Friday, August 9, 2013 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Final call for papers

Over the past four years, there has been a resurgence of interest in
machine translation from the perspective of discourse, and in discourse
from the perspective of machine translation.  This includes ensuring
document-level consistency in the choice of lexical items or referring
forms or in document style or register; translating discourse phenomena
that depend on more than just the context of the current sentence or of
n-grams to the left and/or right; and ensuring that source-language
discourse relations between clauses and/or sentences are also realized
in the target text.

Given this renewed interest, we are pleased to invite paper submissions
to the ACL 2013 Workshop on Discourse in MT, to be held on August 9,
2013 in Sofia.

The papers should focus on language processing techniques, whether
theoretically-inspired or empirical, which address one or more of the
discourse-level phenomena listed below, either in combination with MT,
or from a cross-lingual perspective.  We especially welcome papers that
propose methods and software which enhance the capabilities of MT
systems on discourse-level phenomena.  Papers assessing the importance
and origins of MT difficulties with discourse, including research and
commercial MT systems, are suitable as well.

The proposed workshop solicits submissions more particularly focused on
the following topics, but welcomes also submissions that link discourse
studies with machine translation in some other way.

- discourse processing in support of MT, including:
   o textual coherence, including anaphora, coreference, tense,
     aspect and modality
   o textual cohesion, including lexical consistency
   o discourse structure, including appropriate use of connectives and
     information structuring devices
   o topic structure
   o consistency in style and register
- MT techniques for obtaining document-level consistency and domain
- MT techniques for structured documents;
- methods and algorithms to handle discourse-level phenomena in
  MT training and decoding;
- uses of MT in processing discourse-level phenomena;
- techniques for assessing the impact of discourse-level processing on
  MT quality;
- quantitative studies on the impact of discourse-level phenomena on
  current MT systems vs. discourse-aware ones.

Submission instructions

We solicit previously unpublished work, presented either as long or
short papers, following the ACL 2013 formatting guidelines available at  Long papers should have at most 8
pages of content, not including references.  Short papers are limited to
4 pages of content, not including references.  There is no constraint on
the length of the reference list.  Both types of submissions should be
anonymous, i.e. do not disclose in any way the identity of the
author(s).  Papers must be submitted using the START system at the URL
indicated on the workshop's website.


Important dates

Submission deadline: April 26, 2013
Notification of acceptance: May 24, 2013
Final versions due: June 7, 2013
Workshop: August 9, 2013

Organizing Committee

Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh), chair
Ondrej Bojar (Charles University, Prague)
Chris Callison-Burch (Johns Hopkins University)
Marcello Federico (FBK-IRST, Trento)
Pierre Isabelle (NCRC Canada)
Katja Markert (University of Leeds), co-chair
Andrei Popescu-Belis (Idiap Research Institute), co-chair
Jörg Tiedemann (University of Uppsala), co-chair

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