Appel: Third Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Fri Jan 3 17:48:39 UTC 2014

Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:53:48 -0500
From: Stan Szpakowicz <szpak at>
Message-ID: <52C58B8C.2060603 at>

Third Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature
April 27, 2014, Göteborg, Sweden, co-located with EACL 2014

Third and Last Call for Papers

(with apologies for multiple postings)

The purpose of the series of ACL workshops on Computational Linguistics
for Literature is to bring together researchers fascinated with
literature as a unique type of data which pose distinct challenges. We
invite papers on original unpublished work in this broad area. In
particular, we hope to see papers which explore how the state-of-the-art
NLP methods can help solve existing research problems in the humanities,
or perhaps suggest new problems.

Literary texts revolve around the human condition, emotions, social life
and inner life. Naturally, such data abound in common-sense knowledge
but are very thin on technical jargon. Can tools and methods developed
in the ACL community help process literary data? When do they work, when
do they fail and why? What new instruments do we need in order to work
with prose and poetry, on a large or small scale? Are there
computational solutions of noteworthy problems in the Humanities,
Information Science, Library Sciences and other similar disciplines?

Here are some of the topics of interest to the workshop:

- the needs of the readers and how these needs translate into meaningful
  NLP tasks;
- searching for literature;
- recommendation systems for literature;
- computational modelling of narratives, computational narratology,
  computational folkloristics;
- summarization of literature;
- differences between literature and other types of writing as relevant
  to computational linguistics;
- discourse structure in literature;
- emotion analysis for literature;
- profiling and authorship attribution;
- identification and analysis of literary genres;
- building and analyzing social networks of characters;
- generation of literary narrative, dialogue or poetry;
- modelling literary dialogue for generation.

We will consider regular papers which describe experimental methods or
theoretical work, and we will gladly welcome position papers. The NLP
community does not study literature often enough, so it is important to
discuss and formulate the problems before proposing solutions.

The submission deadline is January 23, 2014.

Anna Feldman, Anna Kazantseva, Stan Szpakowicz

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