Appel: CogALex-IV, Workshop co-located with Coling

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Wed Mar 26 21:14:18 UTC 2014

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:42:49 +0800
From: zock <zock at>
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Apologies for multiple postings. Please distribute to colleagues.

Please note that the url of the CogALex website (announced beginning
march) has changed.

The one mentioned in this message is the correct one (sorry for causing
any inconvenience)


1st Call for Papers

4th Workshop on  Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex)
together with a shared task concerning the 'lexical access-problem'

Pre-conference workshop at COLING 2014 (August 23d, Dublin, Ireland)

Submission deadline: May 25, 2014

Invited speaker : Roberto Navigli (Sapienza University of Rome)


The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers involved in the
construction and application of electronic dictionaries to discuss
modifications of existing resources in line with the users' needs,
thereby fully exploiting the advantages of the digital form. Given the
breadth of the questions, we welcome reports on work from many
perspectives, including but not limited to: computational lexicography,
psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, language learning and


The way we look at dictionaries (their creation and use) has changed
dramatically over the past 30 years. While being considered as an
appendix to grammar in the past, by now they have moved to centre
stage. Indeed, there is hardly any task in NLP which can be conducted
without them. Also, rather than being static entities (data-base view),
dictionaries are now viewed as dynamic networks, i.e. graphs, whose
nodes and links (connection strengths) may change over
time. Interestingly, properties concerning topology, clustering and
evolution known from other disciplines (society, economy, human brain)
also apply to dictionaries: everything is linked, hence accessible, and
everything is evolving. Given these similarities, one may wonder what we
can learn from these disciplines.

In this 4th edition of the CogALex workshop we therefore also invite
scientists working in these fields, with the goal to broaden the
picture, i.e. to gain a better understanding concerning the mental
lexicon and to integrate these findings into our dictionaries in order
to support navigation. Given recent advances in neurosciences, it
appears timely to seek inspiration from neuroscientists studying the
human brain. There is also a lot to be learned from other fields
studying graphs and networks, even if their object of study is something
else than language, for example biology, economy or society.


This workshop is about possible enhancements of lexical resources and
electronic dictionaries. To perform the groundwork for the next
generation of such resources we invite researchers involved in the
building of such tools.  The idea is to discuss modifications of
existing resources by taking the users’ needs and knowledge states into
account, and to capitalize on the advantages of the digital media. For
this workshop we solicit papers including but not limited to the
following topics, each of which can be considered from various points of
view: linguistics, neuro- or psycholinguistics (tip of the tongue
problem, associations), network related sciences (sociology, economy,
biology), mathematics (vector-based approaches, graph theory,
small-world problem), etc.

1) Analysis of the conceptual input of a dictionary user

* What does a language producer start from (bag of words)?
* What is in the authors' minds when they are generating a message and
  looking for a word?
* What does it take to bridge the gap between this input and the desired
  output (target word)?

2) The meaning of words

* Lexical representation (holistic, decomposed)
* Meaning representation (concept based, primitives)
* Revelation of hidden information (distributional semantics, latent
  semantics, vector-based approaches: LSA/HAL)
* Neural models, neurosemantics, neurocomputational theories of content

3) Structure of the lexicon

* Discovering structures in the lexicon: formal and semantic point of
  view (clustering, topical structure)

* Creative ways of getting access to and using word associations
  (reading between the lines, subliminal communication);

* Evolution, i.e. dynamic aspects of the lexicon (changes of weights)

* Neural models of the mental lexicon (distribution of information
  concerning words, organisation of words)

4) Methods for crafting dictionaries or indexes

* Manual, automatic or collaborative building of dictionaries and
  indexes (crowd-sourcing, serious games, etc.)
* Impact and use of social networks (Facebook, Twitter) for building
  dictionaries, for organizing and indexing the data (clustering of
  words), and for allowing to track navigational strategies, etc.
* (Semi-) automatic induction of the link type (e.g. synonym, hypernym,
  meronym, association, collocation, ...)
* Use of corpora and patterns (data-mining) for getting access to words,
  their uses, combinations and associations

5) Dictionary access (navigation and search strategies, interface issues,...)

* Search based on sound, meaning or associations
* Search (simple query vs multiple words)
* Context-dependent search (modification of users’ goals during search)
* Recovery
* Navigation (frequent navigational patterns or search strategies used
  by people)
* Interface problems, data-visualisation

6) Dictionary applications

* Methods supporting vocabulary learning (for example, creation of
  data-bases showing words in various contexts)
* Tools for supporting Human translation


* Deadline for paper submissions: May 25, 2014
* Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2014
* Camera-ready papers due : July 7, 2014
* Worskhop date: August 23, 2014


Papers should follow the COLING main conference formatting details
(http:// and should be
submitted as a PDF-file via the START workshop manager at (you must register first).

Contributions can be short or long papers. Short paper submission must
describe original and unpublished work without exceeding six (6) pages
(references included). Characteristics of short papers include: a small,
focused contribution; work in progress; a negative result; a piece of
opinion; an interesting application nugget. Long paper submissions must
describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work without
exceeding twelve (12) pages (references included).

Reviewing will be double blind, so the papers should not reveal the
authors' identity. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop

For further details see:


* Bel Enguix, Gemma (LIF-CNRS, France)
* Chang, Jason (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
* Cook, Paul (University of Melbourne, Australia)
* Cristea, Dan (University A.I.Cuza, Iasi, Romania)
* De Deyne, Simon (Experimental Psychology, Leuven, Belgium) and
  (Adelaide, Australia)
* De Melo, Gerard (IIIS, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
* Ferret, Olivier (CEA LIST, Gif sur Yvette, France)
* Fontenelle, Thierry (CDT, Luxemburg)
* Gala, Nuria (LIF-CNRS, Aix Marseille University, Marseille, France)
* Granger, Sylviane (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
* Grefenstette, Gregory (Inria, Saclay, France)
* Hirst, Graeme (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Hovy, Eduard (CMU, Pittsburgh, USA)
* Hsieh, Shu-Kai (National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan)
* Huang, Chu-Ren (Hongkong Polytechnic University, China)
* Joyce, Terry (Tama University, Kanagawa-ken, Japan)
* Lapalme, Guy (RALI, University of Montreal, Canada)
* Lenci, Alessandro (CNR, university of Pisa, Italy)
* L'Homme, Marie Claude (University of Montreal, Canada)
* Mihalcea, Rada (University of Texas, USA)
* Navigli, Roberto (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)
* Pirrelli, Vito (ILC, Pisa, Italy)
* Polguère, Alain (ATILF-CNRS, Nancy, France)
* Rapp, Reinhard (LIF-CNRS, France) and (Mainz, Germany)
* Rosso, Paolo (NLEL, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain)
* Schwab, Didier (LIG-GETALP, Grenoble, France)
* Serasset, Gilles (IMAG, Grenoble, France)
* Sharoff, Serge (University of Leeds, UK)
* Su, Jun-Ming (University of Tainan, Taiwan)
* Tiberius, Carole (Institute for Dutch Lexicology, The Netherlands)
* Tokunaga, Takenobu (TITECH, Tokyo, Japan)
* Tufis, Dan (RACAI, Bucharest, Romania)
* Valitutti, Alessandro (Helsinki Institute of Information Technology, Finland)
* Wandmacher, Tonio (IRT SystemX, Saclay, France)
* Zock, Michael (LIF-CNRS, Marseille, France), currently (University of Tainan,


* Michael Zock (LIF-CNRS, Marseille, France), michael.zock AT
* Reinhard Rapp (University of Aix Marseille (France) and Mainz (Germany),
  reinhardrapp AT
* Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong),
  churen.huang AT

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