[open-linguistics] Call for papers for MWE-WN 2019: Joint Workshop on MWEs and Wordnets

Jelena Mitrovic jecovit at gmail.com
Fri Dec 21 10:17:29 UTC 2018

Joint Workshop on

Multiword Expressions and Wordnets

(MWE-WN 2019)


Workshop at ACL 2019 <http://www.acl2019.org/EN/index.xhtml> (Florence,
Italy), August 2, 2019

Organized and sponsored by the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX
<http://www.siglex.org/>) of the Association for Computational Linguistics (
ACL <https://www.aclweb.org/portal/>). Endorsed by the Global Wordnet
Association <http://globalwordnet.org/>.  This event is the 15th edition of
the Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE


As a joint event, this workshop addresses two domains – multiword
expressions and Wordnets – with partly overlapping communities and research
interests, but relatively divergent practices and terminologies.

Multiword expressions (MWEs) are word combinations, such as *all of a
sudden*, *a hot dog*, *to pay a visit* or *to pull one's leg*, which
exhibit lexical, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and/or statistical
idiosyncrasies. MWEs encompass closely related linguistic objects such as
idioms, compounds, light verb constructions, rhetorical figures,
institutionalised phrases or collocations. Modelling and computational
aspects of MWEs have been covered by the Multiword Expression Workshop,
organised over the past years by the MWE section
<http://multiword.sourceforge.net/> of SIGLEX <http://www.siglex.org/>.
Because of their unpredictable behavior, and most prominently their
non-compositional semantics, MWEs pose special problems in linguistic
modelling (e.g. treebank annotation and grammar engineering), in NLP
pipelines (e.g. when their orchestration with parsing is concerned), and in
end-use applications (e.g. information extraction or machine translation).

>From its very beginning, Princeton WordNet has included MWEs, and linked
their meanings into a shared network: *talk, blab, sing, spill the beans,
let the cat out of the bag, tattle, peach, babble, babble out, blab out*
“divulge confidential information or secrets”. Indeed, over 50% of entries
in the Princeton WordNet of English are MWEs and most other wordnets have a
similarly high percentage. However, MWEs are generally encoded as a string,
with no internal information about syntactic structure or compositionality.
 Many suggestions for richer encodings have been made but not yet widely
adopted, partly because of the cost of adding richer data to already large

For the above reasons, the MWE and WN communities are organizing this joint
event, which should allow better convergences and scientific innovation. We
call for papers focusing on research related (but not limited) to the
following topics.

Joint topics on MWEs and Wordnets

   - Encoding MWEs in wordnets --- how can we take advantage of the
   existing rich structure of wordnets?
   - Encoding MWEs in wordnets --- consequences for a lexical-semantic
   organization of MWEs
   - Linking wordnets with existing MWE lexicons
   - Word sense disambiguation for single-word and multiword expressions
   - Cross-wordnet and cross-language comparisons of MWEs
   - MWEs in sense-annotated corpora
   - Semantic relations in wordnets related to MWEs

MWE-specific topics

   - Computationally-applicable theoretical studies on MWEs and
   constructions in psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and formal grammars
   - MWE and construction annotation in corpora and treebanks
   - MWE and construction representation in manually/automatically
   constructed lexical resources
   - Processing of MWEs and constructions in syntactic and semantic
   frameworks (e.g. CCG, CxG, HPSG, LFG, TAG, UD, etc.), and in end-user
   applications (e.g. information extraction, machine translation and
   - Original discovery and identification methods for MWEs and
   - MWEs and constructions in language acquisition and in non-standard
   language (e.g. tweets, forums, spontaneous speech)
   - Evaluation of annotation and processing techniques for MWEs and
   - Retrospective comparative analyses from the PARSEME shared tasks on
   automatic identification of MWEs

Note that, with the intention to also perpetuate previous converging
effects with the Construction Grammar community (see the LAW-MWE-CxG 2018
workshop <http://multiword.sourceforge.net/lawmwecxg2018/>), we extend the
traditional MWE scope to include grammatical constructions.

Submission modalities

There are two tracks:

   - Regular *research track*, where the submissions must be substantially
   - *Dissemination track*, which welcomes recent previously published work
   (or work accepted for publication), dedicated explicitly both to MWEs and
   WordNet.   This will be presented to encourage discussion, but only the
   abstract will appear in the proceedings.

The *regular research track* submissions should follow one of the 2 formats:

   - *Long papers* (8 content pages + references): Long papers should
   report on solid and finished research including new experimental results,
   resources and/or techniques.
   - *Short papers* (4 content pages + references): Short papers should
   report on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing research,
   negative results and/or philosophical discussion.

The decisions as to oral or poster presentations of the selected papers
will be taken by the PC chairs. No distinction between papers presented
orally and as posters is made in the workshop proceedings. There is no
limit on the number of reference pages. Authors will be granted an *extra
page* for the final version of their papers. The submission will be
*double-blind*, as understood by the ACL 2019 submission policy. The
reported research should be substantially original. Papers available as
preprints can also be submitted provided that they fulfil the conditions
defined by the new ACL Policies for Submission, Review and Citation
For both types of submissions in this track, the ACL 2019 templates should
be used.

The *dissemination track* submissions are not anonymous, and they should
not exceed one page, including the authors' names and affiliations, the
mention of the original venue, the link to the original paper and a short
explanation why the paper is relevant to MWEs and Wordnets workshop. If the
original paper is not publicly available, it should also be submitted in a
separate .pdf file but it does not have to follow the ACL 2019 template.

All papers should be submitted via the START space which will be announced
in the future calls.

Please choose the appropriate track (research/dissemination) and for
research papers the submission modality (long/short).

Important dates

We follow the the *ACL 2019 workshop schedule*:

   - Apr 26, 2019      Paper Submission due
   - May 24, 2019      Notification of Acceptance
   - Jun 3, 2019          Camera-ready papers due
   - Aug 2, 2019         Workshop Dates

Workshop Organizers

·         Agata Savary <http://www.info.univ-tours.fr/~savary/>, Université
François Rabelais Tours (France)

·         Carla Parra Escartín
<https://sites.google.com/site/carlaparraescartin/>, ADAPT Centre / Dublin
City University (Ireland)

·         Francis Bond <http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/home/fcbond/>, Nanyang
Technological University (Singapore)

·         Jelena Mitrović <https://bit.ly/2NhL2lz>, University of Passau

·         Verginica Barbu Mititelu
Romanian Academy Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Romania)

The organizers will also chair the program committee.  The full committee
is shown on http://multiword.sourceforge.net/mwewn2019/.


For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to
mwewn2019 at gmail.com

Anti-harassment policy

The workshop supports the ACL anti-harassment policy

Dr. Jelena Mitrović
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik
Universität Passau / ITZ / Raum 114
Innstr. 43
94032 Passau
+49 851 509 3395

jelena.mitrovic at uni-passau.de
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