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LRE-WNR 2011 : Language Resources and Evaluation special issue on wordnets and relations


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Submission Deadline May 31, 2011
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Call For Papers

"Language Resources and Evaluation", special issue on wordnets and relations

Call for papers

The building of wordnets, a world-wide preoccupation now, comes with the
inevitable fragmentation of effort, and with multiplicity of methods and
underlying theories. It is not enough merely to translate WordNet
( Customization is required. Some teams have decided
to steer altogether clear of this largest wordnet, so as better to reflect
all the specificity of language structures and of culture. The Global
Wordnet Grid ( is a still-rare
attempt to bring some order into the fast-growing thicket of incompatible

Among the defining properties of a wordnet, perhaps the most central are the
lexical-semantic relations which make up the net. Hypernymy and hyponymy are
the backbone. Synonymy and antonymy are the cornerstone. In WordNet, there
are four types each of meronymy and holonymy. Beyond that, WordNet has only
a handful of relations.

The community has put a good deal of effort into adding instances to wordnet
relations, notably to hypernymy and (to a lower degree) meronymy. Very
seldom, however, do people question the relation list itself or evaluate
relations on the basis of the data collected. Yet this is precisely what
distinguishes wordnets, and -- more important -- languages which such
wordnets are meant to model. There is an urgent need to assemble a body of
research results, not absent thus far but not organized in a systematic
manner either.

This is a call for papers to a special issue of the journal "Language
Resources and Evaluation" , to appear early in 2012. It will group together
work on wordnet and relations. The following topics will be of particular
a) lexico-semantic relations in linguistics and in wordnets,
b) wordnet versus other types of thesauri, and relations therein,
c) the lexicographic theories and practices versus wordnet-creation
d) mono-lingual and multi-lingual considerations in the creation of a
e) the issues around translating a wordnet into another language,
f) comparing wordnets for one language and between languages from the
standpoint of relation sets,
g) automatic extraction of lexical semantic relations and the role of large
corpora in practical wordnet development,
h) evaluation of lexico-semantic relations in wordnets -- consistency,
coverage, relevance for applications.

Papers supported by rich practical experience in large-scale wordnet
development will be especially welcome: neat theories often fray at the adges
when confronted with rich language data.

We invite original contributions, not published before and not under
consideration for publication elsewhere. Each paper will be reviewed by two
readers appointed by the journal's editors and two appointed by guest
editors. After the initial review phase, the authors of accepted papers will
have an opportunity to look at all sucessful submissions in order to extend
their papers with elements of discussion and to cross-reference all
contributions accordingly.

Important dates
call for papers broadcast by October 31, 2010;
submissions due by May 31, 2011;
reviews to authors by September 30, 2011;
revisions of accepted papers due by November 30, 2011;
(in parallel) discussion between the authors of accepted papers till November 30, 2011;
final editorial decisions by December 31, 2011.

Reviewers for the special issue
Irina Azarova, Saint-Petersburg University
Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology
Francis Bond, Nanyang Technological University
Sonja Bosch, University of South Africa
Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg
Helge Dyvik, University of Bergen
Darja Fiser, University of Ljubljana
Chu-Ren Huang, Academia Sinica
Hitoshi Isahara, Toyohashi University of Technology
Kyoko Kanzaki, National Institute of Information and Communications
Svetla Koeva, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Judit Kuti, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Lothar Lemnitzer, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
Bernardo Magnini, FBK
Palmira Marrafa, University of Lisbon
Karel Pala, Masaryk University
Adam Pease, Articulate Software
Marko Tadic, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy
Tamas Varadi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Piek Vossen, VU University Amsterdam

Guest editors
Bolette Sandford Pedersen, University of Copenhagen
Maciej Piasecki, Wroclaw University of Technology
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

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