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wDE-RANLP 2009 : 1st Workshop on Definition Extraction


When Sep 18, 2009 - Sep 18, 2009
Where Borovets, Bulgaria
Submission Deadline Jun 5, 2009
Notification Due Jul 20, 2009
Final Version Due Aug 24, 2009
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

1st Call for papers

September 18, 2009
Borovets, Bulgaria


Nowadays, the automatic extraction of definitions from textual data is a common task in different domains of Natural Language Processing. Briefly, we can sketch two main research directions:

-The use of Definition Extraction (DE) as a methodological resource in areas such as Computational Semantic, Information Extraction, Text Mining, Ontologies, WEB Semantics or E-Learning.
-The conception of DE as a self-challenging task, particularity in Computational Lexicography and Terminology, toward the design and implementation of electronic resources such as lexical knowledge bases, machine-readable dictionaries, terminological databases, thesauri. Such resources can be monolingual or multilingual.

However, in contrast to the generalised use of DE in multiple domains, there is no specific forum for sharing information about methodologies, tools, evaluation techniques or applications related directly with DE.

We propose this 1st Workshop on Definition Extraction as such an exchange forum, with the hope that this workshop could become an academic space to share and assess new methodologies, tools and techniques, in the spirit of promoting the DE as a consolidated research area.


This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss, both theoretical and practical views in DE. The following are examples of topics that are relevant, but not exclusive, for the workshop:
• Discussions, analysis, positions around the state of art on DE.
• Concrete uses of resources obtained from DE in scientific or technical areas.
• Original methodologies considering the use of symbolic and/or statistical methods for the recognition and extraction of possible candidates of textual definitions.
• Comparisons between DE from structured (such as Wikipedia) and unstructured textual data.
• Development of computational tools for extracting definitions from large corpora.
• Concrete applications of DE within larger projects in Language Learning, Automated Reasoning, Text Mining, etc.
• DE in multilingual environment.

Lexicographers, terminographers, linguists, computational linguists, NLP community and those people interested in DE field.


1 Invited speaker (to be determined)
8-10 papers
4-5 software demonstrations


The official language of the conference is English.


-Submission process will be independent for RANLP-2009: papers should be submitted to the e-mail address
-However, all submissions should follow RANLP-2009 papers format (no longer than 7 pages, including cover page, figures, tables and references).
-We also encourage the submission of demos, which should be no longer than 5 pages.
-RANLP-2009 templates could be found in the following link.
-Papers will be reviewed using a blind peer review process by at least two members of the program committee.
-At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop, and all workshop participants must pay the RANLP-2009 workshop registration fee.


Teresa Cabré (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Patrick Drouin (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Thierry Fontenelle (Microsoft Corporation, USA)
Adam Kilgarriff (University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
John McNaught (National Center for Text Mining, United Kingdom)
Veronique Malaisé (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands)
Alfonso Medina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)
Paola Monachesi (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
María Pozzi (El Colegio de México, Mexico)
Paolo Rosso (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain)
Juan Manuel Torres (Université d'Avignon, France)


-Paper submission deadline: 5 June 2009.
-Acceptance or rejection notification: 20 July 2009.
-Camera ready: 24 August 2009.
-Workshop: September 18, 2009.


César Aguilar (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico)
Rodrigo Alarcón (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)
Carme Bach (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Héctor Jiménez (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)

Gerardo Sierra (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)
Caroline Barrière (Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council of Canada)

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