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WME 2010 : COLING 2010 Workshop on Multiword Expressions


When Aug 21, 2010 - Aug 28, 2010
Where Beijing, China
Submission Deadline May 30, 2010
Notification Due Jun 30, 2010
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

First Call for Paper Submissions

Workshop on Multiword Expressions:
from Theory to Applications (MWE 2010)

endorsed by the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (SIGLEX)
Beijing, China

Submission deadline: May 30, 2010

Multiword Expressions (MWEs) are a ubiquitous component of natural
languages and appear steadily on a daily basis, both in specialized
and in general-purpose communication. While easily mastered by
native speakers, their interpretation poses a major challenge for
automated analysis due to their flexible and heterogeneous nature.
Therefore, the automated processing of MWEs is desirable for any
natural language application that involves some degree of semantic
interpretation, e.g., Machine Translation, Information Extraction,
and Question Answering.

In spite of the recent advances in the field, there is a wide range
of open problems that prevent MWE treatment techniques from full
integration in current NLP systems. In MWE'2010, we will be
interested in major challenges in the overall process of MWE
treatment, asking for original research related but not limited to
the following topics:

* MWE resources: Although underused in most current state-of-the-art
approaches, resources are key for developing real-world
applications capable of interpreting MWEs. We call for papers
describing the process of building MWE resources, constructed
both manually and automatically from text corpora; we are also
interested in assessing the usability of such resources in
various MWE tasks.

* Hybrid approaches: We invite research on integrating heterogeneous
MWE treatment techniques and resources in NLP applications. Such
hybrid approaches can aim, for example, at the combination of
results from symbolic and statistical approaches, at the fusion
of manually built and automatically extracted resources, or at
the design of language learning techniques.

* Domain adaptation: Real-world NLP applications need to be robust
to deal with texts coming from different domains. We thus call
for papers assessing the performance of MWE methods across
domains or describing domain adaptation techniques for MWEs.

* Multilingualism: Parallel and comparable corpora are gaining
popularity as a resource for automatic MWE discovery and
treatment. We are also interested in the integration of MWE
processing in multilingual applications such as machine
translation and multi-lingual information retrieval, as well as
in porting existing monolingual MWE approaches to new languages.


We invite submissions of original and unpublished work as full
papers. All submissions must follow the COLING 2010 formatting
requirements (available soon at

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information
should be included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided
as well. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be
rejected without review. Accepted papers will appear in the workshop
proceedings and will be presented orally.


May 30, 2010: Paper submission deadline
Jun 30, 2010: Notification of acceptance
Aug 21-22 or Aug 28, 2010: Workshop (exact date to be determined)


Inaki Alegria (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
Dimitra Anastasiou (Limerick University, Ireland)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Colin Bannard (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Francis Bond (Nanyang Technological University , Singapore)
Paul Cook (University of Toronto, Canada)
Beatrice Daille (Nantes University, France)
Gael Dias (Beira Interior University, Portugal)
Stefan Evert (University of Osnabrueck, Germany)
Roxana Girju (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Nicole Gregoire (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Chikara Hashimoto (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)
Marti Hearst (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
Ulrich Heid (Stuttgart University, Germany)
Kyo Kageura (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Min-Yen Kan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing Ltd, UK)
Su Nam Kim (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK)
Brigitte Krenn (Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria)
Cvetana Krstev (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Begona Villada Moiron (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Rosamund Moon (University of Birmingham, UK)
Jan Odijk (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Stephan Oepen (Stanford University, USA and University of Oslo, Norway)
Darren Pearce (London Knowledge Lab, UK)
Pavel Pecina (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Scott Piao (Lancaster University, UK)
Thierry Poibeau (Universite Paris-Nord, France)
Elisabete Ranchhod (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Barbara Rosario (Inter Research, USA)
Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha (University of Cambridge, UK)
Violeta Seretan (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Stan Szpakowicz (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Beata Trawinski (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
Vivian Tsang (Bloorview Research Institute, Canada)
Kyioko Uchiyama (Keio University, Japan)
Ruben Urizar (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
Tony Veale (University College Dublin, Ireland)


Eric Laporte (Universite Paris-Est, France)
Preslav Nakov (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Carlos Ramisch (University of Grenoble, France)
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an e-mail to mwe2010workshop at

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