[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers: EACL 2006 Workshop Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions

Beata Trawinski trawinski at sfs.uni-tuebingen.de
Wed Nov 2 17:52:57 CET 2005

                      EACL 2006 Workshop

           Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions

             April 3rd, 2006, Trento, Italy


The EACL 2006 Workshop Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions will be
hosted in conjunction with the 11th Conference of the European Chapter 
of the Association for Computational Linguistics on April 3, 2006, in 
Trento, Italy.


Prepositions have received a considerable amount of attention in recent 
years, due to their importance in computational tasks. For instance, in 
NLP, PP attachment ambiguities have attracted a lot of attention, and 
different machine learning techniques have been employed with varying 
degrees of success.  Researchers from various perspectives have also 
looked at spatial or temporal aspects of prepositions, and their 
cross-linguistic differences, monolingual and cross-linguistic contrasts 
or the role of prepositions in syntactic alternations.  Moreover, in 
languages like English and German, phrasal verbs have also been the 
subject of considerable effort, ranging from techniques for their 
automatic extraction from corpora, to methods for the determination of 
their semantics. In other languages, like Romance languages or Hindi, 
the focus has been either on the incorporation of the preposition or
its inclusion in the prepositional phrase. All these configurations are 
of much interest semantically as well as syntactically.


Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Descriptions:

prepositions in lexical resources (WordNet, Framenet), productive versus 
collocation uses, multilingual descriptions (mismatches, incorporation, 
divergences), prepositions and thematic roles.

- Applications:

dealing with prepositions in applications e.g. for Machine Translation, 
Information extraction or Language Generation.

- Representation of Prepositions:

prepositions in knowledge bases, cognitive or logic-based formalisms for 
the description of the semantics of prepositions (in isolation, and in 
composition/confrontation with the verb and the NP), compositional 
semantics; implications for AI and KR.

- Prepositions in reasoning procedures:

how different kinds of preposition provide distinct challenges to a 
reasoning system and how they can be handled.

- Cognitive dimensions of prepositions:

how different kinds of prepositions are 
acquired/interpreted/represented, in terms of human and/or computational 


Authors are invited to submit either full papers or short papers on 
original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop.  Full 
papers should be up to 8 pages in length; they should emphasize 
completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly 
the state of completion of the reported results.  Wherever appropriate, 
concrete evaluation results should be included.  Short papers should be 
up to 6 pages in length; they can describe work in progress rather than 
completed work, or smaller-scale implementation/experimentation. 
Presentations for short papers will be proportionately shorter than 
presentations for full papers.  Submissions will be judged on 
correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and
relevance to the workshop, and interest to the attendees.

Submissions should be formatted using the EACL 2006 stylefiles without 
overt author and affiliation information and not exceeding 8 pages.  The 
EACL 2006 stylefiles are available from 

Please send your paper in PDF format no later than January 6, 2006, to

   prep-eacl2006 at unimelb.edu.au

clearly indicating whether the submission is a full or short paper.

Each submission will be reviewed at least by two members of the 
programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop 

Dual submissions to the main EACL 2006 conference and this workshop are
allowed, although you must make sure to indicate this in your 
submission.  If your paper is accepted for the main conference, you 
should withdraw your paper from the workshop immediately upon notification.


Information on registration and registration fees will be provided on 
the EACL 2006 conference web page.


January 6, 2006   - Deadline for workshop papers
January 27, 2006  - Notification of acceptance
February 10, 2006 - Camera-ready papers due
April 3, 2006     - The workshop

As the schedule is extremely tight, there is no scope for a deadline 


- Boban Arsenijevic (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
- Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
- Beata Trawinski (University of Tübingen, Germany)


- Boban Arsenijevic (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
- Doug Arnold (University of Essex, UK)
- Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
- John Beavers (Stanford University, USA)
- Bob Borsley (University of Essex, UK)
- Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy)
- Ann Copestake (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Markus Egg (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
- Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
- Anette Frank (DFKI, Germany)
- Julia Hockenmaier (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
- Tracy Holloway King (PARC, USA)
- Valia Kordoni (Saarland University, Germany)
- Ken Litkowski (CL Research, USA)
- Alda Mari (CNRS / ENST Infres, France)
- Paola Merlo (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
- Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
- Patrick Saint Dizier (IRIT, France)
- Beata Trawinski (University of Tübingen, Germany)
- Jesse Tseng (Loria, France)
- Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
- Martin Volk (Stockholms Universitet, Sweden)
- Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

[other members pending confirmation]


Workshop web page


Conference web page


EACL 2006 Workshops site



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