[Elsnet-list] CFP - Special Issue of Lingvisticae Investigationes on Named Entities

Elisabete Ranchhod elisabet at label.ist.utl.pt
Mon Jun 12 14:50:47 CEST 2006


                    First Call for Papers

       Named Entities: Recognition, Classification and Use  
         
         Special Issue of Lingvisticae Investigationes



Special issue website:
http://www.linguateca.pt/Forum/SpecialIssueNERLingInv.html



This special topic issue of the journal Lingvisticae Investigationes
is scheduled to come out in early 2008 on the broad topic of Named
Entities. 

The aim is to bring out innovative papers on the issues and advances
in Named Entity recognition, classification and use, and how Named
Entities could be handled more effectively in a variety of NLP
applications.


GUEST EDITORS
-------------
The guest editors for this special issue will be (in alphabetical
order):
 
Elisabete Ranchhod
University of Lisbon
 
Diana Santos
SINTEF ICT

Satoshi Sekine
New York University



BACKGROUND
----------

Since the MUC Conferences about Information Extraction, Named Entity
Recognition and Classification (NERC) is a well-established task in
the NLP community and is regarded as a crucial technology for many NLP
applications. 
The definition of what is a Named Entity (NE), however, still remains
an overt question. NEs include classical classes of proper names
(persons, organizations, geographic locations, geo-political entities)
and numeric expressions (time, currencies, percentages).
However, the correct identification and classification of single and
multiword domain specific expressions (e.g., disease names, biological
agents causing health problems, drugs used in disease treatment)
should be an important issue for a number of NLP applications (IE, MT,
QA, etc.) and dealing with these questions has become part and parcel
of the problems dealt by the NE camp.
Likewise, reference to definite events or entities no longer
referenced as proper names in text, as encompassed by the ACE program,
has long been accepted as part of the NER discipline.


TOPICS
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The guest editors seek papers on original and unpublished research on
all aspects of NE recognition, classification, and use. Special topics
of interest include, but are not limited to: 

   * Real applications that employ NERC technology 
   * Linguistic properties of proper names 
   * Resources (lexicons, grammars, gazetteers, ontologies) for NERC 
   * The relevance of NERC as a subtask in NLP applications (e.g.
question-answering (QA), information retrieval (IR), summarization,
machine translation (MT)) 
   * Evaluation of NERC systems and of the import of NERC in larger
applications 
   * Cross-language issues in named entity research 
   * Philosophical and methodological concerns in NERC 
   * NEs in speech and transcribed speech and other media
   * Tools for rapid development of NERC resources
   * Learning of NERC rules
   * Domain adaptability of NERC systems



GUEST SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE (still in the process of being finalized).
--------------------
Roberto Basili
Eckhard Bick 
Robert Gaizauskas
Dimitrios Kokkinakis  
Elisabete Ranchhod 
Diana Santos 
Satoshi Sekine 
Christa Womser-Hacker

THE JOURNAL
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LI (Lingvisticae Investigationes) is a thirty year old international
journal, founded by Maurice Gross. It is published and distributed by
John Benjamins Publishing Company. See
http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_seriesview.cgi?series=LI or
http://infolingu.univ-mlv.fr/LI/LINGVISTICAEINVESTIGATIONES.html.


SUBMISSION INFORMATION
----------------------

Manuscripts must be submitted in English.

The format for submissions can be found at
http://infolingu.univ-mlv.fr/LI/LINGVISTICAEINVESTIGATIONES.html, more
specifically at Submission.

Paper Submission
Contributions (20 pages maximum) have to be sent by e-mail, in PDF
format, to the three addresses below:
 
Elisabete Ranchhod, elisabete.ranchhod at mail.telepac.pt 
Diana Santos, Diana.Santos at sintef.no 
Satoshi Sekine, sekine at cs.nyu.edu


IMPORTANT DATES
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Deadline for submission: 29/12/2006
Notification to authors: 16/02/2007
Final version of the papers due: 30/03/2007


Special issue website:
http://www.linguateca.pt/Forum/SpecialIssueNERLingInv.html




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