[Elsnet-list] 2nd CFP: Workshop on Building Frame Semantics Resources for Scandinavian and Baltic Languages

Pierre Nugues Pierre.Nugues at cs.lth.se
Fri Feb 9 10:47:47 CET 2007

Apologies for cross-postings.

             ********SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS*******

     Workshop on Building Frame Semantics Resources for
             Scandinavian and Baltic Languages

   **held in conjunction with the NODALIDA 2007 Conference**


Date: Thursday 24 May 2007
Location: University of Tartu, Estonia
Part of the NODALIDA 2007, the 16th Nordic Conference of  
Computational Linguistics
Workshop web page: http://nlp.cs.lth.se/frame2007/
Conference web page: http://math.ut.ee/nodalida2007/

Annotated data with role-semantic information are becoming an ever  
more important resource for many semantic systems. They form the core  
element to develop large coverage, high-performance, and reusable  
semantic parsers, classifiers as well as applications that include  
lexicography, term and information extraction, semantic processing of  
the web, text-to-scene conversion systems, etc.

Existing examples of role annotated corpora/resources include for  
English: FrameNet, PropBank, and VerbNet, for German: Salsa, and for  
Spanish: Spanish FrameNet. However, the two main initiatives outside  
English take FrameNet as a semantic pivot and attempt to derive or  
adapt frames to the target language using manual work or  
semiautomatic systems.

As frequently observed, the itemization of frames and lexical units  
and their manual annotation in a corpus is an expensive task that  
requires a relatively long-term and dedicated commitment. Such an  
effort is currently beyond the reach of most research teams in the  
Nordic area, which could impair the quality, and possibly the  
existence, of future semantic applications in these languages. This  
makes the construction of a role-semantic annotated corpus and the  
design of automatic or semi-automatic transfer methods a challenge as  
well as an opportunity.

This workshop intends to be a forum for the research community to  
review current initiatives and methods as well as ideas to start the  
construction of a role annotated corpus and possibly share it across  
a families of related languages. Topics of interest include (but are  
not limited to):

-- Transfer and adaptation of frames and role annotation from English  
-- Pilot annotation/projection studies
-- Lexical inheritance mechanisms: crosslingual similarities and  
differences, protoframe design, variation and variant annotation
-- Frame alignment and projections from English/German and across  
target languages
-- Transfer of collocations, subcategorization, and grammatical  
functions to role annotation
-- General methods for multilingual corpus alignment and structure  
-- "Upgrade" of existing resources: dependency annotation, small  
corpora, and bootstrapping using nonsemantically annotated data
-- Shared annotation platforms
-- Experience from other initiatives: Salsa, Romance FrameNet
-- Applications of frame semantics
-- Evaluation

Deadline for submitting extended abstract: February 19
Notification of acceptance: March 1
Deadline for submitting final papers, short, max. 4 pages or full,  
max. 8 pages: April 20
Workshop: May 24

Participants are invited to submit a one to two page extended  
abstract of their research or position statements using the NODALIDA  
styles (http://math.ut.ee/nodalida2007/author.html). Submissions must  
include author names, affiliation, and contact address. The workshop  
submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee.

If their abstract is accepted, authors will be invited to submit a  
short paper (max. 4 pages) or a full paper (max. 8 pages) according  
to the authors' own choice that will be published in the workshop  

Submissions are to be sent to frame2007 at cs.lth.se

The workshop will take place in the NODALIDA 2007 conference and will  
include a round table where participants will be able to discuss and  
try to propose an agenda to build frame semantic resources for the  
Scandinavian and Baltic languages. Active participation and/or  
commitments from the presenters or the public to set up this agenda  
will be welcome.

All the people interested in building frame semantic resources as  
well as frame semantic analyzers for the Scandinavian and Baltic  

Pierre Nugues, Lund University, Pierre.Nugues at cs.lth.se
Richard Johansson, Lund University, Richard.Johansson at cs.lth.se

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