[Elsnet-list] CFP: LREC Workshop on Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology

Ann Devitt Ann.Devitt at cs.tcd.ie
Wed Jan 23 16:54:18 CET 2008

LREC 2008 Workshop on
Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology
(EMOT 2008)
27 May, 2008, Marrakech, Morocco
Submission deadline: 20 February 2008

*Workshop Topics*

Sentiment analysis systems seek to extract emotions and feelings 
expressed about people, organisations, nation states, goods and 
services, in free natural language texts. This interdisciplinary 
workshop will address three related topics in this area:

(a) how metaphor and sentiment interact in everyday communication;

(b) language/conceptual resources properties to support sentiment analysis

(c) evaluation of sentiment analysis programs and evaluation methodologies.

There will be one keynote lecture on each of the three topics followed 
by the presentation of papers related to each of the three topics.

*Workshop Aims*

This workshop will deal with the recent advances in the processing of 
“sentiment” in arbitrary collections of text. Sentiment can be expressed 
about works of art and literature, about the state of financial markets, 
about liking and disliking individuals, organisations, ideologies, and 
consumer goods. It is necessary to examine what aspects of emotional 
experience sentiment analysis aims to capture, how and in what way this 
may be evaluated. This workshop focuses on three strands of research 
which will serve to enhance the development of automated sentiment 
analysis systems of free text for real world applications.

Firstly, in psychology and computational linguistics, the notions of 
emotion and metaphor interact in a number of complex ways. It has been 
argued that conceptual metaphors underlie human understanding and 
processing of emotion. In addition, it can be argued that the expression 
of sentiment and its interpretation can rely critically on how a speaker 
or writer uses metaphor. Therefore, an understanding of how emotion is 
expressed and perceived in language is not complete without addressing 
the role of figurative language and metaphor as basic scaffolding or 
tool for modulating affective text content.

Secondly, to date, sentiment analysis typically deals with a specific 
domain of ‘ideal objects’. In order to build a sentiment analysis 
system, one has to understand ‘what there is’ in a given domain, i.e. 
the ontology of the domain. In this context, is it possible to conceive 
of generic sentiment analysis? Practitioners in this area need to 
examine the requirements and challenges of an approach that could cross 
boundaries of domain or time or even language where different 
communities of use, languages or cultures may express or even experience 
sentiments in different ways.

Finally, work in sentiment analysis may be regarded as work in 
intelligent information retrieval and “success” is evaluated in terms of 
accuracy in identifying the affective content of information segments. 
Yet sentiment analysis has the potential to have a powerful impact in 
other domains that require input about emotional context. Researchers in 
Human-Computer Interaction, Affective Computing, Lexicography and 
Terminography, may become end-users of work in sentiment analysis and 
sentiment analysis folks may have much to learn from how a machine 
artificially “endowed” with emotions/sentiments behaves. It may become 
feasible to evaluate sentiment analysis systems in terms of the 
performance of such applications. An examination of alternative end-user 
systems and evaluation mechanisms can only serve to enrich the field of 
sentiment analysis and present new challenges for researchers to address.

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Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work 
in the topic area of this workshop. Submissions should should not exceed 
8 pages and should be typeset using a font size of 11 points. (Style 
files will be made available by LREC for the camera-ready versions of 
accepted papers.)
The reviewing of the papers will be blind and the papers should not 
include the authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be 
reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. Accepted 
papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Springer has 
expressed an interest in publishing selected papers from the workshop in 
one of its series, we are currently in discussions and will confirm 
details at a later date.
Papers should be submitted electronically, no later than February 20, 
2008. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. 
Details about the submission procedure will be published on the workshop 
webpage (https://www.cs.tcd.ie/Khurshid.Ahmad/lrec-emot08.html) closer 
to the time.

*Important Dates*
20 February - Deadline for workshop papers
21 March - Notification of acceptance
4 April - Camera-ready papers due
27 May - Workshop held at LREC 2008

*Programme Committee*
Khurshid Ahmad, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Workshop Chair)
Gerhard Budin, Zentrum für Translationswissenschaft, Universität Wien, 
Ann Devitt, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland,
Sam Glucksberg, Princeton University, USA
Gerhard Heyer, Institut für Informatik, Universität Leipzig, Germany
Maria Teresa Musacchio, Università di Padova, Italy
Margaret Rogers, University of Surrey, U.K.
Carl Vogel, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, U.K.
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*Further Information*
Workshop web page: https://www.cs.tcd.ie/Khurshid.Ahmad/lrec-emot08.html
LREC 2008 web page: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/

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