[Elsnet-list] Final CFP: Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities

Caroline Sporleder csporled at coli.uni-sb.de
Mon Jul 25 11:33:23 CEST 2011


 	    Workshop on
         Annotation of Corpora
     for Research in the Humanities

            January 5, 2012
 	 Heidelberg, Germany

    Submission deadline: September 22, 2011

The workshop on "Annotation of corpora for research in the Humanities" 
will be held on January 5, 2012 at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) 
Submissions are invited for papers, posters and demonstrations presenting 
high quality, previously unpublished research on the topics described 
below. Contributions should focus on results from completed as well as 
ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, 
and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or 
computational. Proceedings will be published as a special issue of the 
'Journal for Language Technology and Computational Linguistics' (JLCL: 
http://www.jlcl.org/). Publication will be online only.
The workshop will be co-located with the Tenth International Workshop on 
Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT10), which will be held on January 
6-7, 2012 (http://tlt10.cl.uni-heidelberg.de).

Motivation and Aims
The workshop aims at building a tighter collaboration between people 
working in various areas of the Humanities (such as literature, philology, 
history etc.) and the research community involved in developing, using and 
making accessible annotated corpora.
Addressing topics related to annotated corpora for research in the 
Humanities is an interdisciplinary task, which involves corpus and 
computational linguists (mostly those working in literary computing), 
philologists, scholars in the Humanities and computer scientists. However, 
this interdisciplinarity is not fully realised yet. Indeed, philologists 
and scholars are not used to exploit NLP tools and language resources such 
as annotated corpora; in turn, computational linguists are more prone to 
develop language resources for NLP purposes only.
For instance, although many corpora that play a relevant role for research 
in Humanities are today available in digital format (theatrical plays, 
contemporary novels, critical literature, literary reviews etc.), only a 
few of them are linguistically tagged, while most still lack linguistic 
tagging at all. Historical corpora are also a case of special interest, 
since their creation demands a strong interplay between computational 
linguistics and more traditional scholarship. Over the past few years a 
number of historical annotated corpora have been started, among which are 
treebanks for Middle, Early Modern and Old English, Early New High German, 
Medieval Portuguese, Ugaritic, Latin, Ancient Greek and several 
translations of the New Testament into Indo-European languages. The 
experience of these ever-growing group of projects can provide many 
suggestions on the methodology as well as on the practice of interaction 
between literary studies, philology and corpus linguistics.
Moreover, we believe that a tighter collaboration between people working 
in the Humanities and the research community involved in developing 
annotated corpora is needed since, while annotating a corpus from scratch 
still remains a labor-intensive and time-consuming task, today this is 
simplified by intensively exploiting prior experience in the field.

To overcome the above mentioned issues, the workshop aims at covering a 
wide range of topics related to the annotation of corpora for research in 
the Humanities.
The topics to be addressed in the workshop include (but are not limited 
to) the following:
* specific issues related to the annotation of corpora for research in the 
* annotated corpora as a basis for research in the Humanities
* diachronic, historical and literary annotated corpora
* use of annotated corpora for stylometrics and authorship attribution
* philological issues, like different readings, textual variants, 
apparatus, non-standard orthography and spelling variation
* annotation principles and schemes of corpora for research in the 
* adaptation of NLP tools for older language varieties.
Specific features of tools for accessing and retrieving annotated corpora 
to address various research topics in the Humanities

Invited Speaker
Gregory Crane (Tufts University, Boston, USA).

Important Dates
Deadlines: always midnight, UTC ('Coordinated Universal Time'), ignoring 
DST ('Daylight Saving Time'):
Deadline for paper submission: September 22, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 28, 2011
Final version of paper for workshop proceedings: November 18, 2011
Workshop: January 5, 2012

Instructions for Submission
We invite the submission of full papers describing original, unpublished 
research related to the topics of the workshop. Papers should not exceed 
12 pages.
The language of the workshop is English, and all papers should also be 
submitted in well-checked English.
Papers should be submitted in PDF format only. Submissions have to be made 
via the EasyChair page of the workshop at: 
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acrh2012. Please first 
register at EasyChair if you do not have an EasyChair account.
The style guidelines follow the specifications required by JLCL. They can 
be found here: 
Please note that as reviewing will be double-blind, the papers should not 
include the authors' names and affiliations or any references to 
web-sites, project names etc. revealing the authors' identity. 
Furthermore, any self-reference should be avoided. For instance, instead 
of "We previously showed (Brown, 2001)...", use citations such as "Brown 
previously showed (Brown, 2001)...". Each submitted paper will be reviewed 
by three members of the program committee.
Submitted papers can be for oral or poster presentations. There is no 
difference between the different kinds of presentation both in terms of 
reviewing process and publication in the proceedings.

Oral Presentation
The oral presentations at the workshop will be 30 minutes long (25 minutes 
for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion).

Programme Committee Chairs
Francesco Mambrini (Tufts University, Boston; Univ. Cattolica del Sacro 
Cuore, Milan, Italy)
Marco Passarotti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)
Caroline Sporleder (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany)

Programme Committee Members
Lars Borin, Sweden
Milena Dobreva, Scotland
Anette Frank, Germany
Jost Gippert, Germany
Erhard Hinrichs, Germany
Anke Luedeling, Germany
Willard McCarty, UK
Alexander Mehler, Germany
Adam Przepiórkowski, Poland
Paul Rayson, UK
Roman Schneider, Germany
Raymond Siemens, Canada
Manfred Stede, Germany
Angelika Storrer, Germany
Martin Volk, Switzerland

Local Organization
Anette Frank
Markus Kirschner
Christoph Mayer
Madeline Remse
Corinna Schwarz
Anke Sopka
(All at Heidelberg University)

Caroline Sporleder
Cluster of Excellence MMCI / Computational Linguistics
Saarland University
csporled at coli.uni-sb.de

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