[Elsnet-list] Call for papers: ACL 2012 Workshop on Detecting Structure in Scholarly Discourse, DSSD2012

Sandor, Agnes Agnes.Sandor at xrce.xerox.com
Mon Nov 28 11:44:25 CET 2011

ACL 2012 Workshop on

Detecting Structure in Scholarly Discourse, DSSD2012

Web: http://www.nactem.ac.uk/dssd/index.php
July 12, 2012
International Convention Center Jeju
Republic of Korea
Submission deadline: March 11, 2012

The detection of discourse structure in scientific documents is 
important for a number of tasks, including biocuration efforts, text 
summarization, error correction, information extraction and the creation 
of enriched formats for scientific publishing. Currently, many parallel 
efforts exist to detect a range of discourse elements at different 
levels of granularity and for different purposes. Discourse elements 
detected include the statement of facts, claims and hypotheses, the 
identification of methods and protocols, and as the differentiation 
between new and existing work. In medical texts, efforts are underway to 
automatically identify prescription and treatment guidelines, patient 
characteristics, and to annotate research data. Ambitious long-term 
goals include the modeling of argumentation and rhetorical structure and 
more recently narrative structure, by recognizing ‘motifs’ inspired by 
folktale analysis.

A rich variety of feature classes is used to identify discourse 
elements, including verb tense/mood/voice, semantic verb class, 
speculative language or negation, various classes of stance markers, 
text-structural components, or the location of references. These 
features are motivated by linguistic inquiry into the detection of 
subjectivity, opinion, entailment, inference, but also author stance and 
author disagreement, motif and focus.

The goal of the 2012 workshop “Detecting Structure in Scholarly 
Discourse” is to discuss and compare the techniques and principles 
applied in these various approaches, to consider ways in which they can 
complement each other, and to initiate collaborations to develop 
standards for annotating appropriate levels of discourse, with enhanced 
accuracy and usefulness.

We are inviting submissions of long papers describing original research 
work that span the range from theory to application, including research 
on and the practice of manual and automated annotation systems, and 
discuss questions like the following:
• What correlations can be demonstrated among document structure, 
argumentation and rhetorical functions?
• What are the text linguistic and philosophical motivations 
underpinning current efforts to identify discourse structure? Are the 
assumptions made by current text processing tools supported by discourse 
linguistic research; are there unused opportunities for fruitful 
• Can we port parallel efforts from neighboring fields, such as motifs 
in folktale research, to annotate and detect narrative structures?
• Which discourse annotation schemes are the most portable? Can they be 
applied to both full papers and abstracts? Can they be applied to texts 
in different domains and different genres (research papers, reviews, 
patents, etc)?
• How can we compare annotations, and how can we decide which features, 
approaches or techniques work best? What are the most topical use cases? 
How can we evaluate performance and what are the most appropriate tasks?
• What corpora are currently available for comparing and contrasting 
discourse annotation, and how can we improve and increase these?
• How applicable are discourse annotation efforts for improving methods 
of publishing, detecting and correcting authors’ errors at the discourse 
level, or summarizing scholarly text? How close are we to implementing 
them at a production scale?

Important Dates

March 11, 2012 submission deadline
April 15, 2012 notification of acceptance
April 30, 2012 camera-ready paper
July 12, 2012 workshop

Submission guidelines:

Please use ACL style files listed in http://www.acl2012.org/call/sub01.asp
Authors are requested to submit their abstracts at: 

The accepted papers will be published in the DSSD2012 Workshop Proceedings

Organizing Committee:

Sophia Ananiadou, National Centre for Text Mining and University of 
Antal van den Bosch, Radboud University Nijmegen
Ágnes Sándor, Xerox Research Europe, Grenoble
Hagit Shatkay, University of Delaware
Anita de Waard, Elsevier Labs/Utrecht University

Contact: Anita de Waard, Disruptive Technology Director, Elsevier Labs
a.dewaard AT elsevier.com

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