[Elsnet-list] CogALEX-III (2nd Call for Proposals)

Michael Zock Michael.Zock at lif.univ-mrs.fr
Tue Sep 25 14:54:46 CEST 2012

Subject: CFP for CogALex-3 (Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon), 
post-COLING workshop

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2nd Call for Papers

3rd Workshop on "Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon" (CogALex)

Post-conference workshop at COLING 2012
(December 15, Mumbai, India)

Submission deadline: October 15, 2012

Invited speaker: Alain Polguère (Université de Lorraine & ATILF CNRS, 




The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers involved in 
the construction and application of electronic dictionaries to discuss 
modifications of existing resources in line with the users' needs, 
thereby fully exploiting the advantages of the digital form. Given the 
breadth of the questions, we welcome reports on work from many 
perspectives, including but not limited to: computational lexicography, 
psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, language learning and ergonomics.


The way we look at dictionaries, their creation and use, has changed 
dramatically over the past 30 years. (1) While being considered as an 
appendix to grammar in the past, they have in the meantime moved to 
centre stage. Indeed, there is hardly any task in NLP which can be 
conducted without them. (2) Also, many lexicographers work nowadays with 
huge digital corpora, using language technology to build and to maintain 
the lexicon. (3) Last, but not least, rather than being static entities 
(data-base view), dictionaries are now viewed as graphs, whose nodes and 
links (connection strengths) may change over time. Interestingly, 
properties concerning topology, clustering and evolution known from 
other disciplines (society, economy, human brain) also apply to 
dictionaries: everything is linked, hence accessible, and everything is 
evolving. Given these similarities, one may wonder what we can learn 
from these disciplines.

In this 3rd edition of the CogALex workshop we therefore intend to also 
invite scientists working in these fields, our goals being to broaden 
the picture, i.e. to gain a better understanding concerning the mental 
lexicon and to integrate these findings into our dictionaries in order 
to support navigation. Given recent advances in neurosciences, it 
appears timely to seek inspiration from neuroscientists studying the 
human brain. There is also a lot to be learned from other fields 
studying graphs and networks, even if their object of study is something 
else than language, for example biology, economy or society.


This workshop is about possible enhancements of existing electronic 
dictionaries. To perform the groundwork for the next generation of 
electronic dictionaries we invite researchers involved in the building 
of such dictionaries. The idea is to discuss modifications of existing 
resources by taking the users' needs and knowledge states into account, 
and to capitalize on the advantages of the digital media. For this 
workshop we invite papers including but not limited to the following 
topics which can be considered from various points of view: linguistics, 
neuro- or psycholinguistics (associations, tip-of-the-tongue problem), 
network-related sciences (complex graphs, network topology, small-world 
problem), etc.

1) Analysis of the conceptual input of a dictionary user

- What does a language producer start from (bag of words)?
- What is in the authors' minds when they are generating a message and 
looking for a word?
- What does it take to bridge the gap between this input and the desired 
output (target word)?

2) The meaning of words

- Lexical representation (holistic, decomposed)
- Meaning representation (concept based, primitives)
- Revelation of hidden information (vector-based approaches: LSA/HAL)
- Neural models, neurosemantics, neurocomputational theories of content 

3) Structure of the lexicon

- Discovering structures in the lexicon: formal and semantic point of 
view (clustering, topical structure)
- Creative ways of getting access to and using word associations
- Evolution, i.e. dynamic aspects of the lexicon (changes of weights)
- Neural models of the mental lexicon (distribution of information 
concerning words, organisation of the mental lexicon)

4) Methods for crafting dictionaries or indexes

- Manual, automatic or collaborative building of dictionaries and 
indexes (distributional semantics, crowd-sourcing, serious games, etc.)
- Impact and use of social networks (Facebook, Twitter) for building 
dictionaries, for organizing and indexing the data (clustering of 
words), and for allowing to track navigational strategies, etc.
- (Semi-) automatic induction of the link type (e.g. synonym, hypernym, 
meronym, association, collocation, ...)
- Use of corpora and patterns (data-mining) for getting access to words, 
their uses, and combinations (associations)

5) Dictionary access (navigation and search strategies), interface issues

- Semantic-based search
- Search (simple query vs multiple words)
- Context-dependent search (modification of usersí goals during search)
- Recovery
- Navigation (frequent navigational patterns or search strategies used 
by people)
- Interface problems, data-visualisation


- Deadline for paper submissions: October 15, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: November 5, 2012
- Camera-ready papers due: November 15, 2012
- Workshop date: December 15, 2012


see: http://pageperso.lif.univ-mrs.fr/~michael.zock/cogalex-3.html


Alain Polguère (Université de Lorraine & ATILF CNRS, France)


* Barbu, Eduard (Universidad de Jaén, Spain)
* Barrat, Alain (Centre de physique théorique, CNRS & Aix-Marseille 
* Bilac, Slaven (Google Tokyo, Japan)
* Bel Enguix, Gemma (LIF, Aix-Marseille University, France)
* Bouillon, Pierrette (TIM, Faculty of Translation and Interpretating, 
Geneva, Switzerland)
* Cook, Paul (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
* Cristea, Dan (University of Iasi, Romania)
* Fairon, Cedrick (CENTAL, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
* Fazly, Afsaneh (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Fellbaum, Christiane (University of Princeton, USA)
* Ferret, Olivier (CEA LIST, Palaiseau, France)
* Fontenelle, Thierry (Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European 
Union, Luxemburg)
* Granger, Sylviane (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
* Grefenstette, Gregory (3DS Exalead, Paris, France)
* Hansen-Schirra, Silvia (University of Mainz, FTSK, Germany)
* Heid, Ulrich (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
* Hirst, Graeme (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Hovy, Ed (ISI, Los Angeles, USA)
* Joyce, Terry (Tama University, Kanagawa-ken, Japan)
* Kwong, Olivia (City University of Hong Kong, China)
* L'Homme, Marie Claude (OLST, University of Montreal, Canada)
* Lapalme, Guy (RALI, University of Montreal, Canada)
* Mititelu, Verginica (RACAI, Bucharest, Romania)
* Pirrelli, Vito (ILC, Pisa, Italy)
* Polguère, Alain (Université de Lorraine & ATILF CNRS, France)
* Rapp, Reinhard (University of Leeds, UK)
* Ruette, Tom (KU Leuven, Belgium)
* Schwab, Didier (LIG, Grenoble, France)
* Serasset, Gilles (IMAG, Grenoble, France)
* Sharoff, Serge (University of Leeds, UK)
* Sinopalnikova, Anna (FIT, BUT, Brno, Czech Republic)
* Sowa, John (VivoMind Research, LLC, USA)
* Tiberius, Carole (Institute for Dutch Lexicology, The Netherlands)
* Tokunaga, Takenobu (TITECH, Tokyo, Japan)
* Tufis, Dan (RACAI, Bucharest, Romania)
* Valitutti, Alessandro (University of Helsinki and HIIT, Finland)
* Vossen, Piek (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
* Wehrli, Eric (LATL, University of Geneva, Switzerland)
* Zock, Michael (LIF, CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, France)
* Zweigenbaum, Pierre (LIMSI - CNRS, Orsay & ERTIM - INALCO, Paris, France)


Michael Zock (LIF-CNRS, Marseille, France), michael.zock AT lif.univ-mrs.fr
Reinhard Rapp (University of Leeds, UK), reinhardrapp AT gmx.de

For more details see:

Michael ZOCK
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