[Elsnet-list] ACL 2014 Workshop on Metaphor in NLP: second call for papers

Ekaterina Shutova katia at icsi.berkeley.edu
Tue Jan 14 23:07:39 CET 2014


The Second Workshop on Metaphor in NLP

(co-located with ACL 2014)

Baltimore, MD, USA – June 26, 2014


Submission deadline: March 25, 2014


Metaphor processing is a rapidly growing area in NLP. The ubiquity of
metaphor in language has been established in a number of corpus
studies and the role it plays in human reasoning has been confirmed in
psychological experiments. This makes metaphor an important research
area for computational and cognitive linguistics, and its automatic
identification and interpretation indispensable for any
semantics-oriented NLP application.

The work on metaphor in NLP and AI started in the 1980s, providing us
with a wealth of ideas on the structure and mechanisms of the
phenomenon. The last decade witnessed a technological leap in natural
language computation, whereby manually crafted rules gradually give
way to more robust corpus-based statistical methods. This is also the
case for metaphor research. In the recent years, the problem of
metaphor modeling has been steadily gaining interest within the NLP
community, with a growing number of approaches exploiting statistical
techniques. Compared to more traditional approaches based on
hand-coded knowledge, these more recent methods tend to have a wider
coverage, as well as be more efficient, accurate and robust. However,
even the statistical metaphor processing approaches so far often
focused on a limited domain or a subset of phenomena. At the same
time, recent work on computational lexical semantics and lexical
acquisition techniques, as well as a wide range of NLP methods
applying machine learning to open-domain semantic tasks, open many new
avenues for creation of large-scale robust tools for recognition and
interpretation of metaphor.

The main focus of the workshop will be on computational modeling of
metaphor using state-of-the-art NLP techniques. However, papers on
cognitive, linguistic, and applied aspects of metaphor are also of
interest, provided that they are presented within a computational, a
formal or a quantitative framework. We also encourage descriptions of
proposals and data sets for shared tasks on metaphor processing. In
comparison to last year's workshop, the Second Workshop on Metaphor in
NLP will broaden its scope by encouraging submissions on special
themes of computational processing of emotions and affect in metaphor,
as well as processing of metaphorical language in social media.

The workshop will solicit both full papers and short papers for either
oral or poster presentation.

Topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

Identification and interpretation of different levels and types of metaphor:

Conceptual and linguistic metaphor

Lexical metaphor

Multiword metaphorical expressions

Extended metaphor / metaphor in discourse

Conventional / novel / deliberate metaphor

Metaphor processing systems that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP methods:

Statistical metaphor processing

The use of lexical resources for metaphor processing

The use of corpora for metaphor processing

Distributional methods for metaphor processing

Supervised and unsupervised learning for metaphor processing

Identification of conceptual and linguistic metaphor

Identification and interpretation of lexical metaphor / multiword
metaphor / extended metaphor

Lexical metaphor interpretation vs. word sense disambiguation

Metaphor paraphrasing

Generation of metaphorical expressions

Metaphor translation and multilingual metaphor processing

Metaphor resources and evaluation:

Metaphor annotation in corpora

Metaphor in lexical resources

Reliability of metaphor annotation

Datasets for evaluation of metaphor processing tools

Metaphor evaluation methodologies and frameworks

Descriptions of proposals for shared tasks on metaphor processing

Metaphor processing for external NLP applications:

Metaphor in machine translation

Metaphor in opinion mining

Metaphor in information retrieval

Metaphor in educational applications

Metaphor in dialog systems

Metaphor in open-domain and domain-specific applications

Metaphor and cognition:

Computational approaches to metaphor inspired by cognitive evidence

Cognitive models of metaphor processing by the human brain

Models of metaphor across languages and cultures

Metaphor interaction with other phenomena (within a computational,
formal or quantitative framework):

Metaphor and compositionality

Metaphor and abstractness / concreteness

Metaphor and sentiment

Metaphor and persuasion

Metaphor and argumentation

Metaphor and metonymy

Metaphor and grammar

Metaphor and sentiment:

The use of metaphorical language to express stronger sentiment / evaluation

Sentiment processing systems that make use of metaphor as a feature

Sentiment processing systems that detect affect associated with
metaphorical expressions

Metaphor in social media:

Processing of metaphorical language in blogging, twitter and other social media

How metaphorical language helps shape communication in social media

The influence of metaphor on social dynamics


March 25, 2014 Paper submissions due (23:59 East Coast USA time)

April 14, 2014 Notification of Acceptance

April 28, 2014 Camera-ready papers due

June 26, 2014 Workshop in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages, with up
to 2 additional pages for references. We also invite short papers of
up to 4 pages, with up to 2 additional pages for references.

All submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2014
proceedings. Please use ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style
files tailored for this year's conference; these style files are
available from ACL 2014 website. Submissions must conform to the
official style guidelines, which are contained in the style files, and
they must be electronic in PDF format. Please see acl2014.pdf for
detailed formatting instructions.

Previously published papers cannot be accepted. The submissions will
be reviewed by the program committee. As reviewing will be blind,
please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal
the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...",
should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously
showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to these
requirements will be rejected without review. In addition, please do
not post your submissions on the web until after the review process is


Beata Beigman Klebanov, Educational Testing Service, USA

Ekaterina Shutova, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Patricia Lichtenstein, University of California, Merced, USA


John Barnden, University of Birmingham, UK

Yulia Badryzlova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge, UK

Danushka Bollegala, University of Liverpool, UK

Stephen Clark, University of Cambridge, UK

Paul Cook, University of Melbourne, Australia

Gerard de Melo, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Jonathan Dunn, Purdue University, USA

Anna Feldman, Montclair State University, USA

Jerry Feldman, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Michael Flor, Educational Testing Service, USA

Yanfen Hao, Hour Group Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ed Hovy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Valia Kordoni, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Mark Lee, University of Birmingham, UK

Annie Louis, University of Edinburgh, UK

Katja Markert, University of Leeds, UK

James H. Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Saif Mohammad, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Behrang Mohit, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar

Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar

Srini Narayanan, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Yair Neuman, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Malvina Nissim, University of Bologna, Italy

Thierry Poibeau, Ecole Normale Superieure and CNRS, France

Antonio Reyes, Instituto Superior de Iterpretes y Traductores, Mexico

Paolo Rosso, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Eyal Sagi, Northwestern University, USA

Sabine Schulte im Walde, Stuttgart University, Germany

Diarmuid O'Seaghdha, University of Cambridge, UK

Caroline Sporleder, Saarland University, Germany

Mark Steedman, University of Ediburgh, UK

Gerard Steen, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mark Stevenson, University of Sheffield, UK

Carlo Strapparava, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Tomek Strzalkowski, State University of New York at Albany, USA

Marc Tomlinson, LCC, USA

Oren Tsur, Hebrew University, Israel

Peter Turney, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Tony Veale, Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology,
Republic of Korea

Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
and MIT, USA

Andreas Vlachos, University of Cambridge, UK

Jan Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh, USA

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