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

Ekaterina Shutova katia at icsi.berkeley.edu
Fri Jun 13 04:41:42 CEST 2014


The Second Workshop on Metaphor in NLP

(co-located with ACL 2014)

Baltimore, MD, USA – June 26, 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 is on computational modeling of
metaphor using state-of-the-art NLP techniques. Complementing a
diverse technical program, the workshop will also feature two invited
talks. Dr. Brad Pasanek, an Assistant Professor in the English
department at the University of Virginia, begins the talks at this
year’s workshop. Dr. Pasanek has collected, curated and analyzed a
large collection of metaphors of mind used in 18th century British
poetry. His quantitative analysis of metaphor use by various authors
provides a historical perspective on the notions of conventionality,
novelty, and change in metaphor. The idea of metaphors being in
alignment with common ways of thinking while at the same time being
noticeably different expressions of these thoughts has a complex and
interesting relationship with the contemporary theories of conceptual

The second invited talk by Dr. Rebecca Resnik will then provide a
psychological perspective on the study of metaphor. The way people
describe their experiences represents a pattern recognition task for
clinicians, one that is at times enshrined in assessment tools (e.g.,
the Vanderbilt scale that asks if a child appears to be “driven by a
motor”). The use of metaphor, for instance in identifying cognitive
distortions and automatic negative thoughts, holds much interest for
the clinical community. In exploring the relationship between metaphor
and clinical diagnosis, Dr. Resnik offers a unique outlook on
potential applications of metaphor-related technology.

Adjourning the workshop, a panel discussion is held to help elucidate
the goals and directions of further research on metaphor in NLP.
Panelists include Prof. Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California
and Dr. Tony Veale, University College Dublin.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Beata, Katia and Tricia


9:00–9:05 Opening Remarks

9:05–10:00 Invited talk: Brad Pasanek "Giving Back the Image of the
Mind: Computational Approaches to ’Propriety’ in Eighteenth-Century
British Literature"

10:00–10:30 Conversational Metaphors in Use: Exploring the Contrast
between Technical and Everyday Notions of Metaphor

Hyeju Jang, Mario Piergallini, Miaomiao Wen and Carolyn Rose

10:30–11:00 Coffee Break

11:00–11:30 Different Texts, Same Metaphors: Unigrams and Beyond

Beata Beigman Klebanov, Chee Wee Leong, Michael Heilman and Michael Flor

11:30–12:00 Metaphor Detection through Term Relevance

Marc Schulder and Eduard Hovy

12:00–12:30 Multi-dimensional abstractness in cross-domain mappings

Jonathan Dunn

12:30–14:00 Lunch

14:00–14:30 Abductive Inference for Interpretation of Metaphors

Ekaterina Ovchinnikova, Ross Israel, Suzanne Wertheim, Vladimir
Zaytsev, Niloofar Montazeri and Jerry Hobbs

14:30–15:00 Computing Affect in Metaphors

Tomek Strzalkowski, Samira Shaikh, Kit Cho, George Aaron Broadwell,
Laurie Feldman, Sarah Taylor, Boris Yamrom, Ting Liu, Ignacio Cases,
Yuliya Peshkova and Kyle Elliot

15:00–15:30 A Service-Oriented Architecture for Metaphor Processing

Tony Veale

15:30–15:45 Coffee Break

15:45–16:30 Invited talk: Rebecca Resnik "Pandora’s Box: Uses of
metaphor in clinical psychology and computational linguistics"

16:30–17:30 Panel discussion: "Metaphors We Work On: Goals,
Trajectories and Applications"


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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