[Elsnet-list] Third Workshop on Metaphor in NLP: First call for papers

Ekaterina Shutova katia at icsi.berkeley.edu
Thu Nov 20 02:54:28 CET 2014


The Third Workshop on Metaphor in NLP

(co-located with NAACL 2015)

Denver, Colorado, USA – June 5, 2015


Submission deadline: March 4, 2015


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 its structure and mechanisms. 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

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.

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*

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 4, 2015     Paper submissions due (23:59 East Coast USA time)

March 23, 2015   Notification of acceptance

March 30, 2015   Camera-ready papers due

June 5, 2015       Workshop in Denver, Colorado, 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 NAACL 2015
proceedings. Please use ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style
files tailored for this year's conference; these style files are
available from NAACL 2015 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 naaclhlt2015.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


Ekaterina Shutova, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Beata Beigman Klebanov, Educational Testing Service, USA

Patricia Lichtenstein, University of California, Merced, USA


John Barnden, University of Birmingham, UK

Yulia Badryzlova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Danushka Bollegala, University of Liverpool, UK

Paul Cook, University of New Brunswisk, Canada

Gerard de Melo, Tsinghua University, China

Ellen Dodge, ICSI, UC Berkeley, USA

Jonathan Dunn, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Anna Feldman, Montclair State University, USA

Michael Flor, Educational Testing Service, USA

Mark Granroth-Wilding, University of Cambridge, UK

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

Felix Hill, University of Cambridge, UK

Jerry Hobbs, USC ISI, USA

Eduard Hovy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Hyeju Jang, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Valia Kordoni, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh, UK

Mark Lee, University of Birmingham, UK

Annie Louis, University of Edinburgh, UK

Saif Mohammad, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Behrang Mohit, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar

Michael Mohler, Language Computer Corporation, USA

Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar

Srini Narayanan, Google, Switzerland

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

Bryan Rink, LCC, USA

Eyal Sagi, Northwestern University, USA

Sabine Schulte im Walde, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Samira Shaikh, SUNY Albany, USA

Caroline Sporleder, University of Trier, Germany

Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UK

Gerard Steen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Carlo Strapparava, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Tomek Strzalkowski, SUNY Albany, USA

Marc Tomlinson, LCC, USA

Yulia Tsvetkov, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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

Andreas Vlachos, University College London, UK

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