Call for Papers: 11th International Global Wordnet Conference, Pretoria, South Africa

Global Wordnet Association:

Conference website:

The Global Wordnet Association is pleased to announce that the 11th
International Global Wordnet Conference (GWC2021will be held from 18 to 21
January 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference will be hosted by
the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR)
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circumstances during the conference as a result of COVID-19, the venue and
format of the conference presentation will be announced in due course.

COVID19 Pandemic

Please note that given the current global pandemic and the uncertainty
surrounding international travel in January 2021, the organisers are also
preparing a virtual conference as a contingency. A final announcement as to
the format of GWC2021 will be made in October 2020. Should the conference
be hosted as a virtual event, a combination of the approaches successfully
implemented by RAIL2020 and LREC2020 will be used as a roadmap – authors
will be asked to prerecord their presentations which will be streamed
during a live virtual event with an opportunity for questions and
discussions after each presentation; proceedings will also be published and
a reduced registration fee will be applicable.

Conference Topics

Contributions are invited on all aspects of wordnets, including but not
limited to:


   Lexical semantics and meaning representation


   Critical analysis and applications of lexical and semantic relations

   Proposed new relations

   Definitions, semantic components, co-occurrence and frequency statistics

   Word and Sense Embeddings

   Necessity and completeness issues

   Ontology and wordnet

   Other lexicographical and lexicological questions pertaining to
   wordnet-style meaning representation

   Wordnets and Linked Open Data (LOD)


   Architecture of lexical databases


   Language independent and language-dependent components

   Integration of multi-wordnets in research infrastructures (like CLARIN)
   and LT networks (like META-NET)


   Tools and Methods for wordnet development


   User and Data entry interfaces

   Methods for constructing, extending and enriching wordnets


   Applications of wordnet


   Word sense disambiguation

   Machine translation

   Information extraction and retrieval

   Document structuring and categorisation

   Automatic hyperlinking

   Language pedagogy

   Psycholinguistic applications


   Standardization, distribution and availability of wordnets and wordnet

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will fall into one of the following categories (page limits
exclude references):


   long papers: 8 pages max, 30 minutes presentation


   short papers: 5 pages max; 15 minutes presentation

   project reports: 5 pages max., 10 minutes presentation

   demonstrations: 5 pages max, with an additional 3 pages screen dumps or
   images; 20 minutes presentation

   work in progress: 5 pages max., poster presentation

Submissions should be anonymous and any identifying information must be
removed. Authors must state the preferred category, though acceptance may
be subject to change in the category of the presentation, e.g. a long paper
submission may be accepted as a short paper.

Final papers should be submitted in electronic form (PDF only).

Papers must be submitted to the EasyChair website:

The format of the paper is in ACL format (PDF) and a template can be found

Important Dates


   18 September 2020: Deadline for paper submission

   23 October 2020: Notification of acceptance

   23 October 2020: Registration opens

   20 November 2020: Deadline for author registration, final paper due

   18-21 January 2021: Conference


Conference proceedings will be open access and downloadable from the GWA
website. The proceedings will have an ISBN and be published in the ACL

Papers are only included in the proceedings if at least one author has
registered by 20 November 2020.

Inclusion of accepted submissions into the final program and the
proceedings is contingent upon at least one author’s registration. Late
registration and on-site registration for participants is possible without
the inclusion of the paper and without presentation.

Post-conference Workshop

A student workshop will be held at the conference venue on 22 January 2021.
More details to follow during October 2020.

Student Bursaries and Travel Grants

Applications for student bursaries and travel grants will open in October
2020 and more details will be made available on the conference website.

Conference Chairs

Christiane Fellbaum,

Piek Vossen,

Local Organising Committee

Sonja Bosch – University of South Africa (UNISA)

Mampaka Lydia Mojapelo – University of South Africa (UNISA)

Marissa Griesel – University of South Africa (UNISA) (contact person:

Elsabé Taljard – University of Pretoria (UP)

Juan Steyn – SADiLaR

Liané van den Berg – SADiLaR

Program Committee

[To be assigned in consultation with the GWC Board]

Received on Tuesday, 16 June 2020 09:01:46 UTC