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MWE-LEX 2020 Final CfP: Joint Workshop on Multiword Expressions and Electronic Lexicons

From: John P. McCrae <john.mccrae@insight-centre.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2020 10:40:37 +0100
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To: John McCrae <john@mccr.ae>
Joint Workshop on Multiword Expressions and Electronic Lexicons (MWE-LEX

COLING (Barcelona, Spain),  December 13th, 2020
Final call for papers

Organised, sponsored and endorsed by:
SIGLEX <http://www.siglex.org/>, the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon
of the ACL
<https://www.aclweb.org/>ELEXIS <https://elex.is/> - European Lexicographic

This joint workshop addresses two domains – multiword expressions and
(electronic) lexicons – with partly overlapping communities and research
interests, but divergent practices and terminologies.

Multiword expressions (MWEs) are word combinations, such as by and large, hot
dog, pay a visit or pull one's leg, which exhibit lexical, syntactic,
semantic, pragmatic or statistical idiosyncrasies. MWEs encompass closely
related linguistic objects: idioms, compounds, light-verb constructions,
rhetorical figures, institutionalised phrases and collocations. Because of
their unpredictable behavior, notably their non-compositional semantics,
MWEs pose problems in linguistic modelling (e.g. treebank annotation,
grammar engineering), NLP pipelines (notably when orchestrated with
parsing), and end-user applications (e.g. information extraction).
Modelling and processing of MWEs has been the topic of the MWE workshop,
organised over the past years by the MWE section
<http://multiword.sourceforge.net/> of SIGLEX <http://www.siglex.org/>.

Because MWE-hood is a largely lexical phenomenon, appropriately built
electronic MWE lexicons turn out to be quite important for NLP. Their
conception opens up, among others, the issues of lemmatisation and of
standardised representation of morphological, syntactic and semantic
properties of MWEs. Large standardised multilingual, possibly
interconnected, NLP-oriented MWE lexicons prove indispensable for NLP tasks
such as MWE identification, due to its critical sensitivity to unseen data.
But the development of such lexicons is challenging and calls for tools
which would leverage, on the one hand, MWEs encoded in pre-existing
NLP-unaware lexicons and, on the other hand, automatic MWE discovery in
large non-annotated corpora.

In order to pave the way towards a better understanding of these issues,
and to foster convergence and scientific innovation, the MWE and ELEXIS
(European Union's Horizon 2020 research grant 731015) communities put
forward a joint event and call for papers on research related (but not
limited) to:

Joint topics on MWEs and e-lexicons:


   Extracting and enriching MWE lists from traditional human-readable
   lexicons for NLP use

   Formats for NLP-applicable MWE lexicons

   Interlinking MWE lexicons with other language resources

   Using MWE lexicons in NLP tasks (identification, parsing, translation,

   MWE discovery in the service of lexicography

   Multiword terms in specialised lexicons

   Representing semantic properties of MWEs in lexicons

   Paving the way towards encoding lexical idiosyncrasies in constructions

MWE-specific topics:


   Computationally-applicable theoretical work on MWEs and constructions in
   psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and formal grammars

   MWE and construction annotation in corpora and treebanks

   Processing of MWEs and constructions in syntactic and semantic
   frameworks (e.g. CCG, CxG, HPSG, LFG, TAG, UD, etc.), and in end-user
   applications (e.g. information extraction, machine translation and

   Original discovery and identification methods for MWEs and constructions

   MWEs and constructions in language acquisition and in non-standard
   language (e.g. tweets, forums, spontaneous speech)

   Evaluation of annotation and processing techniques for MWEs and

   Retrospective comparative analyses from the PARSEME shared tasks on
   automatic identification of MWEs

Our intention is to also perpetuate previous converging effects with the
Construction Grammar and WordNet community (see the LAW-MWE-CxG 2018
<http://multiword.sourceforge.net/lawmwecxg2018/> and MWE-WN 2019
<http://multiword.sourceforge.net/mwewn2019/> workshops). Therefore, we
extend the traditional MWE scope to grammatical constructions and we
include WordNets in the scope of e-lexicons.

The workshop features two tracks:


   A regular research track, where the submissions must be substantially

   A shared task track, with submissions consisting of system description

The regular research track submissions should follow one of the 2 formats:


   Long papers (9 content pages + references): Long papers should report on
   solid and finished research including new experimental results, resources
   and/or techniques.

   Short papers (4 content pages + references): Short papers should report
   on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing research, negative
   results and/or philosophical discussion.

The decisions as to oral or poster presentations of the selected papers
will be taken by the PC chairs. No distinction between papers presented
orally and as posters is made in the workshop proceedings. There is no
limit on the number of reference pages. The submission will be
double-blind. Papers available as preprints can also be submitted provided
that they fulfil the conditions defined by the
ACL Policies for Submission, Review and Citation

All papers should be submitted via the workshop's START space

Please follow the guidelines and use the COLING 2020 style files available
at https://coling2020.org/pages/submission. Please choose the appropriate
track (research/shared task) and for research papers the submission
modality (long/short).

MWE-LEX 2020 will host edition 1.2 of the PARSEME shared task on
semi-supervised identification of MWEs. This is a follow-up of editions 1.0
(2017) <http://multiword.sourceforge.net/sharedtask2017>, and 1.1 (2018)
<http://multiword.sourceforge.net/sharedtask2018>. Edition 1.2 features (a)
improved and extended corpora annotated with MWEs, (b) complementary
unannotated corpora for unsupervised MWE discovery, and (c) evaluation
focusing on unseen MWEs. Following the synergy with Elexis, our aim is to
foster the development of unsupervised methods for MWE lexicon induction,
which in turn can be used for identification. Authors may submit system
description papers to the shared task track. Details are available at

All deadlines are at 23:59 UTC-12 (anywhere in the world).


   September 2, 2020: Workshop papers due date (short papers, long papers,
   system description papers)

   October 16, 2020: Notification of acceptance

   November 1, 2020: Camera-ready papers due

   December 13, 2020: Workshop colocated with COLING 2020 in Barcelona



   Research track, MWE-specific topics:

      Stella Markantonatou
      Institute for Language and Speech Processing, R.C. "Athena" (Greece)

      Jelena Mitrović <http://jelena.mitrovic.rs>, University of Passau

   Research track, MWE-LEX topics:

      John McCrae <http://john.mccr.ae/>, National University of Ireland
      Galway (Ireland)

      Carole Tiberius, Dutch Language Institute in Leiden (Netherlands)

   Shared task track:

      Carlos Ramisch <http://pageperso.lis-lab.fr/~carlos.ramisch/>, Aix
      Marseille University (France)

      Ashwini Vaidya <http://web.iitd.ernet.in/~avaidya/>, Indian Institute
      of Technology in Delhi (India)



   Petya Osenova <http://bultreebank.org/en/our-team/petya-osenova/>,
   University of Sofia and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

   Agata Savary <http://www.info.univ-tours.fr/~savary/>, Université of
   Tours (France)


For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to

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