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Multiword Expressions: from Parsing and Generation to the Real World (MWE 2011)

Workshop at ACL 2011 (Portland, Oregon, USA), June 23, 2011

Endorsed by the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon of the Association for Computational Linguistics (SIGLEX)

Last updated: Aug 24, 2011


Call For Participation

Early bird registration deadline is May 23, 2011!

Under the denomination "Multiword Expression", one can hang a wide range of linguistic constructions such as idioms (a frog in the throat, kill some time), fixed phrases (per se, by and large, rock'n roll), noun compounds (telephone booth, cable car), compound verbs (give a presentation, go by [a name]), etc. While easily mastered by native speakers, their interpretation poses a major challenge for computational systems, due to their flexible and heterogeneous nature. Surprisingly enough, MWEs are not nearly as frequent in NLP resources (dictionaries, grammars) as they are in real-word text, where they have been reported to account for over 70% of the terms in a domain. Thus, MWEs are a key issue and a current weakness for tasks like Natural Language Parsing (NLP) and Generation (NLG), as well as real-life applications such as Machine Translation.

MWE 2011 will be the 8th event in the series, and the time has come to move from basic preliminary research and theoretical results to actual applications in real-world NLP tasks. Therefore, following further the trend of previous MWE workshops, we propose a turn towards MWEs on NLP applications, specifically towards Parsing and Generation of MWEs, as there is a wide range of open problems that prevent MWE treatment techniques to be fully integrated in current NLP systems. We will be asking for original research related (but not limited) to the following topics:

Important dates

Mar 4, 2011Long paper submission deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT-7)
Mar 11, 2011Short paper and demo submission deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT-7)
Apr 01, 2011EXTENDED long paper and short paper deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT-7)
Apr 08, 2011EXTENDED demo submission deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT-7)
May 2, 2011Notification of acceptance
May 9, 2011Camera-ready deadline
Jun 23, 2011Workshop

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