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Multiword Expressions: from Theory to Applications (MWE 2010)

Workshop at COLING 2010 (Beijing, China), August 28, 2010

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

Last updated: September 10, 2010



The COLING 2010 Workshop on Multiword Expressions: from Theory to Applications (MWE 2010) took place on August 28, 2010 in Beijing, China, following the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2010). The workshop has been held every year since 2003 in conjunction with ACL, EACL and LREC; this is the first time that it has been co-located with COLING.

Multiword Expressions (MWEs) are a ubiquitous component of natural languages and appear steadily on a daily basis, both in specialized and in general-purpose communication. While easily mastered by native speakers, their interpretation poses a major challenge for automated analysis due to their flexible and heterogeneous nature. Therefore, the automated processing of MWEs is desirable for any natural language application that involves some degree of semantic interpretation, e.g., Machine Translation, Information Extraction, and Question Answering.

In spite of the recent advances in the field, there is a wide range of open problems that prevent MWE treatment techniques from full integration in current NLP systems. In MWE’2010, we were interested in major challenges in the overall process of MWE treatment. We thus asked for original research related but not limited to the following topics:

We received 18 submissions, and, given our limited capacity as a one-day workshop, we were only able to accept eight full papers for oral presentation: an acceptance rate of 44%. We further accepted four papers as posters. The regular papers were distributed in three sessions: Lexical Representation, Identification and Extraction, and Applications. The workshop also featured two invited talks (by Kyo Kageura and by Aravind K. Joshi), and a panel discussion (involving Mona Diab, Valia Kordoni and Hans Uszkoreit).

We would like to thank the members of the Program Committee for their timely reviews. We would also like to thank the authors and participants for their valuable contributions.

Workshop Organizers


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