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TAL-ALD 2024 : Special issue of the journal Traitement Automatique des Langues (TAL) Abusive Language Detection : Linguistic Resources, Methods and Applications


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Submission Deadline May 31, 2024
Notification Due Jul 15, 2024
Final Version Due Nov 30, 2024
Categories    NLP   computational linguistics   text mining   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers

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**Special issue of the journal Traitement Automatique des Langues (TAL) Abusive Language Detection : Linguistic Resources, Methods and Applications **

**Guest Editors**

Farah Benamara (IRIT-Toulouse University, IPAL Singapore), Delphine Battistelli (MoDyCo, Paris Nanterre University) and Viviana Patti (Turin University)


Abusive language - or, in another very common terminology, hate speech - and the propagation of harmful stereotypes have unfortunately become commonplace occurrences on various social media platforms, partly due to users’ freedom and anonymity and the lack of regulation provided by these platforms. The sheer volume and often implicit nature of such unwanted content make manual moderation of these user spaces a formidable task. Various scientific communities interested in its at least partial automation have taken up the problem over the past ten years. In particular, Computational Social Science, Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics have proposed numerous works to create resources, datasets, and models aimed at automating the task of abusive language detection (henceforth ALD). In fact, we see that ALD has become a research theme in its own right in the field of Natural Language Processing with an abundant literature.

Abusive language (umbrella term to refer to the various forms of harmful language, such as toxic, offensive language, hate speech, and stereotypes) is topically focused and each specific manifestation of abusive language targets different vulnerable groups based on characteristics such as gender (misogyny, sexism), ethnicity, race, religion (xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia), sexual orientation (homophobia), and so on. Most automatic ALD approaches cast the problem into a binary classification task but important considerations should be taken into account, in particular: (1) the topical focus or the target-oriented nature of hate speech ; (2) the degree of engagement of users in abusive content (e.g., denunciation, approbation, reporting, neutral attitude) ; (3) the question of stereotypes and dominant ideologies ; (4) the question of linguistic strategies more particularly linked or born with social networks (e.g., emoticons, hashtags). Furthermore, most of the work (resources, classifiers) is developed for English.


Motivated by the interest of the community in the problem of ALD, we invite papers from Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Computational Social Sciences. We explicitly encourage interdisciplinary submissions (resources, computational methods, and user applications at the interface of linguistics/psychology/socio-linguistics/sociology) but also position papers on the actual state of the art in the field discussing the limitations of the current approaches and directions for future work. The topics covered by the special issue include, but are not limited to:

-- Linguistic resources and evaluation: annotation schemes, corpus linguistics studies, new datasets, with a particular interest in French language and/or multilingual resources. In the case of strictly lexical resources: methods for constituting them and coverage, semantic categories retained.
-- Formal/Conceptual approaches for ALD as inspired by models in sociology, socio-linguistics and psychology.
-- Models and Methods: supervised and unsupervised approaches, including LLMs.
-- Role of contextual phenomena, including discourses, extra-linguistic contexts (e.g., cultural aspects).
-- Models for cross-lingual and multimodal detection.
-- New approaches beyond binary classification: target-oriented ALD, degrees of user engagement, etc.
-- Dynamics of online AL in social media, propaganda propagation.
-- Bias detection and removal in resource creation, datasets and methods.
-- Application of ALD tools in education, social media content moderation, etc.
-- Social, legal, and ethical implications of detecting, monitoring and moderating AL.

**Important dates**
May 31th, 2024: Submission deadline
July 15th, 2024: Notification of acceptance after first rereading
End of September 2024: Revised version
Mid October 2024: Final decision
End of November 2024: Camera ready
January 2025: Publication of the special issue

Submissions can either be in French or English and should follow the journal templates

**About the journal**

Traitement Automatiques des Langues Journal (TAL) is the international French journal of Natural Language Processing published by ATALA (French Association for Natural Language Processing since 1959 with the support of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). It is indexed by ACL Anthology as well as DBLP. It is also supported by the Institute of Human and Social Sciences of the CNRS.

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**External committee**
-- Cristina Bosco, University of Turin
-- Elena Cabrio, University of Côte d'Azur
-- Tommaso Caselli, Faculty of Arts, Rijksuniveristeit Groningen
-- Valentina Dragos, ONERA
-- Karën Fort, Sorbonne University
-- Claire Hugonnier, University of Grenoble Alpes
-- Irina Illina, University of Lorraine
-- Roy Ka-Wei Lee, Singapore University of Technology and Design
-- Véronique Moriceau, IRIT, University of Toulouse
-– Frédérique Segond, INRIA Paris
-- Mariona Taulé, University of Barcelona
-- Samuel Vernet, Aix-Marseille University
-- Mathieu Valette, Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle University
-- Marcos Zampieri, George Mason University

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