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CogALex 2008 : Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon: Enhancing the Structure, Indexes and Entry Points of Electronic Dictionaries


When Aug 24, 2008 - Aug 24, 2008
Where Manchester, UK
Submission Deadline May 6, 2008
Notification Due Jun 6, 2008
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS : CogALex-08 (Coling Workshop held in conjunction with

"Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon: Enhancing the Structure, Indexes and
Entry Points of Electronic Dictionaries"


What are people looking for when they use a dictionary? What strategies
do they use for search? What do people know before they start? These
questions concern the cognitive aspects of the lexicon, and their
answers should guide the design of online dictionaries.

Many people believe in the virtues of completeness. Yet, the quality of
a dictionary depends not only on coverage (number of entries) and
granularity, but also on accessibility of information. Access strategies
vary with the task (text understanding vs. text production) and the
knowledge available at the moment of consultation (word, concept,
sound). Unlike readers who look for meanings, writers start from them,
searching for the corresponding words. While paper dictionaries are
static, permitting only limited strategies for accessing information,
their electronic counterparts promise dynamic, proactive search via
multiple criteria (meaning, sound, related word) and via diverse access
routes. Navigation takes place in a huge conceptual-lexical space, and
the results are displayable in a multitude of forms (as trees, as lists,
as graphs, or sorted alphabetically, by topic, by frequency).

Many lexicographers work nowadays with huge digital corpora, using
language technology to build and to maintain the resource. But access to
the potential wealth in dictionaries remains limited for the common
user. Yet, the new possibilities of electronic media in terms of
comfort, speed and flexibility (multiple inputs, polyform outputs) are
enormous. We have not even realized their full potential yet. More than
just allowing electronic versions of paper-bound dictionaries, computers
provide a freedom for rethinking dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia,
etc., a distinction necessary in the past for economical reasons, but no
longer justified anymore. The goal of this workshop is to perform the
groundwork for the next generation of electronic dictionaries, that is,
to study the possibility of integrating the different resources, as well
as to explore the feasability of taking the user‚??s needs, knowledge and
access strategies into account.


For this workshop, we solicit papers addressing any of the following issues:

1. CONCEPTUAL INPUT of a dictionary user: what is present in
speakers‚??/writers‚?? minds when they are generating a message and looking
for a (target) word? Does the user have in mind conceptual primitives,
semantically related words, some type of partial definition, something
like synsets, or something completely different?

2. ACCESS, NAVIGATION and SEARCH STRATEGIES: we would like to be able to
access entries by word form but also by meaning and sounds (syllables).
Even if input is given in an incomplete, imprecise or degraded form. The
more precise the conceptual input, the less navigation should be needed
and vice versa. How can we create local search spaces, and provide a
user with the tools for navigating within them?

3. INDEXING words and ORGANIZING the lexicon: Words and concepts can be
organized in many ways, varying according to typology and conceptual
systems. For example, words are traditionally organized alphabetically
in Western languages, but by semantic radicals and stroke counts in
Chinese. The way how words and concepts are organized affects indexing
and access. Indexing must robustly allow for multiple ways of navigation
and access. What efficient organizational principles allow the greatest
flexibility for access? What about lexical entry standardization? Are
universal definitions possible? What about efforts such as the Lexical
Markup Framework (LMF) and other global structures for the lexicon? Can
ontologies be combined with standards for the lexicon?

4. NLP Applications: Contributors can also address the issue of how such
enhanced dictionaries, once embedded in existing NLP applications, can
boost performance and help solve lexical and textual-entailment problems
such as those evaluated in SEMEVAL 2007, or, more generally, generation
problems encountered in the context of summarization,
question-answering, interactive paraphrasing or translation.

Goal and target audience

The aim of this workshop is to bring together leading researchers
involved in the building of electronic dictionaries to discuss
modifications of existing resources in line with the users‚?? needs (i.e.
how to capitalize on the advantages of the digital form). Given the
breadth of the questions, we welcome reports on work from many
perspectives, including, but not limited to, linguistics, computer
science, psycholinguistics, language learning, and ergonomics. We
request that contributions address computational aspects.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 5th May
Notification of Acceptance: 6th June
Camera-Ready Papers Due: 1st July
Workshop: 24th August

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work on the topic
areas of the workshop. As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not
include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore,
self-references that reveal the author's identity, should be avoided.

Submitted papers should be no longer than eight (8) pages, 4 in the case
of project reports (including data, tables, figures, and references).
Please include a one-paragraph abstract of the entire work (about 200
words) and use the Coling 2008 LaTeX or MS Word style sheets
Submission will be electronic (pdf format only) via the START paper
submission webpage:

Workshop Organizers

Michael Zock (LIF-CNRS, Marseille)
Churen Huang (Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan)

Programme Committee
* Slaven Bilac, Google-Tokyo, Japan
* Pierrette Bouillon, ISSCO, Geneva, Switzerland
* Dan Cristea, University of Iasi, Romania
* Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton, USA
* Olivier Ferret, CEA LIST, France
* Thierry Fontenelle, Microsoft, Redmont
* Gregory Grefenstette, CEA LIST, France
* Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
* Ed Hovy, ISI, Los Angeles, USA
* Chu-Ren Huang, Sinica, Taiwan
* Terry Joyce, Tama University, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
* Adam Kilgarriff, Brighton, Lexical Computing Ltd, UK
* Philippe Langlais, University of Montreal, Canada
* Dekang Lin, Google, Mountain View, California, USA
* Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA
* Alain Polguère, University of Montreal, Canada
* Reinhard Rapp, university of Tarragona, Spain
* Sabine Schulte im Walde, University of Stuttgart, Germany
* Gilles Serasset, Imag, Grenoble, France
* Anna Sinopalnikova, FIT, BUT, Brno, Czech Republic
* Takenobu Tokunaga, Titech, Tokyo, Japan
* Dan Tufis, RACAI, Bucharest, Romania
* Jean Véronis, University of Aix-Marseille, France
* Yorick Wilks, Oxford Internet Institute, UK
* Michael Zock LIF-CNRS, Marseille, France
* Pierre Zweigenbaum, Limsi, Orsay, France

Contact Person and workshop website

Michael Zock (

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