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ComAComA 2014 : The First Workshop on Computational Approaches to Compound Analysis


When Aug 23, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014
Where Dublin, Ireland
Submission Deadline May 2, 2014
Final Version Due Jun 27, 2014

Call For Papers

The First Workshop on Computational Approaches to Compound Analysis (ComAComA 2014)
at COLING 2014
Dublin, Ireland, 23 or 24 August, 2014

The ComAComA workshop is an interdisciplinary platform for researchers to present recent and ongoing work on compound processing in different languages.

Given the high productivity of compounding in a wide range of languages, compound processing is an interesting subject in linguistics, computational linguistics, and other applied disciplines. For example, for many language technology applications, compound processing remains a challenge (both morphologically and semantically), since novel compounds are created and interpreted on the fly. In order to deal with this productivity, systems that can analyse new compound forms and their meanings need to be developed. From an interdisciplinary perspective, we also need to better understand the process of compounding (for instance, as a cognitive process), in order to model its complexity.

The workshop has several related aims. Firstly, it will bring together researchers from different research fields (e.g., computational linguistics, linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language technology) to discuss various aspects of compound processing. Secondly, the workshop will provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art research, as well as desired resources for future research in this area. Finally, we expect that the interdisciplinary nature of the workshop will result in methodologies to evaluate compound processing systems from different perspectives.

Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha (University of Cambridge)
Andrea Krott (University of Birmingham)

The ComAComA workshop solicits papers on original and unpublished research on the following topics, including, but not limited to:

** Annotation of compounds for computational purposes
** Categorisation of compounds (e.g. different taxonomies)
** Classification of compound semantics
** Compound splitting
** Automatic morphological analysis of compounds
** Compound processing in computational psycholinguistics
** Psycho- and/or neurolinguistic aspects of compound processing
** Theoretical and/or descriptive linguistic aspects of compound processing
** Compound paraphrase generation
** Applications of compound processing
** Resources for compound processing
** Evaluation methodologies for compound processing

** Papers should describe original work, with room for completed work, well-advanced ongoing research, or contemplative, novel ideas. Papers should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included.
** Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.
** Submissions presented at the conference should mostly contain new material that has not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Papers that are being submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published work.

Reviewing will be double blind. It will be managed by the organisers of ComAComA, assisted by the workshop’s Program Committee (see details below).

** All papers will be included in the COLING workshop proceedings, in electronic form only.
** The maximum submission length is 8 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references.
** Authors of accepted papers will be given additional space in the camera-ready version to reflect space needed for changes stemming from reviewers comments.
** The only mode of delivery will be oral; there will be no poster presentations.
** Papers shall be submitted in English, anonymised with regard to the authors and/or their institution (no author-identifying information on the title page nor anywhere in the paper), including referencing style as usual.
** Papers must conform to official COLING 2014 style guidelines, which are available on the COLING 2014 website (see also links below).
** The only accepted format for submitted papers is PDF.
** Submission and reviewing will be managed online by the START system (see link below). Submissions must be uploaded on the START system by the submission deadlines; submissions after that time will not be reviewed. To minimise network congestion, we request authors to upload their submissions as early as possible.
** In order to allow participants to be acquainted with the published papers ahead of time which in turn should facilitate discussions at the workshop, the official publication date has been set two weeks before the conference, i.e., on August 11, 2014. On that day, the papers will be available online for all participants to download, print and read. If your employer is taking steps to protect intellectual property related to your paper, please inform them about this timing.
** While submissions are anonymous, we strongly encourage authors to plan for depositing language resources and other data as well as tools used and/or developed for the experiments described in the papers, if the paper is accepted. In this respect, we encourage authors then to deposit resources and tools to available open-access repositories of language resources and/or repositories of tools (such as META-SHARE, Clarin, ELRA, LDC or AFNLP/COCOSDA for data, and github, sourceforge, CPAN and similar for software and tools), and refer to them instead of submitting them with the paper.

Download a zip file with style files for LaTeX, MS Word and Libre Office here:

May 2, 2014: Paper submission deadline
June 6, 2014: Author notification deadline
June 27, 2014: Camera-ready PDF deadline
August 11, 2014: Official paper publication date
August 23/24, 2014: ComAComA Workshop (exact date still unknown)
(August 25-29, 2014: Main COLING conference)

Main COLING conference:
Paper submission:
Style sheets:

Ben Verhoeven (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Menno van Zaanen (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

Gerhard van Huyssteen (North-West University, South Africa)


** Preslav Nakov (University of California in Berkeley)
** Iris Hendrickx (Radboud University Nijmegen)
** Gary Libben (University of Alberta)
** Lonneke Van der Plas (University of Stuttgart)
** Helmut Schmid (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich)
** Fintan Costello (University College Dublin)
** Roald Eiselen (North-West University)
** Su Nam Kim (University of Melbourne)
** Pavol Štekauer (P.J. Safarik University)
** Arina Banga (University of Debrecen)
** Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha (University of Cambridge)
** Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire)
** Vivi Nastase (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
** Tony Veale (University College Dublin)
** Pius ten Hacken (University of Innsbruck)
** Anneke Neijt (Radboud University Nijmegen)
** Andrea Krott (University of Birmingham)
** Emmanuel Keuleers (Ghent University)
** Stan Szpakowicz (University of Ottawa)

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