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MWE 2015 : The 11th Workshop on Multiword Expressions


When Jun 4, 2015 - Jun 4, 2015
Where Denver, Colorado, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 8, 2015
Notification Due Mar 31, 2015
Final Version Due Apr 8, 2015
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

The 11th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2015)

Workshop at NAACL 2015 (Denver, Colorado, USA), June 4, 2015

Endorsed by the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon of the Association
for Computational Linguistics (SIGLEX;; and
SIGLEX’s Multiword Expressions Section (SIGLEX-MWE;

Submission deadline:
Long & short papers - March 8, 2015 (23:59 East Coast USA time - GMT
-05:00) Online submission:
Call For Papers

Under the denomination "multiword expression", one assumes a wide range
linguistic constructions such as idioms (“storm in a teacup”, “sweep under
the rug”), fixed phrases (“in vitro”, “by and large”, “rock'n roll”), noun
compounds (“olive oil”, “laser printer”), compound verbs (“take a nap”,
“bring about”), etc. While easily mastered by native speakers, their
interpretation poses a major challenge for computational systems, due to
their flexible and heterogeneous nature.

For a start, MWEs are not nearly as frequent in NLP resources as they are
in real-world
text, and this problem of coverage may impact the performance of many
tasks. Moreover, treating MWEs also involves problems like determining
their semantics, which is not always compositional (“to kick the bucket”
meaning “to die”). In sum, MWEs are a key issue and a current weakness for
natural language parsing and generation, as well as real-life applications
depending on language technology, such as machine translation, just to
name a prominent one among many. Thanks to the joint efforts of
researchers from several fields working on MWEs, significant progress has
been made in recent years, especially concerning the construction of
large-scale language resources. For instance, there is a large number of
recent papers which focus on acquisition of MWEs from corpora, and others
that describe a variety of techniques to find paraphrases for MWEs.
Current methods use a plethora of tools such as association measures,
machine learning, syntactic patterns, web queries, etc. A considerable
body of techniques, resources and tools to perform these tasks are now
available, and are indicative of the growing importance of the field
within the NLP community.

Many of these advances are described as part of the annual workshop on
MWEs, which attracts the attention of an ever-growing community working
a variety of languages and MWE types. The workshop has been held since
2001 in conjunction with major computational linguistics conferences (ACL,
EACL, NAACL, COLING, LREC), providing an important venue for the
to interact, share resources and tools and collaborate on efforts for
advancing the computational treatment of MWEs. Additionally, special
issues on MWEs have been published by leading journals in computational
linguistics. The latest such effort is the special issue on “Multiword
Expressions: from Theory to Practice and Use”, which has recently been
published by the ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing

MWE 2015 will be the 11th event in the series. We will be interested in
major challenges in the overall process of MWE treatment, both from the
theoretical and the computational viewpoint, focusing on original research
related (but not limited) to the following topics:

* Lexicon-grammar interface for MWEs
* Parsing techniques for MWEs
* Hybrid parsing of MWEs
* Annotating MWEs in treebanks
* MWEs in Machine Translation and Translation Technology
* Manually and automatically constructed resources
* Representation of MWEs in dictionaries and ontologies
* MWEs and user interaction
* Multilingual acquisition
* Multilingualism and MWE processing
* Models of first and second language acquisition of MWEs
* Crosslinguistic studies on MWEs
* The role of MWEs in the domain adaptation of parsers
* Integration of MWEs into NLP applications
* Evaluation of MWE treatment techniques
* Lexical, syntactic or semantic aspects of MWEs

Submission modalities

For MWE 2015, we will accept the following two types of submissions:

Regular long papers (8 content pages + 1 page for references): Long papers
should report on solid and finished research including new experimental
results, resources and/or techniques.
Regular short papers (4 content pages + 1 page for references): Short
papers should report on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing
research, negative results and/or philosophical discussion.

The reported research should be substantially original. The papers will be
presented orally or as posters. The decision as to which papers will be
presented orally and which as posters will be made by the program
committee based on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. All
submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the NAACL 2015
formatting requirements (available at the NAACL 2015 website: We strongly advise the use of the provided
Word or LaTeX template files.

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be
included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided as well.

Resources submitted with the papers should be anonymized for submission.
Papers and/or resources that do not conform to these requirements will be
rejected without review. Accepted papers will appear in the workshop
proceedings, where no distinction will be made between papers presented
orally or as posters.

For the submission use the follow link:

Important dates

8 March 2015: Long & short paper submission deadline 23:59 East Coast
time - GMT -05:00
31 March 2015: Notification of Acceptance
8 April 2015: Camera-ready papers due
4 June 2015: Workshop Dates

Program Committee

* Dimitra Anastasiou, University of Bremen (Germany)
* Eleftherios Avramidis, DFKI GmbH (Germany)
* Tim Baldwin, University of Melbourne (Australia)
* Núria Bel, Pompeu Fabra University (Spain)
* Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
* Jill Burstein, ETS (USA)
* Aoife Cahill, ETS (USA)
* Helena Caseli, Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil)
* Ken Church, IBM Research (USA)
* Paul Cook, University of New Brunswick (Canada)
* Béatrice Daille, Nantes University (France)
* Gaël Dias, University of Caen Basse-Normandie (France)
* Roxana Girju, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
* Ed Hovy, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
* Kyo Kageura, University of Tokyo (Japan)
* Su Nam Kim, Monash University (Australia)
* Dimitrios Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
* Ioannis Korkontzelos, University of Manchester (UK)
* Lori Levin, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
* Patricia Lichtenstein, University of California, Merced (USA)
* Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, The Ohio State University (USA)
* Takuya Matsuzaki, Nagoya University (Japan)
* Yusuke Miyao, National Institute of Informatics (Japan)
* Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute - Qatar Foundation
* Malvina Nissim, University of Bologna (Italy)
* Joakim Nivre, University of Uppsala (Sweden)
* Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha, University of Cambridge and VocalIQ (UK)
* Jan Odijk, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands)
* Yannick Parmentier, Universite d’Orleans (France)
* Pavel Pecina, Charles University Prague (Czech Republic)
* Scott Piao, Lancaster University (UK)
* Barbara Plank, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
* Carlos Ramisch, Aix-Marseille University (France)
* Martin Riedl, University of Darmstadt (Germany)
* Will Roberts, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)
* Agata Savary, Université François Rabelais Tours (France)
* Violeta Seretan, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
* Ekaterina Shutova, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
* Beata Trawinski, IDS Mannheim (Germany)
* Yulia Tsvetkov, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
* Yuancheng Tu, Microsoft (USA)
* Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
* Veronika Vincze, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
* Martin Volk, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
* Tom Wasow, Stanford University (USA)
* Eric Wehrli, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Workshop Organizers

Valia Kordoni (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Kostadin Cholakov (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Markus Egg (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Stella Markantonatou (Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP)
- Athena Research Center, Greece)
Shuly Wintner (University of Haifa, Israel)


For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to
mwe2015.naacl at

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