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LAW IX 2015 : Linguistic Annotation Workshop at NAACL 2015


When Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 5, 2015
Where Denver, Colorado, USA
Submission Deadline Feb 25, 2015
Notification Due Mar 20, 2015
Final Version Due Mar 30, 2015
Categories    linguistic annotation   syntax   non-canonical languages

Call For Papers

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LAW IX - Linguistic Annotation Workshop at NAACL 2015


The 9th Linguistic Annotation Workshop will be held in conjunction with
the Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for
Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT
2015), taking place May 31 to June 5 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Important Dates
Feb 25, 2015 Paper submission deadline
Mar 20, 2015 Notification of acceptance
Mar 30, 2015 Camera-ready deadline
Jun 05, 2015 LAW IX at NAACL 2015

Workshop Description

Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the backbone of
supervised methods for statistical natural language processing. It also
provides valuable data for evaluation of both rule-based and supervised
systems and can help formalize and study linguistic phenomena.

The LAW provides a forum for presentation and discussion of innovative
research on all aspects of linguistic annotation, including
creation/evaluation of annotation schemes, methods for automatic
and manual annotation, use and evaluation of annotation software and
frameworks, representation of linguistic data and annotations, etc.

Special Theme

This year, we in particular welcome contributions that address the
workshop theme:

*Syntactic Annotation of Non-canonical Language*

Papers will be solicited that address questions such as, what is the
best unit of analysis for data where we don't have sentence boundaries,
or even systematic word boundaries? How do we best deal with elliptical
structures, missing elements, code switching, and phenomena such as
hashtags in computer-mediated language (CMC)? What is the best way of
representing disfluencies in the syntax tree?

More information on this years' special theme can be found here:

Submission Topics

We welcome submissions of long and short papers, posters, and
demonstrations, relating to the topics of the special theme and to any
aspect of linguistic annotation, including: Annotation procedures

* Innovative automated and manual strategies for annotation
* Machine learning and knowledge-based methods for automation
of corpus annotation
* Creation, maintenance, and interactive exploration of annotation
structures and annotated data

Annotation evaluation:

* Inter-annotator agreement and other evaluation metrics and
* Qualitative evaluation of linguistic representation

Annotation access and use

* Representation formats/structures for merged annotations of
different phenomena, and means to explore/manipulate them
* Linguistic considerations for merging annotations of distinct

Annotation guidelines and standards

* Best practices for annotation procedures and/or development and
documentation of annotation schemes
* Interoperability of annotation
formats and/or frameworks among different systems as well as
different tasks, frameworks, modalities, and languages

Annotation software and frameworks

* Development, evaluation and/or innovative use of annotation
software frameworks

Annotation schemes

* New and innovative annotation schemes
* Comparison of annotation schemes

Submission Details

The papers should report original and unpublished research on topics of
interest for the workshop. The maximum length is eight (8) pages of
content for long papers or four (4) pages of content for short papers,
posters, and demonstrations, plus up to two (2) pages of references.

For more information on the submission details please visit

Submission deadline: February 25th, 2015, 23:59 GMT.

Submission site: please submit your paper in PDF format via START:

Workshop Chairs

Adam Meyers (New York University)
Ines Rehbein (Potsdam University)
Heike Zinsmeister (University of Hamburg)

Organising Committee

Stefanie Dipper (Ruhr University Bochum)
Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Lori Levin (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Sameer Pradhan (Harvard University)
Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam)
Katrin Tomanek (VigLink Inc.)
Fei Xia (University of Washington)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)

Programme Committee

Archna Bhatia (Carnegie Mellon University)
Özlem Çetinoğlu (University of Stuttgart)
Christian Chiarcos (University of Frankfurt)
Markus Dickinson (Indiana University)
Stefanie Dipper (Ruhr University Bochum)
Tomaž Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute)
Kilian Evang (University of Groningen)
Pablo Faria (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)
Jennifer Foster (Dublin City University)
Andrew Gargett (University of Birmingham)
Kim Gerdes (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3)
Nizar Habash (New York University Abu Dhabi)
Udo Hahn (Univ Jena)
Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania)
Varada Kolhatkar (University of Toronto)
Valia Kordoni (Humboldt University Berlin)
Sandra Kübler (Indiana University)
John S. Y. Lee (City University of Hong Kong)
Els Lefever (University College Ghent)
Lori Levin (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe (Ohio State University)
Amália Mendes (Universidade di Lisboa)
Anna Nedoluzhko (Chareles University Prague)
Kemal Oflazer (Carnegie-Mellon University, Qatar)
Lilja Øvrelid (University of Oslo)
Alexis Palmer (University of Stuttgart)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Sameer Pradhan (Harvard University)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
Arndt Riester (University of Stuttgart)
Nathan Schneider (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Djamé Seddah (Université Paris Sorbonne & INRIA's Alpage Project)
Anders Søgaard (University of Copenhagen)
Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam)
Joel Tetrault (Yahoo! Labs)
Katrin Tomanek (VigLink Inc.)
Reut Tsafarty (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
Yulia Tsvetkov (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Andreas Witt (IDS Mannheim)
Fei Xia (University of Washington)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)

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