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Recent Advances in RST and Related Forma 2017 : 6th Workshop Recent Advances in RST and Related Formalisms


When Sep 4, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017
Where Spain
Submission Deadline Jun 2, 2017
Notification Due Jul 3, 2017
Final Version Due Jul 20, 2017
Categories    NLP   discourse

Call For Papers

First Call for Papers
Rhetorical Structure Theory, and in general the study of coherence relations, has experienced a revival in the last few years, in English and in other languages (da Cunha 2016; Iruskieta et al. 2016; Matthiessen & Teruya 2015; Zeldes 2016). Multiple sites are now actively engaged in the development of discourse parsers (Feng and Hirst 2014; Joty et al. 2015; Surdeanu et al. 2015; Xue 2016), as a goal in themselves, but also with applications in mind such as sentiment analysis, argumentation mining, summarization, question answering, or machine translation evaluation (Benamara et al., to appear; Gerani et al. to appear; Durrett et al. 2016; Peldszus & Stede 2016; Scarton et al. 2016; Schouten & Frasincar 2016; among many others).

The proposed workshop follows a series of specialized events on Rhetorical Structure Theory and discourse studies, organized first in Brazil (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) as part of Brazilian NLP conferences, and then in Spain in 2015, as part of the Spanish NLP conference (

The 6th edition of the workshop will be held on September 4th, 2017, as a satellite meeting of the International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2017 – in Spain (Santiago de Compostela). This will be broader workshop, drawing program committee members and participants not only from RST, but from the wider field of discourse parsing and coherence relations, in RST and in related theories and approximations (SDRT, PDTB, CCR). We are interested in applied papers, with a computational orientation, but also in papers that propose to move the field forward with novel theoretical contributions.

We invite submissions on the following and related topics:
- Theoretical explorations of RST (segmentation, relation inventory, cognitive status of relations)
- Relation signalling (connectives, but also any other signals)
- Discourse parsing, in RST or related theories, moving ahead from shallow to deep discourse parsing
- (Computational) applications of RST and coherence relations in general

Participants may submit long or short papers to until June 2nd, 2017. Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed eight (8) pages of content, with up to two additional pages for references. Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed four (4) pages, with up to one extra page for references. Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL Anthology proceedings and be anonymised for double blind reviewing. NAACL offers both LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates.
Call for Workshop papers or abstracts: April 2017
Submissions due: June 2, 2017
Notification of acceptance: July 3, 2017
Camera-ready papers due: July 20, 2017

Papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Papers which do not adhere to the ACL format will not be published.

Authors of accepted papers must register for INLG at

Maite Taboada (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Iria da Cunha (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain)
Paula Cardoso (Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil)
Juliano Desiderato Antonio (Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil)
Erick Galani Maziero (Interinstitutional Center for Computational Linguistics, Brazil)
Mikel Iruskieta (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Stergos Afantenos, IRIT - Université Paul Sabatier, France
Farah Benamara, IRIT - Université Paul Sabatier, France
Irene Castellon, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Christian Chiarcos, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany
Maria Beatriz Nascimento Decat, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Arantza Diaz de Ilarraza, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Flavius Frasincar, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Maria Eduarda Giering, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
Nancy Green, University of North Carolina, USA
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
Kerstin Kunz, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Julia Lavid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Jiri Mirovsky, Charles University, Czech Republic
Anna Nedoluzhko, Charles University, Czech Republic
Thiago Pardo, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Lucie Polakova, Charles University, Czech Republic
Gisela Redeker, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Hannah Rohde, University of Edinburgh, UK
Horacio Saggion, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Gerardo Sierra, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Christian Stab, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Manfred Stede, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Juan-Manuel Torres, Laboratoire Informatique d'Avignon, France
Nianwen Xue, Brandeis University, USA
Amir Zeldes, Georgetown University, USA

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