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Verb 2010 : Interdisciplinary Workshop on Verbs. The Identification and Representation of Verb Features


When Nov 4, 2010 - Nov 5, 2010
Where Pisa, Italy
Submission Deadline Jun 20, 2010
Notification Due Aug 1, 2010
Final Version Due Sep 15, 2010
Categories    linguistics   NLP

Call For Papers

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Verbs
The Identification and Representation of Verb Features
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa 4-5 November 2010

1. Workshop Description

Verbs and their features have always received wide attention
in various disciplines concerned with linguistic research,
since their contribution is essential to the structure and
the interpretation of language. In recent years, the availability
of new lexical resources and increasingly large corpora, the
application of empirical methods and statistical algorithms and
the development of technical devices such as eye-trackers and
magnetic resonance imaging has led to advances in several
linguistic areas.

Their great interest and relevance notwithstanding, verbs still
defy attempts by linguists and cognitive scientists to achieve
a clear understanding of their organisational principles, as well
as of the features entering into their constitution. Verb
complexity derives not only from their notoriously high polysemy,
but also and especially from the fact that verbs are crucially
the cornerstone of the syntax-semantics interface. The semantic
behaviour of verbs is therefore strongly intertwined with the
syntagmatic constraints governing their distributions. As a
consequence, while there is a consensus on the multifarious nature
of verb semantic representations, the different types of verb
features analysed in the literature (e.g., event properties,
argument structure, aspect, etc.) still lie as separate pieces
of a puzzle which is far from complete.

Success in this type of research is brought about by close
collaboration between (computational) linguists and cognitive
scientists. To this end, interdisciplinary workshops can play
a key role in advancing existing and initiating new research.
This was demonstrated by the interest generated by the Verb
Workshop 2005, which received 33 submissions and was held as
a standalone event at Saarland University over 2 days. A more
clear understanding of the (computational) linguistic and
cognitive properties of verbs will bring a positive reflection
on the results of the research done within these communities.
Therefore there is a real need to provide a forum where
researchers can meet across disciplines.

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together
researchers from linguistic domains such as linguistics,
computational linguistics, computational lexicography,
psycholinguistics, cognitive science and neuroscience, in order
to discuss their perspectives on verb senses and verb features,
exchanging new ideas and methods. Such an event can help to
bridge the gap between the linguistic, computational and cognitive
communities, promote knowledge and resource sharing, and help
initiate interdisciplinary research projects.

The focus of the workshop is on the identification and
representation of verb features at the syntax-semantics interface.
Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

* Empirical studies and formal descriptions of verb
features and verb senses: these are some of the key
fundamental factors in verb treatment, and are relevant
for representing and distinguishing verbs across

* Representation of verbs by verb classes:
generalisation is crucial to the acquisition of verbs
and categorisation in cognitive linguistics, and for
many computational linguistic tasks; computational
learning of verb classes and properties provides
insights into argument alternations, verb polysemy,
selectional preferences, etc.

* Cognitively motivated models of verbs: the definition
of verb semantics according to human perception,
the collection of human judgements on verb senses
and verb properties, and psycholinguistic studies
and experiments on verbs are important interdisciplinary
contributions to verb characterisation.

* Evidence from cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology
on verb features and corpus-based methods to extract
empirical features: the distributional account of verb
senses and verb features provides essential contributions
to verb analysis. We also welcome contributions on the
use of distributional data to model (neuro)cognitive
evidence on verb representation.

* Data resources and tools: the definition of verb senses
and verb properties are important for basic and
task-oriented research; especially the annotation of
lexical verb information provides valuable data to
computational learning procedures and evaluation

* Language-specific and cross-linguistic aspects of verbs:
which verb features are specific to a language, and
which are universal?

2. Workshop Organizers

Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
Alissa Melinger (University of Dundee, UK)
Sabine Schulte im Walde (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul,
Brazil, and University of Bath, UK)

3. Program Committee

Afra Alishashi (Saarland University, Germany)
Tim Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Colin Bannard (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Roberto Basili (University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)
Nuria Bel (University Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Gemma Boleda (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Chris Brew (Ohio State University, USA)
Miriam Butt (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Amit Dubey (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Sonja Eisenbeiss (University of Essex, UK)
Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Afsaneh Fazly (Shiraz University, Iran)
Pablo Gamallo (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Tracy King (Microsoft, USA)
Jean-Pierre Koenig (University at Buffalo, USA)
Beth Levin (Stanford University, USA)
Bernardo Magnini (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
Daniela Marzo (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Diana McCarthy (Lexical Computing Ltd., UK)
Ken McRae (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Sebastian Padó (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento, Italy)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University, USA)
Anna Rumshisky (Brandeis University, USA)
Ekaterina Shutova (University of Cambridge, UK)
Suzanne Stevenson (University of Toronto, Canada)
Gabriella Vigliocco (University College London, UK)
David Vinson (University College London, UK)

4. Submission

Authors are invited to submit a 3-page PDF abstract
(including references and figures) formatted according
to the ACL stylesheet (Latex and Word stylesheets can
be downloaded from the workshop website). Abstracts must
be anonymous and submitted using the Easychair interface
available through
The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop Program

Accepted abstracts can be extended up to 5 pages (using
the same stylesheet), and will be printed in the workshop

5. Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: Jun 20, 2010
Notification of acceptance: Aug 1, 2010
Camera ready papers due: Sep 15, 2010
Workshop dates: Nov 4-5, 2010

6. Contact

You can contact the workshop organisers via email:

Detailed and up-to-date information on the workshop can
be found on the workshop homepage:

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