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When Sep 13, 2020 - Sep 14, 2020
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline May 20, 2020
Notification Due Jun 24, 2020
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers


September 13-14, 2020, Barcelona, Spain
Co-located with COLING 2020

Submission deadline: May 20



We are pleased to announce that SIGLEX, the ACL Special Interest Group on
the Lexicon, is organizing the 9th Joint Conference on Lexical and
Computational Semantics: STARSEM 2020. This time STARSEM will be co-located
with COLING in Barcelona (Spain), and it will take place on the 13-14 of
September 2020.

STARSEM brings together researchers interested in the semantics of natural
languages and its computational modeling. The conference embraces symbolic
and probabilistic approaches, and everything in between; theoretical
contributions as well as practical applications are welcome. The long-term
goal of STARSEM is to provide a stable forum for the growing number of NLP
researchers working on all aspects of semantics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Lexical semantics and word representations
- Compositional semantics and sentence representations
- Statistical, machine learning and deep learning methods for semantics
- Multilingual and cross-lingual semantics
- Word sense disambiguation and induction
- Semantic parsing; syntax-semantics interface
- Frame semantics and semantic role labeling
- Textual inference, entailment and question answering
- Formal approaches to semantics
- Extraction of events and causal and temporal relations
- Entity linking; pronouns and coreference
- Discourse, pragmatics, and dialogue
- Machine reading
- Extra-propositional aspects of meaning
- Multiword and idiomatic expressions
- Metaphor, irony, and humour
- Knowledge mining and acquisition
- Common sense reasoning
- Language generation
- Semantics in NLP applications: sentiment analysis, abusive language
detection, summarization, fact-checking, etc.
- Multidisciplinary research on semantics
- Grounding and multimodal semantics
- Human semantic processing
- Semantic annotation, evaluation, and resources
- Ethical aspects and bias in semantic representations

We encourage authors to think about the ethical aspects of their work, and
to address and discuss all ethical questions and implications relevant to
their research.

*SEM values reproducibility and particularly welcomes submissions that
adhere to the reproducibility guidelines as specified in:

Important dates
Paper submission deadline: May 20, 2020
Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2020
STARSEM conference: September 13-14, 2020

General Chair: Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Program Chairs: Marianna Apidianaki, University of Helsinki
Manaal Faruqui, Google Assistant

Submission instructions
Submissions to STARSEM 2020 must describe unpublished work and be
written in English. We solicit both long and short papers.

Long papers describe original research and may consist of up to eight
(8) pages of content, plus unlimited pages for references. Final
versions of long papers will be given one additional page of content
(up to 9 pages) so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account.

Short papers describe original focused research and may consist of up to
four (4) pages, plus unlimited pages for references. Upon acceptance, short
papers will be given five (5) content pages in the proceedings. Authors are
encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers comments in
their final versions.

As the reviewing will be double-blind, the paper must not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal
the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." must
be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith,
1991) ...". As for online paper sharing, at STARSEM, we adopt the ACL policy
for submission, which can be found here:,_Review_and_Citation
Papers that do not conform to requirements will be rejected without
review. For a paper to be included in the conference proceedings, at least
one of the authors must be registered as a participant at the STARSEM

Submissions to STARSEM should follow this year's ACL style, as detailed

Please note that double submission of papers will need to be notified at

Submission is electronic, using the Softconf START conference management
system. The submission site is now available at:

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