WORKSHOP ON COLLOCATION
Computational Extraction, Analysis and Exploitation
We invite papers on topics relating to the theme of collocation and more
particularly their computational extraction, analysis and exploitation.
This workshop follows the French ATALA workshop on collocation which took
place in Paris, France on January 2001 and seeks to go forward so as to
explore the wider perspective of computational linguistics.
July 7th, 2001
The term "collocation" was introduced in the nineteen thirties by J.
R. Firth, founder member of the British Contextualist school, to characterise
certain linguistic phenomena of cooccurrence that stem principally from
the linguistic competence of native speakers (Firth 1957). By its very
nature collocation remains a relatively fuzzy concept, the consequence
of which being that traditional grammarians and semanticists have tended
to ignore it, the exception being some lexical semanticists as Cruse (1986).
The study of collocation is above all a practical one aimed at assisting
language learners and translators in their tasks.
Essentially idiomatic in nature, collocation defies rigid formalisation
which explains the existence of different schools of thought between those
seeking a descriptive contextualised view of linguistic phenomena and those
who seeks formalised applications for translation, lexicography or computational
purposes. This has led to a variety of approaches based around a general
core meaning for the phenomenon.
For several years, NLP has been concerned with collocation largely through
the following fields:
This workshop aims to guage the extend to which the role of collocation
as a phenomenon in applied linguistics is now being taken into account
in formal linguistics and NLP and addresses the following topics (not limitative):
Formalisation through specialised formalisms for different NLP tasks: dictionary
formalism such as lexical function; HPSG, LFG, TAG, ... formalisms for
analysis or generation.
Extraction from monolingual or bilingual texts or dictionairies using either
raw statistics or statistics combined with linguistic information such
as part-of-speech or grammar dependancy.
Exploitation through specific NLP systems dedicated to second language
learning or translation, or for such NLP tasks as information retrieval
or thematic structuration.
This workshop addresses researchers in all fields of theoretical and applied
computational linguistics and most particularly those working in automatic
and assisted machine translation, dictionnary building and computationally
assisted language teaching as well as those concerned with information
retrieval and text mining.
Formal description of collocation through existing or dedicated specialised
New methods adopted for the identification of collocations. This would
include statistics and also more linguistic oriented methods.
NLP systems dedicated to collocation.
Exploitation of collocations for other NLP tasks through monolingual or
Béatrice Daille IRIN - University of Nantes,
France - firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoffrey Williams CRELLIC - University of Bretagne-Sud,
France - Geoffrey.Williams@univ-ubs.fr
Jeremy Clear, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
Pernilla Danielsson, TELRI
Chris Gledhill, University of St Andrews
Syvain Kahane, LaTTiCe/TALaNa
Marie-Claude L'Homme, University of Montreal
Julia Pajzs, Hungarian Academy of Science
Antoinette Renouf, University of Liverpool
Alain Polguère, OLST - University of Montreal
Laurent Romary, LORIA
Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy - RACAI
Jean Véronis, University of Provence
Leo Wanner, University of Stuttgart
Workshop paper submissions
April 8, 2001
Notification of acceptance
April 30, 2001
Deadline for camera-ready papers
May 13, 2001
July 7th, 2001
SUBMISSION FORMAT AND INSTRUCTIONS
Submissions must be in English, no more than 8 pages long, and in the two-column
format prescribed by ACL'2001. Please see http://acl2001.dfki.de/style/
for the detailed guidelines; however, please put the authors' names, rather
than a paper id, since reviewing will not be
blind. Submissions should be sent electronically in either Word, pdf,
or postscript format (only) no later than April 8, 2001 to: Béatrice