Computational Extraction, Analysis and Exploitation

ACL'2001 Conference
Toulouse, France
July 7th, 2001

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.

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): 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.




Workshop paper submissions
April 8, 2001
Notification of acceptance
April 30, 2001
Deadline for camera-ready papers
May 13, 2001


July 7th, 2001


Submissions must be in English, no more than 8 pages long, and in the two-column format prescribed by ACL'2001. Please see 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 Daille