ADACA-01 Discourse Workshop (W1)

Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 
30 Sep 2012
Event Dates: 
15 Dec 2012
Location: 
at COLING 2012
City: 
Mumbai
Country: 
India

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ADACA-01 Discourse Workshop (W1) at COLING 2012
Mumbai, India
NEWSLETTER NO. 1
(August 22, 2012)

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Workshop general chair: Eva Hajicova,
Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Workshop web page:
https://wiki.ufal.ms.mff.cuni.cz/coling_2012_discourse_workshop

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:: Important Dates
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September 30, 2012: Workshop paper submission deadline
(11:59pm Cetral European time, GMT+2)
October 31, 2012: Notification of acceptance
November 15, 2012: Camera ready paper due
December 15th, 2012 (Saturday): Workshop date

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:: Table of Contents
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1. ADACA Discourse Workshop (W1) at COLING 2012
2. Workshop Call for Papers
3. Topics of Interest
4. Position Papers

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:: 1. ADACA Discourse Workshop (W1) at COLING 2012
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The aim of the workshop is twofold:

1) to bring together and to spread an up-to-date information
on advanced computationally oriented studies in discourse
analysis, and
2) to provoke a discussion on hot issues in the domain
of the study in discourse, especially with respect to modern
methodology and to computationally and corpus oriented
research and its possible applications.

To fulfil the workshop aims specified above, the workshop will
attempt to provide a forum free of the conventional shape
of unrelated presentations on the topic.

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:: 2. Workshop Call for Papers
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Both long (up to 14 A5 pages + references) and short papers
(up to 8 A5 pages + references) are possible, please follow
the instructions for the formats of submissions for papers
for the main conference:
http://www.coling2012-iitb.org/call_for_papers.php

Submission and reviewing will be online, managed by the START
system. The only accepted format of submitted papers is PDF.
Submissions must be uploaded on the START system before
the submission deadline, which is September 30th, 2012
(11:59pm Central European time, GTM+2).
To submit a paper, go to the paper submission page:
https://www.softconf.com/coling2012/ADACA01/

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:: 3. Topics of Interest
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Among the issues proposed to be discussed are:

- Intra-sentential and inter-sentential relations:
commonalities and differences
- Explicit and implicit relations of coherence of discourse;
means of implicit relations.
- What corpora annnotation of discourse relations and related
phenomena can reveal?
- Annotation efforts undertaken in languages other than English,
and their contribution to advances in Language Technologies
and to a greater cross-linguistic understanding of coherence
relations, their complexity and their lexicalization.
- Advances in empirically-driven discourse-level methods
of language processing (discourse parsing, sense detection)
and their impact on theoretical understanding of discourse
structure
- Discourse and dialogue, commonalities and differences
(e.g. dialogue act standardisation)
- Text segmentation and modelling of coherence in texts, twits,
dialogues, monologues etc.
- Structures other than coherence relations that discourse
manifests (e.g. layout or "document structure"),
or structures specific to particular genres (news report,
scientific papers, errata, etc.)

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:: 4. Position Papers
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The invitation to present a position paper (with a provisional
topics as given below) has already been accepted by:

Prof. Katheleen McKeown, Columbia University, New York, USA:
What is needed and what can help for people who want to use
discourse relations in tasks such as NL generation or text
summarization.

Prof. Kristiina Jokinen, Helsinki University, Finland:
New Information in Wikitalk - story telling for information
presentation

Nianwen (Bert) Xue, Assistant Professor Brandeis University. USA:
Explicit and implicit discourse relations from a cross-lingual
perspective – from experience in working on Chinese discourse
annotation