2017Q3 Reports: SIGLEX

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The following SIGLEX Executive Board officers are serving until summer of 2019:

  • President: Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Secretary: Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU, Qatar)
  • Information officers:
  • Marine Carpuat (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Daniel Cer (Google Inc., USA)
  • Els Lefever (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

We currently have 727 members and manage membership and mailing lists using the website that was developed by Ken Litkowski and is now managed by Preslav Nakov.

SIGLEX has two sections:

  • Multiword Expressions (MWE) section, which has currently 206 members. The MWE Section representative on the board is
    • Agata Savary (Université François Rabelais, France)
  • SemEval section, which has currently 703 members. The SemEval section representative on the board is
    • Steven Bethard (University of Arizona, USA)

SEM 2017

The Sixth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (* SEM 2017), co-organized by SIGLEX and SIGSEM, was co-located with ACL 2017 in Vancouver (Canada) and took place on the 3-4th of August 2017.


  • The general chair
    • Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
  • The programme co-chairs
    • Aurelie Herbelot, University of Trento, Italy
    • Lluís Màrquez, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Publication Chair
    • Sandro Pezzelle, University of Trento, Italy
  • Publicity Chair
    • Eduardo Blanco, University of North Texas, USA

Submissions: 101 papers were submitted (an increase of more than 50% on last year's edition). The final overall acceptance rate was 36%.

SemEval 2017

The SIGLEX flagship event took place in coordination with ACL 2017 and *SEM 2017


  • Steven Bethard, University of Arizona
  • Marine Carpuat, University of Maryland
  • Marianna Apidianaki, LIMSI, CNRS, University Paris-Saclay and University of Pennsylvania
  • Saif M. Mohammad, National Research Council Canada
  • Daniel Cer, Google Research
  • David Jurgens, Stanford University

SemEval 2018

22 task proposals were received, were reviewed by 34 external reviewers from the ACL community, and 12 of the tasks were selected for SemEval 2018. For more details about the event, check out http://alt.qcri.org/semeval2018/.