The 5th Linguistic Annotation Workshop (at ACL HLT 2011) -- DEADLINE EXTENSION

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Thursday, 23 June 2011 to Friday, 24 June 2011
Nancy Ide
Adam Meyers
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 8 April 2011


(In response to requests from Japanese colleagues, we have extended
the paper submission deadline by 1 week.)

The 5th Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW V)

Held in conjunction with ACL/HLT 2011, Portland, Oregon, June 23-24.

Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group on Annotation (SIGANN)

Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the backbone of
supervised methods of statistical natural language processing, as well
as other types of corpus-based research. The Fifth LAW will provide a
forum for presentation and discussion of innovative research on all
aspects of linguistic annotation, including creation/evaluation of
annotation schemes, methods for automatic and manual annotation, use
and evaluation of annotation software and frameworks, representation
of linguistic data and annotations, etc. As in the past, the LAW will
provide a forum for annotation researchers to work towards
standardization, best practices, and interoperability of annotation
information and software.

We invite submissions of long (8 pages) and short (4 pages) papers,
posters, and demonstrations relating to any aspect of the linguistic
annotation, including:

Annotation procedures
o Innovative automated and manual strategies for annotation
o Machine learning and knowledge-based methods for automation of
corpus annotation
o Creation, maintenance, and interactive exploration of annotation
structures and annotated data

Annotation evaluation
o Inter-annotator agreement and other evaluation metrics and
o Qualitative evaluation of linguistic representation

Annotation access and use
o Representation formats/structures for merged annotations of
different phenomena, and means to explore/manipulate them
o Linguistic considerations for merging annotations of distinct

Annotation guidelines and standards
o Best practices for annotation procedures and/or development and
documentation of annotation schemes
o Interoperability of annotation formats and/or frameworks among
different systems as well as different tasks, frameworks, modalities,
and languages

Annotation software and frameworks
o Development, evaluation and/or innovative use of annotation software

Annotation schemes
o New and innovative annotation schemes
o Comparison of annotation schemes

The special themes for LAW V
o Solutions for interoperability of different annotations schemes
o Using combinations of different annotation layers to improve
accuracy of automatic annotation software


Long paper submissions are limited 8 pages in length plus
references. Posters and demo descriptions are limited to 4 pages plus
references. Format requirements are the same as for full papers of
HLT/ACL 2011. See for
style files. Submission will be electronic, using the Workshop's
submission webpage at START:
Please indicate on the front page: ‐ long paper, poster, or
demonstration proposal; ‐ all applicable paper categories from the
following list (indicate multiple categories if appropriate):
annotation frameworks and/or physical formats, annotation scheme
design (on linguistic grounds), annotation tools and systems, corpus
annotation, syntax, semantics, predicate‐argument structure,
morphology, anaphora, discourse, opinion/sentiment; ‐ language(s) your
work applies to, as well and those you plan to handle in the
future. If your work is language independent, indicate this as well; ‐
any non‐standard equipment needed for your paper or demonstration.
All papers must be written and presented in English.

The reviewing of the papers will be blind. The paper should not
include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore,
self‐citations and other references (e.g. to projects, corpora, or
software) that could reveal the author's identity should be
avoided. For example, instead of "We previously showed (Smith, 1991)
...", write "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

Important Dates
** April 08, 2011 Papers due
April 25, 2011 Notification of Acceptance
May 06, 2011 Camera‐ready final version due

Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Adam Meyers (New York University)

Organizing Committee Members
Chu‐Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Antonio Pareja‐Lora (SIC, UCM / OEG, UPM)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Manfred Stede (Universitat Potsdam)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)

Program Committee Co‐Chairs
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Katrin Tomanek (Friedrich‐Schiller‐Universität Jena)

Program Committee Members

Pushpak Bhattacharyya (IIT Bombay)
Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC/CNR)
Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute)
Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
Charles Fillmore (ICSI/UC Berkeley)
Chu‐Ren Huang (Hong Kong Polytechnic)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Richard Johansson (Lund University)
Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania)
Edward Loper (BBN Technologies)
Adam Meyers (New York University)
Antonio Pareja‐Lora (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
Manfred Stede (Universität Potsdam)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)