The 9th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2013)

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
MWE 2013 Workshop
Thursday, 13 June 2013 to Friday, 14 June 2013
Aline Villavicencio
Carlos Ramisch
Valia Kordoni
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 15 March 2013

>> Final CALL FOR PAPERS and Deadline Extension <<

The 9th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2013)

Workshop at NAACL 2013 (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), June 13/14, 2013

Endorsed by the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon of the Association
for Computational Linguistics (SIGLEX;

EXTENDED submission deadline:
Long & short papers - Mar 15, 2013 at 23:59 PDT (GMT-12)


>> Call For Papers

Under the denomination "multiword expression", one assumes a wide range of
linguistic constructions such as idioms (storm in a teacup, sweep under
the rug), fixed phrases (in vitro, by and large, rock'n roll), noun
compounds (olive oil, laser printer), compound verbs (take a nap, bring
about), etc. While easily mastered by native speakers, their
interpretation poses a major challenge for computational systems, due to
their flexible and heterogeneous nature.

For starters, MWEs are not nearly as frequent in NLP resources as they are
in real-word text, and this problem of coverage may impact the performance
of many NLP tasks. Moreover, treating MWEs also involves problems like
determining their semantics, which is not always compositional (to kick
the bucket meaning to die). In sum, MWEs are a key issue and a current
weakness for natural language parsing and generation, as well as real-life
applications depending on language technology, such as machine
translation, just to name a prominent one among many.

Thanks to the joint efforts of researchers from several fields working on
MWEs, significant progress has been made in recent years, especially
concerning the construction of large-scale language resources. For
instance, there is a large number of recent papers that focus on
acquisition of MWEs from corpora, and others that describe a variety of
techniques to find paraphrases for MWEs. Current methods use a plethora of
tools such as association measures, machine learning, syntactic patterns,
web queries, etc. A considerable body of techniques, resources and tools
to perform these tasks are now available, and are indicative of the
growing importance of the field within the NLP community.

Many of these advances are described as part of the annual workshop on
MWEs, that attracts the attention of an ever-growing community working on
a variety of languages and MWE types. The workshop has been held since
2001 in conjunction with major computational linguistics conferences (ACL,
COLING, LREC and EACL), providing an important venue for the community to
interact, share resources and tools and collaborate on efforts for
advancing the computational treatment of MWEs. Additionally, special
issues on MWEs have been published by leading journals in computational
linguistics. The latest such effort is the special issue on “Multiword
Expressions: from Theory to Practice and Use”, currently under publication
from the ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing

MWE 2013 will be the 9th event in the series. We will be interested in
major challenges in the overall process of MWE treatment, both from the
theoretical and the computational viewpoint, focusing on original research
related (but not limited) to the following topics:

- Manually and automatically constructed resources
- Representation of MWEs in dictionaries and ontologies
- MWEs in linguistic theories like HPSG, LFG and minimalism
- MWEs and user interaction
- Multilingual acquisition
- Multilingualism and MWE processing
- Models of first and second language acquisition of MWEs
- Crosslinguistic studies on MWEs
- The role of MWEs in the domain adaptation of parsers
- Integration of MWEs into NLP applications
- Evaluation of MWE treatment techniques
- Lexical, syntactic or semantic aspects of MWEs

The workshop is endorsed by ACL SIGLEX, the Special Interest Group on the
Lexicon of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

>> Submission modalities

For MWE 2013, we will accept the following submission modalities:

* Regular long papers (8 content pages + 1 page for references): Long papers
should report on solid and finished research including new experimental
results, resources and/or techniques.
* Regular short papers (4 content pages + 1 page for references): Short
papers should report on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing
research, negative results and/or philosophical discussion.

The reported research should be substantially original. The papers will be
presented orally or as a posters. The decision as to which papers will be
presented orally and which as poster will be made by the program committee
based on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. All
submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the NAACL 2013
formatting requirements (available at the NAACL 2013 website We strongly advise the use of the
provided Word or LaTeX template files.

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be
included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided as well. Papers
that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.
Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, where no
distinction will be made between papers presented orally or as posters.

Submissions should be made online through the START

system at

Please notice that, this year, you should register a user account

before you can submit a paper.

>> Important dates

Mar 15, 2013 Long & short paper submission deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT-12)
Apr 12, 2013 Notification of acceptance
Apr 26, 2013 Camera-ready deadline
Jun 13/14, 2013 MWE 2013 Workshop

>> Program Committee

Iñaki Alegria, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Dimitra Anastasiou, University of Bremen (Germany)
Doug Arnold, University of Essex (UK)
Giuseppe Attardi, Università di Pisa (Italy)
Eleftherios Avramidis, DFKI GmbH (Germany)
Tim Baldwin, University of Melbourne (Australia)
Chris Biemann, University of Darmstadt (Germany)
Francis Bond, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Antonio Branco, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Aoife Cahill, ETS (USA)
Helena Caseli, Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil)
Ken Church, IBM Research (USA)
Matthieu Constant, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (France)
Paul Cook, University of Melbourne (Australia)
Béatrice Daille, Nantes University (France)
Koenraad de Smedt, University of Bergen (Norway)
Gaël Dias, University of Caen Basse-Normandie (France)
Markus Egg, Humboldt University (Germany)
Stefan Evert, University of Darmstadt (Germany)
Afsaneh Fazly, University of Toronto (Canada)
Joaquim Ferreira da Silva, New University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Roxana Girju, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Chikara Hashimoto, National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology (Japan)
Kyo Kageura, University of Tokyo (Japan)
Su Nam Kim, University of Melbourne (Australia)
Philipp Koehn, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Ioannis Korkontzelos, University of Manchester (UK)
Brigitte Krenn, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Evita Linardaki, Hellenic Open University (Greece)
Takuya Matsuzaki, Tsujii Lab, University of Tokyo (Japan)
Yusuke Miyao, National Institute of Informatics (Japan)
Preslav Nakov, Qatar Foundation (Qatar)
Joakim Nivre, University of Uppsala (Sweden)
Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha, University of Cambridge (UK)
Jan Odijk, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Yannick Parmentier, Université d'Orléans (France)
Pavel Pecina, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Scott Piao, Lancaster University (UK)
Adam Przepiórkowski, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
Magali Sanches Duran, University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Agata Savary, Université François Rabelais Tours (France)
Ekaterina Shutova, University of Cambridge (UK)
Lucia Specia, University of Wolverhampton (UK)
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Sara Stymne, Linköping University (Sweden)
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Beata Trawinski, University of Vienna (Austria)
Yulia Tsvetkov, University of Haifa (Israel)
Yuancheng Tu, Microsoft (USA)
Kyioko Uchiyama, National Institute of Informatics (Japan)
Ruben Urizar, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Gertjan van Noord, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Tony Veale, University College Dublin (Ireland)
David Vilar, DFKI GmbH (Germany)
Veronika Vincze, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
Tom Wasow, Stanford University (USA)
Eric Wehrli, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

>> Workshop Organizers

Valia Kordoni (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Carlos Ramisch (Joseph Fourier University, France)
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

>> Contact

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to
mwe2013workshop at