META-RESEARCH Workshop on Advanced Treebanking

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Call for Papers
Co-located with LREC 2012
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 20 February 2012

META-RESEARCH Workshop on Advanced Treebanking (@ LREC 2012)

********** Submission deadline: Feb. 20, 2012 ************

Submission page:

Call for papers

The Workshop

Many EU and world-wide projects and research groups are creating,
standardizing, converting and/or using treebanks, thereby often
tackling the same issues and reinventing methods and tools. The
workshop has been conceived by four projects, namely T4ME, META-NORD,
CESAR and META4U, which under the META-NET umbrella project strive to
make many treebanks and other LRT available for R&D. However, the
workshop is not limited to participants of META-NET, but it is widely
open: papers of authors of any origin will be welcome to share their
experiences among those working in this area. Also, papers on using
treebanks in innovative ways and/or analyzing issues with current
treebanks (both in content and format) will be welcome, to provide
feedback to treebank developers. The emphasis is not on linguistic
theory or grammar, but on treebanks as language resources.

The Call

As part of the LREC-2012 Language Resources Conference, to be held in
Istanbul, Turkey, the META-RESEARCH Workshop on Advanced Treebanking
invites papers on all aspects of treebanking, especially but not
limited to

- Treebank annotation (manual, semi-automatic, automatic) and related
issues such as quality control, searching large collections of
treebanks, parallel treebanks

- Treebank conversion between different linguistic representations
(e.g. dependency vs. phrase-based) and between different formats

- Treebank standardization and format unification across languages and

- Combinations of treebanks and other annotations - including but
not limited to semantic role labeling, named entity annotation,
discourse annotation, information structure

- Tools and online web services for the management of treebanks,
visualization, search, processing, upload and download, etc.

- Innovative use of treebanks in all areas of natural language
research and applications

- Reuse of treebank annotation for non-traditional purposes and in
related disciplines (cognitive science, psycholinguistics, etc.)

- Improving the use of current treebanks in linguistic and computational R&D.

Oral presentations will have around 20 minutes each; demonstrations
and poster presentations will be encouraged (but optional) in addition
to the oral presentations, during the entire workshop in the meeting
room to stimulate discussions.

Submissions cannot be more than 8 pages long and will be reviewed
using the START system in the usual double-blind fashion, with at
least three reviews for each submission by the members of the
Programme Committee. Authors will be asked to provide details about
the resources used when preparing material for the paper (see and to the Language
Library, the new initiative of LREC 2012.

For submission format, please follow the same general instructions as
for the main LREC conference published at

The submissions are now open at


Jan Hajic,, Charles Univ., Prague, Czech Rep.
Koenraad De Smedt,, Univ. of Bergen, Norway
Marko Tadic,, Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia
Antonio Branco,, University of Lisbon, Portugal


Submission: Monday, February 20, 2012
Decision: Monday, March 19, 2012
Camera Ready in START: Wednesday, March, 28, 2012
Workshop date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Programme Committee

Antonio Branco, Portugal
Sabine Buchholz, United Kingdom
Khalid Choukri, France
Silvie Cinkova, Czech Rep.
Dan Cristea, Romania
Koenraad De Smedt, Norway
Rebecca Dridan, Australia
Jan Hajic, Czech Rep.
Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Germany
Nancy Ide, USA
Daisuke Kawahara, Japan
Valia Kordoni, Germany
Sandra Kuebler, USA
Krister Linden, Finland
Montserrat Marimon, Spain
Adam Meyers, USA
Joakim Nivre, Sweden
Stephan Oepen, Norway
Marco Passarotti, Italy
Patrice Pognan, France
Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland
Eirikur Rognvaldsson, Iceland
Victoria Rosen, Norway
Maria Simkova, Slovakia
Inguna Skandina, Latvia
Pavel Stranak, Czech Rep.
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Dan Tufis, Romania
Barbora Vidova Hladka, Czech Rep.
Juergen Wedekind, Denmark
Fei Xia, USA
Daniel Zeman, Czech Rep.