TextInfer 2011 Workshop on Textual Entailment

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
TextInfer 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Scotland, UK
Contact Email: 
Stefan Thater
Sebastian Pado
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 22 April 2011

TextInfer 2011


Workshop URL: https://sites.google.com/site/textinfer2011/

Textual inference and paraphrase have attracted a significant amount of attention in recent years. Many NLP tasks, including question answering, information extraction, and text summarization, can be mapped at least partially onto the recognition of textual entailments and the detection of semantic equivalence between texts. Robust and accurate algorithms and resources for inference and paraphrasing can therefore be beneficial for a broad range of NLP applications, and have generally stimulated research in the area of applied semantics.

TextInfer 2011 aims to bring together empirical approaches (which have tended to dominate previous textual entailment events) with more formal approaches to inference (which are often presented at events like ICoS or IWCS). We feel that the time is ripe for researchers from both groups to join for this event, with the goal of establishing a discussion on how the two approaches relate to one another, and how to define interfaces between the two methodologies.

In this spirit, TextInfer 2011 invites both theoretical and applied research contributions on topics related to textual inference and paraphrasing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Representation of lexical and phrasal meaning; syntax-semantics interface
  • Modeling lexicon and context in semantic interpretation
  • Representing and resolving semantic ambiguity
  • Architectural questions: shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning; rule-based and probabilistic methods
  • Building and using ontologies to model inference
  • Computational modeling of linguistic theories
  • Learning textual inference rules and paraphrases from data
  • Applications of textual inference
  • Evaluation methodologies of textual inference and paraphrasing
  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of methods, data, and errors
  • Multilingual and language-independent techniques for textual inference and paraphrasing

TextInfer will be co-located with EMNLP 2011, at Edinburgh, Scotland and will take place on July 30, 2011.


  • April 22, 2011: Papers due
  • May 20, 2011: Notification of acceptance
  • June 03, 2011: Camera-ready deadline
  • July 30, 2011: Workshop


Authors are invited to submit papers on original, unpublished work in the topic
area of this workshop. We distinguish two types of papers:

  • Long papers present completed work and should not exceed 9 pages
    (plus any number of additional pages with references only)
  • Short papers present work in progress and should not exceed 4 pages
    (plus two additional pages of references)

As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. The papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations or any references to web sites, project names etc. revealing the authors' identity.

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2011 proceedings, see the official style files at http://www.acl2011.org/call.shtml.

Authors may submit the same paper at several conferences. In this case they must notify the organisers in a separate mail to textinfer2011@nlpado.de, so we know that the paper might be withdrawn depending on the results at some other conference. Withdrawals must be notified by May 26th, 2011.



  • Sebastian Pado, Heidelberg University
  • Stefan Thater, Saarland University

Organizing Committe

  • Peter Clark, Vulcan Inc.
  • Ido Dagan, Bar-Ilan University
  • Katrin Erk, University of Texas at Austin
  • Fabio Massimo Zanzotto, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Program Committee

  • Richard Bergmair, University of Cambridge
  • Johan Bos, University of Groningen
  • Aljoscha Burchardt, DFKI GmbH
  • Chris Callison-Burch, John Hopkins University
  • Phillip Cimiano, Bielefeld University
  • David Clausen, Stanford University
  • Ann Copestake, Cambridge University
  • Kees van Deemter, Aberdeen University
  • Bill Dolan, Microsoft Research
  • Mark Dras, Macquarie University
  • Markus Egg, HU Berlin
  • Anette Frank, Heidelberg University
  • Claire Gardent, LORIA
  • Andy Hickl, Extractiv/Swingly
  • Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto
  • Jerry Hobbs, USC/ISI
  • Kentaro Inui Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Ulrich Krieger, DFKI
  • Piroska Lendvai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Bill MacCartney, Google
  • Bernardo Magnini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Stanford University
  • Erwin Marsi, NTNU
  • Yashar Mehdad, FBK
  • Detmar Meurers, Tuebingen University
  • Shachar Mirkin, Bar-Ilan University
  • Dan Moldovan, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Robero Navigli, University of Rome
  • Patrick Pantel, Microsoft Research
  • Marco Pennacchiotti, Yahoo!
  • Ian Pratt-Hartmann, Manchester University
  • Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Satoshi Sato, Nagoya University
  • Satoshi Sekine, New York University
  • Idan Szpektor, Yahoo!
  • Ivan Titov, Saarland University
  • Antonio Toral, Dublin City University
  • Kentaro Torisawa, NICT
  • Annie Zaenen, PARC