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Subject: [ E-CFP ] 2nd CfP: ACRH3 "Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities"
From: <csporled_(on)_coli.uni-sb.de>
Date received: 21 May 2013
Deadline: 15 Sep 2013
Start date: 12 Dec 2013





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                 Third Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for
                 Research in the Humanities (ACRH-3)

 -- In memory of father Roberto Busa (1913-2011) --

 *** Submission deadline: September 15, 2013 ***
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The third edition of the Workshop on "Annotation of Corpora for
Research in the Humanities" (ACRH-3) will be held on December 12,
2013 at the University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
(http://www.bultreebank.org/ACRH-3/).

Submissions are invited for oral presentations and posters (with
or without demonstrations) featuring high quality and previously
unpublished research on the topics described below. Contributions
should focus on results from completed as well as ongoing
research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas,
and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or
computational.

Proceedings will be published in time for the workshop. The full
proceedings of the previous two editions of ACRH are respectively
available at www.jlcl.org (ACRH-1) and at
http://alfclul.clul.ul.pt/crpc/acrh2/ACRH-2_FINAL.pdf (ACRH-2).

The workshop will be co-located with the Twelfth International
Workshop on "Treebanks and Linguistic Theories" (TLT-12), which
will be held on December 13-14, 2013
(http://www.bultreebank.org/TLT12/).

This edition of ACRH will be dedicated to the memory of father
Roberto Busa, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth
(November 28, 1913). ACRH-3 will devote one special session to
father Busa. This section will feature one introduction and one
invited talk, which will be given by the recipient of the 2013
Busa Award, Prof. Willard McCarty (King's College, London, UK).

MOTIVATION AND AIMS

Research in the Humanities is predominantly text-based. For
centuries scholars have studied documents such as historical
manuscripts, literary works, legal contracts, diaries of
important personalities, old tax records etc.

Manual analysis of such documents is still the dominant research
paradigm in the Humanities. However, with the advent of the
digital age this is increasingly complemented by approaches that
utilise digital resources. More and more corpora are made
available in digital form (theatrical plays, contemporary novels,
critical literature, literary reviews etc.). This has a
potentially profound impact on how research is conducted in the
Humanities.

Digitised sources can be searched more easily than traditional,
paper-based sources, allowing scholars to analyse texts quicker
and more systematically. Moreover, digital data can also be
(semi-)automatically mined: important facts, trends and
interdependencies can be detected, complex statistics can be
calculated and the results can be visualised and presented to the
scholars, who can then delve further into the data for
verification and deeper analysis.

Digitisation encourages empirical research, opening the road for
completely new research paradigms that exploit `big data' for
humanities research. This has also given rise to Digital
Humanities (or E-Humanities) as a new research area.

Digitisation is only a first step, however. In their raw form,
electronic corpora are of limited use to humanities researchers.
The true potential of such resources is only unlocked if corpora
are enriched with different layers of linguistic annotation
(ranging from morphology to semantics). While corpus annotation
can build on a long tradition in (corpus) linguistics and
computational linguistics, corpus and computational linguistics
on the one side and the Humanities on the other side have grown
apart over the past decades.

The ACRH workshop aims at building a tighter collaboration
between people working in various areas of the Humanities (such
as literature, philology, history etc.) and the research
community involved in developing, using and making accessible
annotated corpora. We believe that such a collaboration is now
needed because, while annotating a corpus from scratch still
remains a labor-intensive and time-consuming task, today this is
simplified by intensively exploiting prior experience in the
field. Actually, such a interplay is still quite far from being
achieved, as a gap still holds between computational linguists
(who sometimes do not involve humanists in developing and
exploiting annotated corpora for the Humanities) and humanists
(who sometimes just ignore that such corpora do exist and that
automatic methods and standards to build them are today
available).

Although many corpora that play a relevant role for research in
Humanities are today available in digital format, only a few of
them are linguistically tagged, while most still lack linguistic
tagging at all. Over the past few years a number of historical
annotated corpora have been started, among which are treebanks
for Middle, Early Modern and Old English, Early New High German,
Medieval Portuguese, Ugaritic, Latin, Ancient Greek and several
translations of the New Testament into Indo-European languages.
The experience of these ever-growing set of projects can provide
many suggestions on the methodology as well as on the practice of
interaction between literary studies, philology and corpus
linguistics.

TOPICS

To overcome the above mentioned issues, ACRH-3 aims at covering a
wide range of topics related to the annotation of corpora for
research in the Humanities.

The topics to be addressed in the workshop include (but are not
limited to) the following:

- specific issues related to the annotation of corpora for
  research in the Humanities

- annotated corpora as a basis for research in the Humanities

- diachronic, historical and literary annotated corpora

- use of annotated corpora for stylometrics and authorship
  attribution

- philological issues, like different readings, textual variants,
  apparatus, non-standard orthography and spelling variation

- annotation principles and schemes of corpora for research in
  the Humanities

- adaptation of NLP tools for older language varieties

- integration of annotated corpora for the Humanities into
  language resources infrastructures

- tools for building and accessing annotated corpora for the
  Humanities

- examples of fruitful collaboration between Computational
  Linguistics and Humanities in building and exploiting annotated
  corpora

INVITED SPEAKER: Willard McCarty (King's College, London, UK)

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadlines: always midnight, UTC ('Coordinated Universal Time'),
ignoring DST ('Daylight Saving Time'):

- Deadline for paper submission: September 15, 2013

- Notification of acceptance: October 18, 2013

- Final version of paper: November 17, 2013

- Workshop: December 12, 2013

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION

We invite to submit full papers describing original, unpublished
research related to the topics of the workshop. Papers should not
exceed 12 pages.

The language of the workshop is English. All papers must be
submitted in well-checked English.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format only. Submissions have
to be made via the EasyChair page of the workshop at
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acrh3. Please, first
register at EasyChair if you do not have an EasyChair account.

The style guidelines follow the specifications required by TLT.
They can be found here:
http://www.bultreebank.org/ACRH-3/StyleGuidelines.html.

Please, note that as reviewing will be double-blind, the papers
should not include the authors' names and affiliations or any
references to web-sites, project names etc. revealing the
authors' identity. Furthermore, any self-reference should be
avoided. For instance, instead of "We previously showed (Brown,
2001)...", use citations such as "Brown previously showed (Brown,
2001)...". Each submitted paper will be reviewed by three members
of the program committee.

Submitted papers can be for oral or poster presentations (with or
without demo). There is no difference between the different kinds
of presentation both in terms of reviewing process and
publication in the proceedings (the limit of 12 pages holds for
both oral and poster presentations).

ORAL PRESENTATION

The oral presentations at the workshop will be 30 minutes long
(25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and
discussion).

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIRS

- Francesco Mambrini (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin,
  Germany)

- Marco Passarotti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan,
  Italy)

- Caroline Sporleder (University of Trier, Germany)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS

- Stefanie Dipper (Germany)

- Voula Giouli (Greece)

- Iris Hendrickx (Portugal)

- Erhard Hinrichs (Germany)

- Cerstin Mahlow (Switzerland)

- Alexander Mehler (Germany)

- Jirí Mírovský (Czech Republic)

- Christian-Emil Smith Ore (Norway)

- Michael Piotrowski (Germany)

- Paul Rayson (UK)

- Martin Reynaert (The Netherlands)

- Jeff Rydberg Cox (USA)

- Kiril Simov (Bulgaria)

- Stefan Sinclair (Canada)

- Mark Steedman (UK)

- Frank Van Eynde (Belgium)

- Martin Wynne (UK)

LOCAL ORGANIZATION

- Petya Osenova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)

- Kiril Simov (IICT-BAS)

- Stanislava Kancheva (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)

- Georgi Georgiev (Ontotext)

- Borislav Popov (Ontotext)

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Caroline Sporleder Computational Linguistics & Digital Humanities
Trier University
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