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Subject: [ E-CFP ] ACRH-3: First Call for Papers
From: <marco.passarotti_(on)_unicatt.it>
Date received: 18 Mar 2013
Deadline: 15 Sep 2013
Start date: 12 Dec 2013





---- Third Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the
Humanities (ACRH-3) ----
                  -- In memory of father Roberto Busa (1913-2011)
                     --

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unpublished research on the topics described below.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 Mírovsky (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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