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Subject: [ E-CFP ] cfp for CogALex-3 (Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon), post-COLING workshop
From: <Michael.Zock_(on)_lif.univ-mrs.fr>
Date received: 19 Aug 2012
Deadline: 15 Oct 2012
Start date: 15 Dec 2012

Apologies for multiple postings


1st Call for Papers of COGALEX

3rd Workshop on "Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon"

post-conference workshop of COLING 2012 (December 15, Mumbai,

Submission deadline: October 15, 2012



The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers
involved in the construction and application of electronic
dictionaries to discuss modifications of existing resources in
line with the users' needs, thereby fully exploiting the
advantages of the digital form. Given the breadth of the
questions, we welcome reports on work from many perspectives,
including but not limited to: computational lexicography,
psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, language learning and


The way we look at dictionaries, their creation and use, has
changed dramatically over the past 30 years. (1°) While being
considered as an appendix to grammar in the past, they have in
the meantime moved to centre stage. Indeed, there is hardly any
task in NLP which can be conducted without them. (2°) Also, many
lexicographers work nowadays with huge digital corpora, using
language technology to build and to maintain the lexicon. (3°)
Last, but not least, rather than being static entities (data-base
view), dictionaries are now viewed as graphs, whose nodes and
links (connection strengths) may change over time. Interestingly,
properties concerning topology, clustering and evolution known
from other disciplines (society, economy, human brain) also apply
to dictionaries: everything is linked, hence accessible, and
everything is evolving. Given these similarities, one may wonder
what we can learn from these disciplines.

In this 3rd edition of the CogALex workshop we therefore intend
to also invite scientists working in these fields, our goals
being to broaden the picture, i.e. to gain a better understanding
concerning the mental lexicon and to integrate these findings
into our dictionaries in order to support navigation. Given
recent advances in neurosciences, it appears timely to seek
inspiration from neuroscientists studying the human brain. There
is also a lot to be learned from other fields studying graphs and
networks, even if their object of study is something else than
language, for example biology, economy or society.


This workshop is about possible enhancements of existing
electronic dictionaries. To perform the groundwork for the next
generation of electronic dictionaries we invite researchers
involved in the building of such dictionaries. The idea is to
discuss modifications of existing resources by taking the users'
needs and knowledge states into account, and to capitalize on the
advantages of the digital media. For this workshop we invite
papers including but not limited to the following topics which
can be considered from various points of view: linguistics,
neuro- or psycholinguistics (associations, tip-of-the-tongue
problem), network-related sciences (complex graphs, network
topology, small-world problem), etc.

1) Analysis of the conceptual input of a dictionary user

- What does a language producer start from (bag of words)?
- What is in the authors' minds when they are generating a
  message and looking for a word?
- What does it take to bridge the gap between this input and the
  desired output (target word)?

2) The meaning of words

- Lexical representation (holistic, decomposed)
- Meaning representation (concept based, primitives)
- Revelation of hidden information (vector-based approaches:
- Neural models, neurosemantics, neurocomputational theories of
  content representation.

3) Structure of the lexicon

- Discovering structures in the lexicon: formal and semantic
  point of view (clustering, topical structure)
- Creative ways of getting access to and using word associations
- Evolution, i.e. dynamic aspects of the lexicon (changes of
- Neural models of the mental lexicon (distribution of
  information concerning words, organisation of the mental

4) Methods for crafting dictionaries or indexes

- Manual, automatic or collaborative building of dictionaries and
  indexes (distributional semantics, crowd-sourcing, serious
  games, etc.)
- Impact and use of social networks (Facebook, Twitter) for
  building dictionaries, for organizing and indexing the data
  (clustering of words), and for allowing to track navigational
  strategies, etc.
- (Semi-) automatic induction of the link type (e.g. synonym,
  hypernym, meronym, association, collocation, ...)
- Use of corpora and patterns (data-mining) for getting access to
  words, their uses, and combinations (associations)

5) Dictionary access (navigation and search strategies),
   interface issues

- Semantic-based search
- Search (simple query vs multiple words)
- Context-dependent search (modification of usersí goals during
- Recovery
- Navigation (frequent navigational patterns or search strategies
  used by people)
- Interface problems, data-visualisation


- Deadline for paper submissions: October 15, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: November 5, 2012
- Camera-ready papers due: November 15, 2012
- Workshop date: December 15, 2012




Pushpak Bhattacharyya (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)


* Barbu, Eduard (Universidad de Jaén, Spain)
* Barrat, Alain (Centre de physique théorique, CNRS &
  Aix-Marseille University)
* Bilac, Slaven (Google Tokyo, Japan)
* Bel Enguix, Gemma (LIF, Aix-Marseille University, France)
* Bouillon, Pierrette (TIM, Faculty of Translation and
  Interpretating, Geneva, Switzerland)
* Cook, Paul (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
* Cristea, Dan (University of Iasi, Romania)
* Fairon, Cedrick (CENTAL, Université catholique de Louvain,
* Fazly, Afsaneh (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Fellbaum, Christiane (University of Princeton, USA)
* Ferret, Olivier (CEA LIST, Palaiseau, France)
* Fontenelle, Thierry (Translation Centre for the Bodies of the
  European Union, Luxemburg)
* Granger, Sylviane (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
* Grefenstette, Gregory (3DS Exalead, Paris, France)
* Hansen-Schirra, Silvia (University of Mainz, FTSK, Germany)
* Heid, Ulrich (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
* Hirst, Graeme (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Hovy, Ed (ISI, Los Angeles, USA)
* Joyce, Terry (Tama University, Kanagawa-ken, Japan)
* Kwong, Olivia (City University of Hong Kong, China)
* L'Homme, Marie Claude (OLST, University of Montreal, Canada)
* Lapalme, Guy (RALI, University of Montreal, Canada)
* Mititelu, Verginica (RACAI, Bucharest, Romania)
* Pirrelli, Vito (ILC, Pisa, Italy)
* Polguère, Alain (Université de Lorraine & ATILF CNRS, France)
* Rapp, Reinhard (University of Leeds, UK)
* Ruette, Tom (KU Leuven, Belgium)
* Schwab, Didier (LIG, Grenoble, France)
* Serasset, Gilles (IMAG, Grenoble, France)
* Sharoff, Serge (University of Leeds, UK)
* Sinopalnikova, Anna (FIT, BUT, Brno, Czech Republic)
* Sowa, John (VivoMind Research, LLC, USA)
* Tiberius, Carole (Institute for Dutch Lexicology, The
* Tokunaga, Takenobu (TITECH, Tokyo, Japan)
* Tufis, Dan (RACAI, Bucharest, Romania)
* Valitutti, Alessandro (University of Helsinki and HIIT,
* Vossen, Piek (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
* Wehrli, Eric (LATL, University of Geneva, Switzerland)
* Zock, Michael (LIF, CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, France)
* Zweigenbaum, Pierre (LIMSI - CNRS, Orsay & ERTIM - INALCO,
  Paris, France)


Michael Zock (LIF-CNRS, Marseille, France), michael.zock AT
lif.univ-mrs.fr Reinhard Rapp (University of Leeds, UK),
reinhardrapp AT gmx.de

For more details see:

Michael ZOCK LIF (Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale) UMR
7279, CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université Parc Scientifique et
Technologique de Luminy 163 Avenue de Luminy - Case 901, (bureau

Mail: michael.zock_(at)_lif.univ-mrs.fr Tel.: +33 (0) 4 91 82 94 88
Secr.: +33 (0) 4 91 82 90 70 Fax: +33 (0) 4 91 82 92 75

Web: http://www.lif.univ-mrs.fr/spip.php?article268

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