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Subject: [ E-CFP ] Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities (ACRH-2)
From: <marco.passarotti_(on)_unicatt.it>
Date received: 27 Mar 2012
Deadline: 02 Sep 2012
Start date: 29 Nov 2012





FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

---- Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the
Humanities (ACRH-2) ----

The second edition of the workshop on "Annotation of Corpora for
Research in the Humanities" (ACRH-2) will be held on November 29,
2012 at the University of Lisbon (Portugal)
(http://alfclul.clul.ul.pt/crpc/acrh2/index.html).

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unpublished research on the topics described below.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 by the
Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL).
Publication will be online only.

The workshop will be co-located with the Eleventh International
Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT-11), which
will be held on November 30 - December 1, 2012
(http://tlt11.clul.ul.pt/).

MOTIVATION AND AIMS

Like in its first edition (held in Heidelberg on 5 January, 2012:
proceedings available here:
http://www.jlcl.org/index.php?modus=aktuelle_ausgabe&language=en),
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.

Addressing topics related to annotated corpora for research in
the Humanities is an interdisciplinary task, which involves
corpus and computational linguists (mostly those working in
literary computing), philologists, scholars in the Humanities and
computer scientists. However, this interdisciplinarity is not
fully realised yet. Indeed, philologists and scholars are not
used to exploit NLP tools and language resources such as
annotated corpora; in turn, computational linguists are more
prone to develop language resources for NLP purposes only.

For instance, although many corpora that play a relevant role for
research in Humanities are today available in digital format
(theatrical plays, contemporary novels, critical literature,
literary reviews etc.), only a few of them are linguistically
tagged, while most still lack linguistic tagging at all.
Historical corpora are also a case of special interest, since
their creation demands a strong interplay between computational
linguistics and more traditional scholarship. 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 group of projects can provide many suggestions on
the methodology as well as on the practice of interaction between
literary studies, philology and corpus linguistics.

We believe that a tighter collaboration between people working in
the Humanities and the research community involved in developing
annotated corpora 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. Indeed, such a
collaboration 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).

TOPICS

To overcome the above mentioned issues, ACRH-2 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. Specific
  features of tools for accessing and retrieving annotated
  corpora to address various research topics in the Humanities

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

INVITED SPEAKER

Martin Wynne (University of Oxford, UK)

IMPORTANT DATES

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

- Deadline for paper submission: September 2, 2012

- Notification of acceptance: October 7, 2012

- Final version of paper for workshop proceedings: October 28,
  2012

- Workshop: November 29, 2012

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=acrh2. 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://alfclul.clul.ul.pt/crpc/acrh2/submission.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 (University of Cologne, Germany)

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

- Caroline Sporleder (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS

- David Bamman (USA)

- Gabriel Bodard (UK)

- Lars Borin (Sweden)

- Antonio Branco (Portugal)

- Helma Dik (USA)

- Anette Frank (Germany)

- Dag Haug (Norway)

- Erhard Hinrichs (Germany)

- Beáta Megyesi (Sweden)

- Martha Nell Smith (USA)

- Petya Osenova (Bulgaria)

- Martin Reynaert (the Netherlands)

- Victoria Rosén (Norway)

- Jeff Rydberg Cox (USA)

- Melissa Terras (UK)

- Manfred Thaller (Germany)

- Martin Volk (Switzerland)

LOCAL ORGANIZATION

- Amalia Mendes

- Iris Hendrickx

- Sandra Antunes

- Aida Cardoso

- Sandra Perreira

All CLUL, University of Lisbon, Portugal

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