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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Ambiguity and semantic judgments, special issue of Research on Language and Computation
Email:   ambiguity_(on)_essex.ac.uk
Date received:   07 Jun 2006
Deadline:   15 Oct 2006

Research on Language and Computation Ambiguity and semantic judgments Special issue edited by Massimo Poesio and Ron Artstein Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2006 Scope We invite articles for a special issue on ambiguity and semantic judgments from a computational, theoretical and psychological perspective. Much research in computational linguistics assumes that tasks have a single answer: word sense disambiguation looks for an unambiguous sense in context, anaphora resolution algorithms look for a unique antecedent, question-answering systems look for the best answer, semantic role labeling identifies the most appropriate role, and so on. Yet theoretical and psychological evidence show that ambiguity is abundant, and semantic annotation tasks often display disagreements between coders which are the result of genuine ambiguity rather than annotation error. We are interested in ambiguity, broadly defined. On the one hand, there are cases where ambiguities constitute clearly distinct interpretations, preserved despite the context. On the other hand, there are instances of underspecification which may or may not be construed as ambiguous given a context. And in between there may be cases where different modes of processing give rise to differences of emphasis which may or may not warrant classifying as ambiguities. All these shades of variation, and the disputes they give rise to, call for more empirical study of matters of ambiguity, especially as they pertain to semantic judgments used in corpus annotation and computational implementation. For this special issue we are looking for high-quality, original, full-length journal articles on any aspect pertaining to ambiguity and semantic judgment. We especially welcome articles on the following topics: - Computational implementations which take ambiguity into account - Empirical research on ambiguity and annotator agreement - Psychologically motivated research on semantic ambiguity Submission instructions Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2006 Late submissions will only be considered if time and space allow. It would be helpful if authors who intend to submit an article could let us know by 1 August 2006, or as soon as possible thereafter, by sending an email to ambiguity_(on)_essex.ac.uk. Length: There is no formal length restriction, but please try to keep the length of the articles moderate (around 25-30 pages). If an article is so long as to exclude other articles from the issue, we may ask the authors to shorten it. Blind review: Please do not include any information identifying the author in the manuscript submitted for review. Submission method: For review purposes, please submit your article as a PDF attachment to ambiguity_(on)_essex.ac.uk. Include contact information in the body of the email. Further information: http://cswww.essex.ac.uk/ambiguity/ _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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