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ACL 2000 Workshop


Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group for the Lexicon (SIGLEX)

October 2000 (following ACL 2000)

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

With an increasingly global economy and the explosive growth of the "World" in "World Wide Web", the computational linguistics community is faced as never before with the challenges and opportunities of multi-linguality. At the same time, the community has returned with renewed enthusiasm to problems of word meaning, especially the delineation and discrimination of word senses. An intimate relationship between the two issues is becoming apparent -- for example, in the consideration of translation equivalence in parallel corpora, the construction of multilingual ontologies, and the examination of senses in relation to specific natural language applications such as machine translation, information retrieval, summarization, etc. The issue of multi-lingual approaches to sense distinctions was also a central topic of discussion at the first SENSEVAL conference in 1998, and is one of the areas to be covered at SENSEVAL-2 (to be held in Spring 2001).

This workshop is intended to address problems of word sense disambiguation and delineation of appropriate sense distinctions, with > specific emphasis on approaches that involve more than one language > and the ways in which observations about cross-linguistic equivalence affect our consideration of sense divisions in the individual languages. More generally, we seek to foster discussion and exchanges > of insight in any area of computational linguistics where a > non-monolingual approach to word sense issues is being taken.

Some example topics include

1. multi-lingual sense inventories and systems, e.g. EuroWordNet, MikroKosmos

2. use of parallel corpora in investigating word sense issues

3. word senses and cross-language information retrieval

4. word senses and machine translation

5. comparative lexical semantics

We will also consider submission on issues in mono-lingual lexical semantics relevant to sense distinctions, but priority will be given to papers addressing multi-lingual approaches.

Where and when


The workshop will be held for a full day on either October 7 or 8, following the main ACL conference October 3-6. The venue will be the same as for ACL 2000.



Submissions are limited to original, unpublished work. Papers may > not exceed 3200 words (exclusive of title page and references). They must be received by July 31, 2000, in hard copy (4 copies) > OR postscript OR rtf format. Electronic submissions should be sent to > Hard copies should be mailed to:

  SIGLEX Workshop Submission
  Department of Computer Science
  Vassar College
  Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0250

Important Dates


  Submission (of full-length paper) August 10
  Acceptance notice August 31
  Camera-ready paper due September 15
  Workshop date October 7 or 8



  Nancy Ide Vassar College
  Charles Fillmore UC Berkeley and ICSI
  Philip Resnik University of Maryland
  David Yarowsky Johns Hopkins University