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Estonia: Workshop on Building Frame Semantics Resources for Scandinavian and Baltic Languages -- First CFP

                             FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

Workshop on Building Frame Semantics Resources for Scandinavian and 
Baltic Languages

Date: Thursday 24 May 2007
Location: University of Tartu, Estonia
Part of the NODALIDA 2007 conference
Workshop web page:
Conference web page: http://math.ut.ee/nodalida2007/

Annotated data with role-semantic information are becoming an ever 
more important resource for many semantic systems. They form the core 
element to develop large coverage, high-performance, and reusable 
semantic parsers, classifiers as well as applications that include 
lexicography, term and information extraction, semantic processing of 
the web, text-to-scene conversion systems, etc.

Existing examples of role annotated corpora/resources include for 
English: FrameNet, PropBank, and VerbNet, for German: Salsa, and for 
Spanish: Spanish FrameNet. However, the two main initiatives outside 
English take FrameNet as a semantic pivot and attempt to derive or 
adapt frames to the target language using manual work or 
semiautomatic systems.

As frequently observed, the itemization of frames and lexical units 
and their manual annotation in a corpus is an expensive task that 
requires a relatively long-term and dedicated commitment. Such an 
effort is currently beyond the reach of most research teams in the 
Nordic area, which could impair the quality, and possibly the 
existence, of future semantic applications in these languages. This 
makes the construction of a role-semantic annotated corpus and the 
design of automatic or semi-automatic transfer methods a challenge as 
well as an opportunity.

This workshop intends to be a forum for the research community to 
review current initiatives and methods as well as ideas to start the 
construction of a role annotated corpus and possibly share it across 
a families of related languages. Topics of interest include (but are 
not limited to):

-- Transfer and adaptation of frames and role annotation from English 
and German
-- Pilot annotation/projection studies
-- Lexical inheritance mechanisms: crosslingual similarities and 
differences, protoframe design, variation and variant annotation
-- Frame alignment and projections from English/German and across 
target languages
-- Transfer of collocations, subcategorization, and grammatical 
functions to role annotation
-- General methods for multilingual corpus alignment and structure 
-- "Upgrade" of existing resources: dependency annotation, small 
corpora, and bootstrapping using nonsemantically annotated data
-- Shared annotation platforms
-- Experience from other initiatives: Salsa, Romance FrameNet
-- Applications of frame semantics
-- Evaluation

Deadline for submitting an extended abstract: February 15
Notification of acceptance: March 1
Deadline for submitting final papers, short, max. 4 pages or full, 
max. 8 pages: April 20
Workshop: May 24

Participants are invited to submit a one to two page extended 
abstract of their research or position statements using the NODALIDA 
styles (
http://math.ut.ee/nodalida2007/author.html). Submissions must 
include author names, affiliation, and contact address. The workshop 
submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee.

If their abstract is accepted, authors will be invited to submit a 
short paper (max 4 pages) or a full paper (max. 8 pages) according to 
the authors' own choice that will be published in the workshop 

Submissions are to be sent to
frame2007 at cs dot lth dot se

The workshop will take place in the NODALIDA 2007 conference and will 
include a round table where participants will be able to discuss and 
try to propose an agenda to build frame semantic resources for the 
Scandinavian and Baltic languages. Active participation and/or 
commitments from the presenters or the public to set up this agenda 
will be welcome.

All the people interested in building frame semantic resources as 
well as frame semantic analyzers for the Scandinavian and Baltic 

Pierre Nugues, Lund University,
Pierre dot Nugues at cs dot lth dot se
Richard Johansson, Lund University, Richard dot Johansson at cs dot lth dot se

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