[Languagechange News] Call for papers and ACL workshop

Nina Tahmasebi nina.tahmasebi at gu.se
Mon Jul 15 10:28:48 CEST 2019

Dear all,

We are approaching ACL and our first international workshop on 
Historical Language Change. The program is now up and you can find it 
on:  https://languagechange.org/events/2019-acl-lcworkshop/
We are very much looking forward to meeting you all there!
For those of you who cannot make it, we are working on (at least) 
filming the keynotes and making them available on the workshop site. The 
presentations and posters will also be uploaded there after the 
workshop. Keep a look out!

We also want to make you aware of a relevant workshop in Germany next 
year on Word Sense Divergences across Language Varieties, the call for 
papers is posted below.

We wish you all a great summer and hope to see you soon!

All the best!

*** Call for Abstracts ***

*Empirical Studies of Word Sense Divergences across Language Varieties*

Workshop at the Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society 
(DGfS) 2020
University of Hamburg, Germany
March 4-6, 2020



Workshop description:

Words change their senses not only over time but also across 
communities, domains, dialects, registers, and other language varieties 
(Wieling & Nerbonne, 2015; Wiese & Pohle, 2016; Del Tredici & Fernandez, 
2017; Ferrari et al., 2017; Hovy & Purschke, 2018; Schlechtweg et al., 
2019; i.a.).

An example for a diachronic sense divergence is the German noun 
"Vorwort", which was mainly used in the meaning of "preposition" before 
ca. 1800 (Paul, 2002; Schlechtweg et al., 2018). Then it rapidly 
acquired a new meaning "preface", which after 1850 has nearly 
exclusively been used. An example for a synchronic domain specific sense 
divergence is the German noun "Schnee" (Hätty et al., 2019). In 
general-language use, "Schnee" predominantly refers to "snow", while in 
the cooking domain the predominant meaning is the domain-specific 
"beaten egg whites". The German verb "heben" is an example for a 
dialectal lexical variation (Boberg et al., 2018), as it is used in the 
meaning "to lift" in standard German, while in the Southern-German 
dialect Swabian it is used in the meaning "to hold".

The above examples exhibit different predominant word senses with regard 
to specific language varieties. While each research field on language 
variety has its own tradition to explore word sense divergences, both 
from a theoretical and from an empirical perspective, this workshop aims 
to bring together interdisciplinary studies on lexical semantic 
divergences across time, domains, registers, and further language 

We invite research contributions across languages and across research 
disciplines to provide and compare resources, corpus-based empirical 
evidence and computational models for divergences in word meanings 
across language varieties. Relevant aspects include (but are not 
restricted to)

- investigations on word sense definition and discrimination;
- corpus-based examples and discussions of lexical sense divergences;
- frequency distributions of word senses across corpora for language 
- computational models to determine and measure lexical semantic change 
and divergence;
- relevance of word sense divergences for theories and applications in 
different fields.


Invited speakers:

Barbara McGillivray,
Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of 
Cambridge, and The Alan Turing Institute

John Nerbonne,
Humanities Computing, University of Groningen, and Institute for 
Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg


Abstract submission:

We invite anonymous abstracts of up to 500 words (max. 1 page) for 
30-minute oral presentations (20 minute presentation + discussion).

Abstracts should be submitted as PDF via EasyChair:

The deadline for submissions is August 26, 2019.

Please note that the regulations of the DGfS do not allow that workshop 
participants present more than one abstract in the same or different 
workshops, while it is possible to co-author more than one abstract.


Travel grants:

The DGfS offers a limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro each 
for accepted contributions by DGfS members without income or with low 


Workshop organisers:

Dominik Schlechtweg,
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Universität Stuttgart

Sabine Schulte im Walde,
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Universität Stuttgart


Nina N. Tahmasebi, Ph.D.
Språkbanken • Center for Digital Humanities
+46 (0) 31 786 6953
nina.tahmasebi at gu.se

Skype: n.tahmasebi

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