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TextLink Workshop: "Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language" (DiSpoL 2015)

Saarbrücken, Germany, October 1-2, 2015

The DiSpoL Workshop aims at bringing together researchers from different areas working on theoretical and methodological issues in the field of discourse and corpus annotation.

Effective discourse in any language is characterised by clear relations between sentences and coherent structure. But languages vary in how relations and structure are signaled, and the same is true for different text types and modes. While most discourse-annotated resources are based on written text, less work has been done on annotating and investigating discourse relations in spoken language. It is exactly this domain in which we expect crucial differences concerning the realisation of discourse relations and discourse structure.

The DiSpoL workshop will focus on the identification and annotation of discourse relations in spoken language and in spoken-like text types such as computer-mediated communication or user-generated content from social media. This will raise questions concerning additional properties (and classes) of discourse-relational devices (DRDs) present in spoken data that are not captured by frameworks developed for written texts. How can these be identified and annotated in terms of categories designed for written language?
The overall goal of the workshop is the development of a unified annotation framework for DRDs that will increase the inter-operability of existing resources (such as the Penn Discourse Treebank, the RST Discourse Treebank, ...) and that is applicable to different languages and text types, including spoken and written dimensions.

We invite the submission of abstracts that address research on DRDs in spoken (or spoken-like) language in one of the following areas:

  • functional or formal classifications
  • features in DRDs description and classification that are relevant for spoken(-like) language
  • multilingual analysis of DRDs in spoken(-like) language
  • psycholinguistic/experimental approaches to the investigation of discourse relations in spoken(-like) language

The selected presentations will contribute to the issues discussed within the workshop.

Submission Information

We invite the submission of abstracts of up to one page of content (excluding references). All submissions have to be in pdf format. Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations, and self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." should be replaced with citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". We will be using the EasyChair conference system to manage submissions (click here to submit an abstract).

Final Abstract Submission

Authors are requested to format their manuscripts according to the guidelines specified in this style sheet (adapted from LREC 2014):

MS Word template     OO/LibreOffice Template     Abstract (pdf)

Note that the maximum length for the abstracts is one page of content (excluding references, but including tables etc.). All submissions have to be in pdf format.

When you are finished revising your abstract, you can upload the final version using EasyChair. Please log into your EasyChair account, select your submission and update it (click on "update file" in the upper right corner).

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts 15 July 2015
Notification of acceptance 01 August 2015
Final abstracts due
and registration deadline
15 August 2015
DiSpoL workshop October 1st and 2nd in Saarbrücken/Germany

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