Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature
Conference of the North American Chapter
June 8, 2012
Montréal, Québec, Canada
All information, including announcements and updates, can be found on the workshop's Web site:
MOTIVATION AND SCOPE
The amount of literary material available on-line keeps growing rapidly. Not only are there machine-readable texts in libraries, collections and e-book stores, but there is also more and more “live” literature – e-zines, blogs, self-published e-books and so on. There is a need for tools to help users navigate, visualize and appreciate high volume of available literature.
Literary texts are quite different from technical and formal documents, which have been the focus of NLP research thus far. Most forms of statistical language processing rely on lexical information in one way or another. In literature, the primary mode is narrative rather than exposition. Stories may be cognitively easier to read than certain expository genres, such as scientific documents, but it is a challenging form of discourse for NLP tools and methods. For instance, literary prose lacks overt lexical clues and structural markers typically leveraged in the processing of more structured genres. Also, even conventional literary texts exhibit far less unity of time, space and topic than most formal discourse. Learning to handle these challenges in literary data may help move past heavy reliance on surface clues in general.
Literature also differs from other genres because of the needs of its typical audience. For instance, reading, searching or browsing literature online is a different task than searching for the latest news on a particular topic. Search criteria would be rather abstract: not a keyword, but a literary style, similarity to another work, point of view and so on. When looking for a summary or a digest, a reader may prefer to know or visualize a text's broad characteristics than facts which summarize the plot.
We invite papers that touch upon these areas, but also welcome other ideas which promote the processing of literary narrative or related forms of discourse.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Note: papers on other closely related topics will also be considered.
We invite submission of long and short papers, describing completed or ongoing research on systems, studies, theories and models which can inform the area of computational linguistics for literature. Long papers should be at most 8 pages, plus unlimited space for references. Short papers should be at most 4 pages plus references, and can be appropriate for either oral or poster presentation. Accepted long papers, and perhaps selected short papers, will be presented as talks. In addition, we encourage submission of position papers -- mapping out research ideas and programs -- of up to 6 pages plus references.
will be double-blind review of research papers: submissions must be anonymized. Position papers will undergo single-blind review: please sign them.
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IMPORTANT DATES (all deadlines 11:59 pm. Hawaii Time)
Submission deadline: March 30, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 24, 2012
Camera-ready version due: May 4, 2012
Workshop: June 8, 2012
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