Textual inference and paraphrase have attracted a significant amount of attention in recent years. Many NLP tasks, including question answering, information extraction, and text summarization, can be mapped at least partially onto the recognition of textual entailments and the detection of semantic equivalence between texts. Robust and accurate algorithms and resources for inference and paraphrasing can therefore be beneficial for
a broad range of NLP applications, and have generally stimulated research in the area of applied semantics.
TextInfer 2011 aims to bring together these empirical approaches (which have tended to dominate previous textual entailment events) with more formal approaches to inference (which are often presented at events like ICoS or IWCS). We feel that the time is ripe for researchers from both groups to join for this event, with the goal of establishing a discussion on how the two approaches relate to one another, and how to define interfaces between the two methodologies.
In this spirit, TextInfer 2011 invites both theoretical and applied research contributions on topics related to textual inference and paraphrasing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Authors are invited to submit papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. We distinguish two types of papers:
Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2011 proceedings, see the official style files at http://www.acl2011.org/call.shtml.
Authors may submit the same paper at several conferences. In this case they must notify the organisers in a separate mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we know that the paper might be withdrawn depending on the results at some other conference. Withdrawals must be notified by May 26th, 2011.