Call for Papers

The overall goal of this workshop is to bring together a diverse collection of researchers who encounter stylistic variation directly or indirectly in their work, identifying joint challenges and future directions.

Two of the overarching questions that motivate this workshop are:
1. to what extent it is possible or desirable to go beyond superficial, uninterpretable, task-specific stylistic features to deeper, broader, more systematic, and more psychologically-plausible conceptualizations of stylistic variation
2. to what extent recent advances in related areas such as distributional semantics can be applied to better capture stylistic variation.

For purposes of the workshop, “stylistic variation” includes variation in phonological, lexical, syntactic, or discourse realization of particular semantic content, due to differences in extralinguistic variables such as individual speaker, speaker demographics, target audience, genre and so on. A (non-exhaustive) list of topics of interest follows.

- Evidence for or against targeted approaches to stylistic variation
- General methods for differentiating style from semantics/topic
- Interpretability of computational models of style
- Use of classic stylistic features (e.g. function words, POS n-grams) in classification
- Effects of stylistic variation on downstream tasks
- Stylometry
- Authorship attribution
- Stylistic segmentation/intrinsic plagiarism detection
- Style in distributional vector space models (embeddings, etc.)
- Stylistic lexicon acquisition
- Text normalization
- Domain adaptation (across stylistically distinct domains)
- Modelling of demographics and personality
- Politeness and other linguistic manifestations of social power
- Quantification of genre differences
- Stylistically-informed sentiment analysis (e.g. sarcasm, hate speech)
- Readability, complexity, and simplification
- Learner language (e.g. fluency, use of collocations, stylistic appropriateness, etc.)
- Style-aware natural language generation
- Identifying trustworthiness and deception
- Literary stylistics (author and character profiling)
- Rhetoric (e.g. stylistic choice in political speeches, etc.)
- Stylistic features for diagnosis of mental illness
- Style in acoustic signals (e.g. speaker identification)
- The challenges of annotating style

This workshop is being run under the ACL Anti-Harassment Policy.