ACL 2000    ACL 2000 Workshop

Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group for the Lexicon (SIGLEX)

9:00-12:00 AM, October 7, 2000
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

With an increasingly global economy and the explosive growth of the "World" in "World Wide Web", the computational linguistics community is faced as never before with the challenges and opportunities of multi-linguality. At the same time, the community has returned with renewed enthusiasm to problems of word meaning, especially the delineation and discrimination of word senses.  An intimate relationship between the two issues is becoming apparent -- for example, in the consideration of translation equivalence in parallel corpora, the construction of multilingual ontologies, and the examination of senses in relation to specific natural language applications such as machine translation, information retrieval, summarization, etc. The issue of multi-lingual approaches to sense distinctions was also a central topic of discussion at the first SENSEVAL conference in 1998, and is one of the areas to be covered at SENSEVAL-2 (to be held in Spring 2001).

This workshop will address problems of word sense disambiguation and delineation of appropriate sense distinctions, with specific emphasis on approaches that involve more than one language and the ways in which observations about cross-linguistic equivalence affect our consideration of sense divisions in the individual languages. More generally, we seek to foster discussion and exchanges of insight in any area of computational linguistics where a non-monolingual approach to word sense issues is being taken.

Provisional Program

9:00 -9:15 OPENING AND OVERVIEW Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Martha Palmer, Univ. of Penn., USA
9:15 -9:45 An Unsupervised Method for Multilingual Word Sense Tagging Using Parallel Corpora Mona Diab, 
University of Maryland , USA
9:45 -10:15 Sense Clusters for Information Retrieval: Evidence from SemCor and the EuroWordNet InterLingual Index Irina Chugar, Julio Gonzalo, Felisa Verdejo, UNED, Spain
10:15 -10:30 COFFEE BREAK    
10:30 -11:00 Chinese-Japanese Cross Language Information Retrieval: 
A Han Character Based Approach
Maruf Hasan, Yuji Matsumoto, 
NARA Inst., Japan
11:00 -11:30 Experiments in Word Domain Disambiguation for Parallel Texts Bernardo Magnini, Carlo Strapparava,
IRST, Italy
11:30 -12:00 DISCUSSION AND SUMMARY Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Adam Kilgarriff, ITRI, UK
Martha Palmer, Univ. of Penn., USA
David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins, USA
12:00 -12:15 SIGLEX Business Meeting    


Workshop Organizers

Nancy Ide, Charles Fillmore, Philip Resnik, David Yarowsky
Program Committee
Helge Dyvik, University of Bergen
Nancy Ide, Vassar College
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University
Charles Fillmore, UC Berkeley and ICSI
Adam Kilgarriff, ITRI, University of Brighton
Martha Palmer, University of Pennsylvania
Philip Resnik, University of Maryland
Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Corporation
David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University