|Computer Science Department, Trinity College|
Sentiment analysis systems seek
to extract emotions and feelings expressed about people, organisations,
nation states, goods and services, in free natural language
texts. This interdisciplinary workshop will address three related
1. How metaphor and sentiment interact in everyday communication;
2. Language/conceptual resources properties to support sentiment analysis
3. Evaluation of sentiment analysis programs and evaluation methodologies.
Firstly, in psychology and computational linguistics, the notions of emotion and metaphor interact in a number of complex ways. It has been argued that conceptual metaphors underlie human understanding and processing of emotion. In addition, it can be argued that the expression of sentiment and its interpretation can rely critically on how a speaker or writer uses metaphor. Therefore, an understanding of how emotion is expressed and perceived in language is not complete without addressing the role of figurative language and metaphor as basic scaffolding or tool for modulating affective text content.
Secondly, to date, sentiment analysis typically deals with a specific domain of ideal objects. In order to build a sentiment analysis system, one has to understand "what there is" in a given domain, i.e. the ontology of the domain. In this context, is it possible to conceive of generic sentiment analysis? Practitioners in this area need to examine the requirements and challenges of an approach that could cross boundaries of domain or time or even language where different communities of use, languages or cultures may express or even experience sentiments in different ways.
Finally, work in sentiment
analysis may be regarded as work in
intelligent information retrieval and success is evaluated in terms of
accuracy in identifying the affective content of information segments.
Yet sentiment analysis has the potential to have a powerful impact in
other domains that require input about emotional context. Researchers
in Human-Computer Interaction, Affective Computing, Lexicography and
Terminography, may become end-users of work in sentiment analysis and
sentiment analysis folks may have much to learn from how a machine
artificially endowed with emotions/sentiments behaves. It may become
feasible to evaluate sentiment analysis systems in terms of the
performance of such applications. An examination of alternative
end-user systems and evaluation mechanisms can only serve to enrich the
field of sentiment analysis and present new challenges for researchers
Prof Sam Glucksberg will give the keynote lecture of the workshop entitled
Beyond Similarity: How Metaphors Create Categories.
|Deadline for workshop papers|
|Notification of acceptance|
|Camera-ready papers due|
|27 May||Workshop held at LREC 2008|
||Khurshid Ahmad, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland|
||Gerhard Budin, Zentrum fur Translationswissenschaft, Universitat Wien, Austria|
||Ann Devitt, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland|
||Sam Glucksberg, Princeton University, USA|
||Gerhard Heyer, Institut fur Informatik, Universitat Leipzig, Germany|
||Maria Teresa Musacchio, Universita di Padova, Italy|
||Margaret Rogers, University of Surrey, U.K.|
||Carl Vogel, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland|
||Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, U.K.|
|Submission Details:||Please submit your paper on
the LREC paper Submission
or failing that please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. Submissions should should not exceed 8 pages and should be typeset using a font size of 11 points. (Style files will be made available by LREC for the camera-ready versions of accepted papers.)
The reviewing of the papers will be blind and the papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Springer has expressed an interest in publishing selected papers from the workshop. We are in discussion and further details will be confirmed at a later date.
Papers should be submitted electronically, no later than February 20, 2008 5th March 2008. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF.