Workshop proceedings

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Call for Participation

The workshop will be held on 7 September, 2009, in San Sebastian, in the Miramar Palace, situated in Concha Bay with view to its beautiful beaches (map and more information in the SEPLN site at

For registration to the workshop and for information on accommodation in San Sebastian, check the SEPLN conference page

We will also be having a welcome party for the workshop participants on Sunday Sept. 6th, the eve of the workshop, with catering and music by the local jazz-blues-folk band Mahaster River ( It will be held in the La Perla Restaurant, right in the middle of the wonderful Concha Beach (information at and map at


8.30 – 9.15Registration
9.15 – 9.30Welcome & Introduction
Session 1Collecting Web corpora (1)
9.30 – 10.00Jonathan Howell and Mats Rooth. Web Harvest of Minimal Intonational Pairs
10.00 – 10.30Marco Brunello. The creation of free linguistic corpora from the web
10.30 – 11.00Coffee break
Session 2Aspects of Web processing (1)
11.00 – 11.30Eugenie Giesbrecht and Stefan Evert. Part-of-Speech (POS) Tagging - a Solved Task? An Evaluation of POS Taggers for the Web as Corpus
11.30 – 12.00Matthias Wendt, Christoph Büscher, Christian Herta, Steffen Kemmerer, Walter Tietze, Manuel Messner, Martin Gerlach and Holger Düwiger. Extracting domain terminologies from the World Wide Web
12.00 – 13.00Invited talk: Dekang Lin. Unsupervised acquisition of lexical knowledge from the Web
13.00 – 15.00Lunch break
Session 3Collecting Web corpora (2)
15.00 – 15.30Johannes M. Steger and Egon W. Stemle. The Architecture for Unified Processing of Web Content
15.30 – 16.00Igor Leturia Azkarate, Iñaki San Vicente and Xabier Saralegi. Search engine based approaches for collecting domain-specific Basque-English comparable corpora from the Internet
16.00 – 16.30Coffee break
Session 4Aspects of Web processing (2)
16.30 – 17.00Joel Tetreault and Martin Chodorow. Examining the Use of Region Web Counts for ESL Error Detection
17.00 – 17.30Kristin Davidse and Emeline Doyen. Using Internet data for the study of language change: a comparative study of the grammaticalized uses of French genre in teenage and adult forum data
17.30 – 18.00Nabil Hathout, Franck Sajous and Ludovic Tanguy. Looking for French deverbal nouns in an evolving Web (a short history of WAC)
18.00 - 18.30General discussion, wrap-up & conclusion

Call for Papers

We invite papers on various topics concerning the use of Web resources for corpus research and NLP applications, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • linguistic Web crawler technology and Web corpus collection projects
  • applications of Web-derived corpora and other kinds of Web data
  • how far does the “easy way” get you? (using search engines, or Google's n-gram lists; we are particularly interested in a critical discussion of the usefulness and limitations of such approaches)
  • methods and tools for “cleaning” Web pages to turn them into a corpus
  • automatic linguistic annotation of Web data: tokenisation, POS tagging, lemmatisation, semantic tagging, etc. (established tools often perform very poorly on Web data)
  • search engine architectures for linguists: bringing linguistics to commercial search engines, or high-performance search technology to linguistics?
  • search engine-related topics such as result ranking (e.g. how to identify “typical” uses rather than returning 50 very similar matches on the first page)
  • duplicate detection, interactive query refinement, etc.
  • reviews and clever uses of search engine APIs (Google, Yahoo, Altavista, and in particular Microsoft's current generous Live Search API)

We particularly welcome submissions on the use of languages other than English. One of the bottlenecks in corpus linguistic research on a particular language consists in availability of corpora for this language: translation studies for, say, Ukrainian or Vietnamese are limited by the existence of diverse corpora for these languages. The Web gives the opportunity to alleviate this bottleneck, as millions of Ukrainian or Vietnamese texts are available on the Web, but we still do not know many parameters of what is there and how useful it is for translation, language teaching, linguistics research, etc.

Submission information

Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. Submissions should follow the format of ACL proceedings and should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. All submissions have to be anonymous, i.e. use empty lines for authors and affiliations, refer to your own works indirectly, e.g., instead of 'We previously showed' use 'Smith previously showed'. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference (

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Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 24 April, 2009
  • Decisions sent by: 12 June, 2009
  • Camera-ready submission deadline: 17 July, 2009
  • Welcome party: 6 September, 2009
  • Workshop: 7 September, 2009

Programme committee

  • Silvia Bernardini, U of Bologna, Italy
  • Jesse de Does, INL, Netherlands
  • Katrien Depuydt, INL, Netherlands
  • Stefan Evert, U of Osnabrück, Germany
  • Cédrick Fairon, UCLouvain, Belgium
  • William Fletcher, U.S. Naval Academy, USA
  • Gregory Grefenstette, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, France
  • Katja Hofmann, U of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Adam Kilgarriff, Lexical Computing Ltd, UK
  • Igor Leturia, Elhuyar Fundazioa, Basque Country, Spain
  • Preslav Nakov, National U of Singapore
  • Phil Resnik, U of Maryland, College Park, USA
  • Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis U, USA
  • Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, U Gent, Belgium
  • Klaus Schulz, LMU München, Germany
  • Serge Sharoff, U of Leeds, UK
  • Eros Zanchetta, U of Bologna, Italy

Organising committee

  • Iñaki Alegria, University of the Basque Country
  • Adam Kilgarriff, Lexical Computing Ltd
  • Igor Leturia, Elhuyar Fundazioa
  • Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds
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