Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language
Saarbrücken, Germany, October 1-2, 2015
Keynote speech by Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology)
You are cordially invited to participate in the DiSpoL workshop "Identification and Annotation of Discourse Relations in Spoken Language" in Saarbrücken, Germany, on October 1-2, 2015.
Goal of the workshop:
The DiSpoL Workshop aims at bringing together researchers from different areas working on theoretical and methodological issues in the field of discourse and corpus annotation. Effective discourse in any language is characterised by clear relations between sentences and coherent structure. But languages vary in how relations and structure are signalled, and the same is true for different text types and modes. While most discourse-annotated resources are based on written text, less work has been done on annotating and investigating discourse relations in spoken language. It is exactly this domain in which we expect crucial differences concerning the realisation of discourse relations and discourse structure.
The DiSpoL workshop will focus on the identification and annotation of discourse relations in spoken language and in spoken-like text types such as computer-mediated communication or user-generated content from social media. This will raise questions concerning additional properties (and classes) of discourse-relational devices (DRDs) present in spoken data that are not captured by frameworks developed for written texts. How can these be identified and annotated in terms of categories designed for written language? The overall goal of the workshop is the development of a unified annotation framework for DRDs that will increase the inter-operability of existing resources (such as the Penn Discourse Treebank, the RST Discourse Treebank, ...) and that is applicable to different languages and text types, including spoken and written dimensions.
See workshop website for the full program:
- Vera Demberg
- Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski
- Ines Rehbein
- Merel Scholman
The DiSpoL Workshop is organized in the framework of the COST Action IS1312, "TextLink: Structuring Discourse in Multilingual Europe".