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CFP: Sentiment Analysis--Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology & Terminology EMOT 2008 - deadline revised

			LREC 2008 Workshop on
   Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology
			     (EMOT 2008)
		   27 May, 2008, Marrakech, Morocco
           Revised Submission deadline: 5 March 2008

Workshop Topics
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 topics:

(a) how metaphor and sentiment interact in everyday communication;
(b) language/conceptual resources properties to support sentiment analysis
(c) evaluation of sentiment analysis programs and evaluation methodologies.
Prof Sam Glucksberg will give the keynote lecture of the workshop entitled

	 Beyond Similarity: How Metaphors Create Categories.

Workshop Aims

This workshop will deal with the recent advances in the processing of
sentiment in arbitrary collections of text. Sentiment can be expressed
about works of art and literature, about the state of financial
markets, about liking and disliking individuals, organisations,
ideologies, and consumer goods. It is necessary to examine what
aspects of emotional experience sentiment analysis aims to capture,
how and in what way this may be evaluated. This workshop focuses on
three strands of research which will serve to enhance the development
of automated sentiment analysis systems of free text for real world

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 to address.

Important Dates
5th March                            Deadline for workshop papers
21 March                             Notification of acceptance
4 April                              Camera-ready papers due
27 May                               Workshop held at LREC 2008

Programme Committee:
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
Maria Teresa Pazienza, University of Roma Tor Vergata
Margaret Rogers, University of Surrey, U.K.
Carl Vogel, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, U.K.


Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished
work in the topic area of this workshop.  Submissions 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 5th March
2008. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF.

Please submit your paper on the LREC site:
or failing that please send your submission to

Further Information
Workshop web page:
LREC 2008 web page: