EACL 2006 Workshop

Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions

Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group on Semantics (ACL-SIGSEM)

3 April, 2006

Trento, Italy

Workshop Description

The Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions was hosted in conjunction with the 11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics on April 3, 2006, in Trento, Italy.


Prepositions have received a considerable amount of attention in recent years, due to their importance in computational tasks. For instance, in NLP, PP attachment ambiguities have attracted a lot of attention, and different machine learning techniques have been employed with varying degrees of success. Researchers from various perspectives have also looked at spatial or temporal aspects of prepositions, and their cross-linguistic differences, monolingual and cross-linguistic contrasts or the role of prepositions in syntactic alternations. Moreover, in languages like English and German, phrasal verbs have also been the subject of considerable effort, ranging from techniques for their automatic extraction from corpora, to methods for the determination of their semantics. In other languages, like Romance languages or Hindi, the focus has been either on the incorporation of the preposition or its inclusion in the prepositional phrase. All these configurations are of much interest semantically as well as syntactically.


Papers were invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Descriptions:

    prepositions in lexical resources (WordNet, Framenet), productive versus collocation uses, multilingual descriptions (mismatches, incorporation, divergences), prepositions and thematic roles.

  • Applications:

    dealing with prepositions in applications e.g. for Machine Translation, Information extraction or Language Generation.

  • Representation of Prepositions:

    prepositions in knowledge bases, cognitive or logic-based formalisms for the description of the semantics of prepositions (in isolation, and in composition/confrontation with the verb and the NP), compositional semantics; implications for AI and KR.

  • Prepositions in reasoning procedures:

    how different kinds of preposition provide distinct challenges to a reasoning system and how they can be handled.

  • Cognitive dimensions of prepositions:

    how different kinds of prepositions are acquired/interpreted/represented, in terms of human and/or computational processing.


08.55 - 09.00 Opening

09.00 - 09.30 Spatial Prepositions in Context: The Semantics of 'near' in the Presence of Distractor Objects
Fintan J. Costello and John D. Kelleher

09.30 - 10.00 Polish Equivalents of Spatial 'at'
Iwona Knas
10.00 - 10.20 A Quantitative Approach to Preposition-Pronoun Contraction in Polish
Beata Trawinski
10.20 - 10.40 Marked Adpositions
Sander Lestrade
10.40 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.30 Semantic Interpretation of Prepositions for NLP Applications
Sven Hartrumpf, Hermann Helbig and Rainer Osswald
11.30 - 12.00 Coverage and Inheritance in The Preposition Project
Kenneth C. Litkowski and Orin Hargraves
12.00 - 12.20 An Ontology Based View on Prepositional Senses
Tine Lassen
12.20 - 12.40 A Conceptual Analysis of the Notion of Instrumentality via a Multilingual Analysis
Asanee Kawtrakul, Mukda Suktarachan, Bali Ranaivo-Malancon, Pek Kuan, Achla Raina, Sudeshna Sarkar, Alda Mari, Sina Zarriess, Elixabete Murguia, Patrick Saint-Dizier
12.40 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 Panel Discussion: Prepositions and Multiword Expression Compositionality

The Syntax-Semantics Interface for German Particle Verbs
Sabine Schulte im Walde (Saarland University)

Representing and Modelling the Lexical Semantics of English Verb Particle Constructions
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)

PPs as Verbal Arguments: From a Computational Semantics Perspective
Valia Kordoni (Saarland University)

15.00 - 15.30 German Particle Verbs and Pleonastic Prepositions
Ines Rehbein
15.30 - 16.00 Automatic Identification of English Verb Particle Constructions using Linguistic Features
Su Nam Kim and Timothy Baldwin
16.00 - 16.20 Coffee break
16.20 -16.50 On the Prepositions which Introduce an Adjunct of Duration
Frank Van Eynde
16.50 - 17.20 How Bad is the Problem of PP-Attachment? A Comparison of English, German and Swedish
Martin Volk
17.20 - 17.40 Handling of Prepositions in English to Bengali Machine Translation
Sudip Kumar Naskar and Sivaji Bandyopadhyay
17.40 - 18.10 Closing Remarks and Business Meeting

Important Dates

Workshop date: April 3, 2006

Organising Committee

Boban Arsenijevic
University of Leiden, Netherlands

Timothy Baldwin
University of Melbourne, Australia

Beata Trawinski
University of Tübingen, Germany

Programme Committee

Boban Arsenijevic (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
Doug Arnold (University of Essex, UK)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
John Beavers (Stanford University, USA)
Bob Borsley (University of Essex, UK)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy)
Ann Copestake (University of Cambridge, UK)
Markus Egg (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Anette Frank (DFKI, Germany)
Julia Hockenmaier (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Tracy Holloway King (PARC, USA)
Valia Kordoni (Saarland University, Germany)
Ken Litkowski (CL Research, USA)
Alda Mari (CNRS / ENST Infres, France)
Paola Merlo (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Stephen Pulman (University of Oxford, UK)
Patrick Saint Dizier (IRIT, France)
Beata Trawinski (University of Tübingen, Germany)
Jesse Tseng (Loria, France)
Hans Uszkoreit (Saarland University and DFKI)
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Martin Volk (Stockholms Universitet, Sweden)
Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
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