Call for Papers

Scope and Topics

In its 2017 edition, the SemBEaR workshop aims at bringing together scientists working on these type of semantic phenomena within computational semantics. The goal is to attract researchers interested in theoretical frameworks, annotation schemas, modeling and implementing real systems, as well as analyzing the impact of SemBEaR in NLP applications. The workshop also aims at building a bridge between theoretical and computational linguistics. In particular, it will address these topics:

  • Negation: verbal/non-verbal, analytic/synthetic, clausal/subclausal; scope and focus
  • Modality: defining and annotating types for computational linguistics
  • Factuality: determining factuality changes within and across documents
  • Veridicity and veridicality: measuring author commitment
  • Attribution and perspectives: determining whose perspective is being presented
  • Irony and sarcasm
  • SemBEaR and lexical resources
  • SemBEaR at the sentence and discourse level: how much context is necessary?
  • SemBEaR across domains: news, scientific texts, legal documents, economy texts, etc.
  • SemBEaR and implicit meaning: what do sentences really mean?
  • SemBEaR in spoken language
  • (Automatically) extracting SemBEaR: strategies, resources and algorithms
  • Supervised, unsupervised and rule-based approaches to extract SemBEaR
  • Integrating SemBEaR in the NLP pipeline
  • SemBEaR for NLP applications: does it help?

Special Session on Negation

SemBEaR 2017 will also include position papers in a Special Session on Negation.


Authors are invited to submit papers describing original, unpublished work in the topic areas listed above. Full papers should not exceed eight pages.

Additionally, authors are invited to submit short papers not exceeding 4 pages. Short papers usually describe:

  • a small, focused contribution;
  • work in progress;
  • a negative result;
  • an opinion piece; or
  • an interesting application nugget.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must conform to the official EACL 2017 style guidelines.

The reviewing process will be blind and papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and available at the ACL Anthology.

Multiple Submission Policy. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications are acceptable, but authors must indicate this information at submission time. If accepted, authors must notify the organizers as to whether the paper will be presented at the workshop or elsewhere.

Electronic Submission. Papers should be submitted electronically here.

Important Dates

  • November 10, 2017: First call for papers
  • February 1, 2017 (GMT-12): Submission deadline for short and full papers
  • February 14, 2017: Author notification
  • February 21, 2017: Camera-ready papers due
  • April 4, 2017: SemBEaR workshop


Program Committee

  • Mithun Balakrishna, Lymba Corporation
  • Cosmin Adrian Bejan - Vanderbilt University
  • Emily M. Bender - University of Washington
  • Chris Biemann - TU Darmstadt
  • Jorge Carrillo-de-Albornoz - Universidad Nacional de EduaciÓn a Distancia
  • Tommaso Caselli - VU University Amsterdam
  • Iris Hendrickx - Radboud University
  • Halil Kilicoglu - U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Maria Liakata - University of Warwick
  • Erwin Marsi - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • German Rigau - UPV/EHU
  • Josef Ruppenhofer - Heidelberg University.
  • Erik Velldal - University of Oslo
  • Lilja Øvrelid - University of Oslo

Questions? Contact the organizers.