Workshop - Computational Models of Literary Analysis

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               "Toward Computational Models of Literary Analysis"
                              May 22nd, 2006, Genova (Italy),

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                  jointly held with the International Conference on
                                May 22nd-28th, 2006

                                      CALL FOR PAPERS


It has been often noticed that computer based literary critics is
still relying on studies of concordances as traditionally intended
since the 13th century. All the intermediate digital representations
(storage, indexes, data structures or records) are not capitalized
although they can play the role of a new literary "monster" (like the
Cheiron centaur) as a new meaningful, artistic and hermeneutic macro
unit. It is indeed true that the digital representation, its metadata
and its digital derivatives (e.g. indexes, parse trees, semantic
references to external dictionaries) are new and more complex forms of
"concordances" and should be used by the literary scholar in
cooperation with the original content. New processes of narrative
analysis should thus take all of this into account by exploiting the
fruitful interactions among the parts of the monster within suitable
software architectures (that are thus more complex than digital

In the Natural Language Processing research community, a wide range of
computational methods have been successfully applied to information
and document management, spanning from text categorization and
information extraction, to ontology leaning, text mining and automatic
semantic markup. Although these techniques are mostly applied to
technical texts in application-driven contexts, their application
range could be expanded to encompass a larger typology of texts,
thereby gaining new powerful insights for the analysis of literary
text content and paving the way for new experiments and forms of text
hermeneutics. The development of language resources in this area is
also rather limited and more interdisciplinary research is needed to
open the field to realistic and effective applications.

Workshop Aims

The long term research enterprise in this field should aim to design
novel paradigms for literary studies that are:

  - more information-centered, as they work at a higher level of
  - interactive with the scholar, as the software is proactive with
    respect to the literary work
  - multifunctional and integrated as they support incremental
    refinement of
    internal knowledge of the opera along with more interaction with
    expert takes place.

This workshop aims to gather studies, achievements and experiences
from scholars belonging to different schools (literary studies,
linguistics, computing technologies, artificial intelligence,
human-computer interaction) in order to survey, compare and assess
currently independent research enterprises whose focus is narrative
and literary text analysis.

The aim is to discuss at which extent the textual evidences currently
observable through digital technologies can support the computational
treatment of narrative and literary phenomena. Results in these area
have an invaluable impact on the technological side (as a novel
challenge for computational models of language and narrative) as well
as on the cultural side (as new perspectives for human-computer
interaction and modern literary analysis). Moreover, the enormous
potentials offered to cultural heritage preservation and dissemination
are evident.


The topics addressed by the workshop are not exhaustively listed as

- Narrative Models for Human-Computer Interaction
- Text Mining for Analysis of narrative and literary texts
- Machine Learning and Knowledge Acquisition from literary texts
- Literary Corpora and Resources
- Ontologies of narrative phenomena
- Cognitive Models of aesthetics
- Semantic annotations of literary corpora

Workshop format.

The workshop will be a half-day event with position statements from
invited speakers with remaining time for presentations of scientific
papers. Submissions are intended to present works in progress and more
completed works which fall within the scope defined by the topics
listed above.  A final 1 hour open discussion among all the workshop
participants will be moderated by the organizers.


Position papers (orientative length: 1000 words) are invited about
studies, achievements and experiences from scholars from different
areas (narrative analysis, literary studies, linguistics, computing
technologies, artificial intelligence) aiming to survey, compare and
assess currently independent research enterprises whose focus is
narrative and literary text analysis. Each submission should show:
title; author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address,
postal address, telephone and fax numbers. Submissions must be sent
electronically in PDF to the following address:

Roberto Basili,

Important dates:

Submission of papers: February 24th, 2006
Acceptance Notification: March 10th, 2006
Preliminary Program:  March 25th, 2006
Submission of the final version of paper:   April 5th, 2006
Workshop   : May 22nd, 2006

Organising Committee

Roberto Basili  (University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)  (co-chair)
Simonetta Bassi (University of Pisa & SIGNUM, SNS, Italy)
Marc Cavazza (University of Teeside, UK) 
Richard Coyne (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Pierantonio Frare (University of Milan, Italy)
Andrea Gareffi (University of Roma, Tor Vergata, Italy)
Graeme Hirst, (University of Toronto, Canada)
Jerry Hobbs (ISI, University of Southern California, USA)
Hugh Craig (University of Newcastle, Australia)   
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy) (co-chair)
Marco Pennacchiotti (University of Roma, Tor Vergata, Italy)
Mirko Tavoni (University of Pisa, Italy)
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)   

For any information related to the organization, please contact:

Roberto Basili 
Dept. of Computer Science, Systems and Management
University of Roma Tor Vergata
Via di Tor Vergata
00133 Roma (ITALY)
tel:     +39 06 72597391
fax:    +39 06 72597460

        Note to Vicky and Nickel: If this one should be moved to another thread, by all means...:-)


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