Date: 26-Jun-2014 — 26-Jun-2014
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Contact Person: Jacob Eisenstein
Web Site: http://www.mpi-sws.org/~
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Call Deadline: 21-Mar-2014
A major growth area in applied natural language processing has been the field of computational social science, in which automated techniques are applied to massive datasets to answer scientific questions about society. Although much work in computational social science focuses on structured data or network data, linguistic data is also central. While some existing natural language processing techniques have found use in this growing community, new techniques for discovering and analyzing social meanings and structures in text are in high demand.
Tackling these challenges should be an interdisciplinary pursuit, building on expertise not just in language technologies but also in substantive social science fields (e.g., political science, economics, sociology, etc.). In particular, engagement between NLP researchers and social scientists will introduce new problem formulations and new theoretical frameworks that will broaden and deepen applications of language technology to social science.
The goal of this workshop is to increase the visibility of this application area for ACL researchers and to help build connections between language technologists and social scientists. The workshop is organized around invited talks from researchers who have successfully brought language technologies to computational social science research questions. Following each invited talk session, there will be an open discussion period.
We also invite abstracts of research in progress relevant to the theme of language technologies for computational social science. Work in progress is encouraged, and all presentations will be presented as posters. This format aims at fostering interactions among participants and invited speakers, contributing towards building a community interested in language technologies and computational social science.
Justin Grimmer (Political Science, Stanford University)
Lillian Lee (Computer Science, Cornell University)
Philip Resnik (Linguistics, University of Maryland)
Sali Tagliamonte (Linguistics, University of Toronto)
Call for Papers:
The official description is below, but for LINGUIST List we want to emphasize our interest in submissions describing novel applications of computing to the study of the social function of language.
This workshop invites a broad spectrum of work in the intersection between computational linguistics and social science. All submissions will be presented as posters, and active discussion of preliminary and ongoing work are especially encouraged.