Third Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature

The Third Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature will take place on April 27, 2014 in Göteborg, Sweden, co-located with EACL 2014.

Call for papers can be found on the Workshop website.

The purpose of the series of ACL workshops on Computational Linguistics for Literature is to bring together researchers fascinated with literature as a unique type of data which pose distinct challenges. We invite papers on original unpublished work in this broad area. In particular, we hope to see papers which explore how the state-of-the-art methods can help solve existing research problems in the humanities, or perhaps suggest new problems.

Literary texts revolve around the human condition, emotions, social life and inner life. Naturally, such data abound in common-sense knowledge but are very thin on technical jargon. Can tools and methods developed in the ACL community help process literary data? When do they work, when do they fail and why? What new instruments do we need in order to work with prose and poetry, on a large or small scale? Are there computational solutions of  noteworthy problems in the Humanities, Information Science, Library Sciences and other similar disciplines?

Here are some of the topics of interest to the workshop:

  • the needs of the readers and how these needs translate into meaningful NLP tasks;
  • searching for literature;
  • recommendation systems for literature;
  • computational modeling of narratives, computational narratology, computational folkloristics;
  • summarization of literature;
  • differences between literature and other types of writing as relevant to computational linguistics;
  • discourse structure in literature;
  • emotion analysis for literature;
  • profiling and authorship attribution;
  • identification and analysis of literary genres;
  • building and analyzing social networks of characters;
  • generation of literary narrative, dialogue or poetry;
  • modelling literary dialogue for generation.