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New publications at KONVENS, CoNLL and EMNLP-IJCNLP

Several new publications have been accepted at the upcoming KONVENS (October 9–11, 2019 in Erlangen-Nürnberg), CoNLL (November 3-4, 2019 in Hong Kong) and EMNLP-IJCNLP (November 3–7, 2019 in Hong Kong) conference.

Congratulations to the authors!

Angel Daza, Anette Frank: Translate and label! An encoder-decoder approach for cross-lingual semantic role labeling. In: Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing, November 3-7, 2019, Hong Kong, China, 2019.


Ines Reinig, Ines Rehbein: Metaphor detection for German Poetry. In: Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS), October 9–11, 2019, Nürnberg, Germany, 2019, (to appear).


Josef Ruppenhofer, Ines Rehbein: Detecting the boundaries of sentence-like units in spoken German. In: Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS), October 9–11, 2019, Nürnberg, Germany, 2019, (to appear).


Raphael Schumann, Ines Rehbein: Active learning via membership query synthesis for semi-supervised sentence classification. In: Proceedings of the SIGNLL Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning, November 3-4, 2019, Hong Kong, China, 2019, (to appear).


Michael Wiegand, Margarita Chikobava, Josef Ruppenhofer: A supervised learning approach for the extraction of sources and targets from German text. In: Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS), October 9–11, 2019, Nürnberg, Germany, 2019, (to appear).


Wiegand, Michael, Lapp, Leonie, Ruppenhofer, Josef (Ed.): A descriptive analysis of a German corpus annotated with opinion sources and targets. In: Wiegand, Michael; Lapp, Leonie; Ruppenhofer, Josef (Ed.): Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS), October 9–11, 2019, Nürnberg, Germany, 2019.


Complete publication listing: here.

2nd Heidelberg Computational Humanities Summer School (HCH19)

LiMo is co-organising the 2nd Heidelberg Computational Humanities Summer School (HCH19), taking place from July 15-19, 2019. The summer school is hosted by the Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Heidelberg University.

The HCH19 Summer School offers one week of closely integrated lectures, workshops and panels which emphasize mixed methods and the multimodality of computational humanities. The lectures will focus on the following key areas:

  • Methodology of Computational Humanities: Mixed Methods in the Making
  • Computational Literary Analysis
  • Computational Humanities in the Cultural Sphere
  • Computational Humanities in the Social Sphere

Application is open until January 07, 2019. For more details, see the
HCH19 Summer School  website.

ESSP Workshop will take place in Minneapolis, USA, on June 6 2019

The Workshop on Extracting Structured Knowledge from Scientific Publications (ESSP) focuses on processing scientific articles and creating structured repositories such as knowledge graphs for finding new information and making scientific discoveries. The workshop will cover the following main topics:

  • Information extraction from scientific publications
  • Finding patterns and mining new information in knowledge graphs
  • Using extracted structured knowledge.

The ESSP workshop will be collocated with the 2019 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL-HLT 2019), which will take place in Minneapolis, USA, 2-7 June, 2019.

For further information on ESSP and workshop program, please see here.

We welcome our new team member: Michael Wiegand!

Since January 2019, Michael Wiegand is the new group leader of the research Area A “Natural Language Processing & Annotation Science”.

Before that, Michael Wiegand worked as a postdoctoral researcher of the Spoken Language Systems Group at Saarland University. Between 2016 and 2018 he has already published several publications in close cooperation with the LiMo (see publication list).

We are very glad to have him in our team!

Homepage of Michael Wiegand

Public talk by Maria Becker at the InFoDiTex Forum

On October 22, at 18:15, Maria Becker will give a public talk at the Interdisciplinary Forum of Digital Textual Sciences (InFoDiTex) with the title “Detecting Controversial Concepts within Discourses Using Quantitative Methods”.


We investigate a corpus of 72.000 German newspaper articles on climate change by applying quantitative methods such as keyword analysis or semantic tagging in order to find controversial topics and concepts. Our approach is divided into four steps with varying granularity: (a) Detecting Central Topics, (b) Detecting Central Subtopics, (c) Detecting Controversial Topics & Concepts and (d) Detecting Central Controversial Texts. Our contributions are twofold: (1) We reveal interesting insights into central controversial topics, actors, foci and points of view and styles of discussion and (2) we suggest a method for detecting Controversial Concepts within Textual Corpora using quantitative methods which we consider to be applicable to any other kind of discourse.

For more information, see here.

Best Paper Award at COLING 2018

The paper “Distinguishing affixoid formations from compounds” by Josef Ruppenhofer, Michael Wiegand, Rebecca Wilm and Katja Markert  received the Best Paper Award in the category “Best linguistic analysis” at COLING 2018 , which will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The paper will be presented on Friday, August 24, 2018 (see COLING 2018 – Conference program).

We congratulate the authors for their excellent work.



We welcome our new team member: Juri Opitz!

Juri Opitz joined the LiMo team on April 1, 2018.

Our newest member completed his Bachelor of Arts in Computational Linguistics at University of Heidelberg. His research interests lie in the fields of Semantics, Knowledge Graphs and NLP for historic texts.

He will be part of the research Area C “Applications in empirical linguistics & Digital Humanities”.

We are very pleased to welcome him on our team!


Homepage of Juri Opitz