The 6th Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW VI)

Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group on Annotation (SIGANN)
Jeju, Republic of Korea
July 12-13, 2012
Workshop website:
Submission website:

1. Workshop overview

Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the backbone of supervised methods of statistical natural language processing. The Sixth LAW will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of innovative research on all aspects of linguistic annotation, including creation/evaluation of annotation schemes, methods for automatic and manual annotation, use and evaluation of annotation software and frameworks, representation of linguistic data and annotations, etc. As in the past, the LAW will provide a forum for annotation researchers to both work towards standardization, best practices, and interoperability of annotation information and software.

2. Topics of Interest

The special theme for LAW VI is Collaborative Annotation (both community-based and crowd-sourced). We invite submissions relating to this theme as well as any aspect of linguistic annotation, including:

Annotation procedures:

Annotation evaluation:

Annotation access and use:

Annotation guidelines and standards:

Annotation software and frameworks:

Annotation schemes:

3. Important dates

  • March 28, 2012 (23:59 GMT-11): Submission deadline
  • May 4, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
  • May 18, 2012: Camera-ready paper
  • May 20, 2012: No papes may be withdrawn after this date
  • Jul 12-13, 2012: Workshop in Jeju, Republic of Korea

    4. Submission Information

    The papers should report original and unpublished research on topics of interest for the workshop. Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the workshop, and will be published in the workshop proceedings. They should emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results.

    A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings.

    4.1 Submission Format: All submissions must be electronic in PDF and must be formatted using the ACL 2012 style files, which are available at

    4.2 Maximum Length: The maximum length of a submitted paper is eight (8) pages of content for long papers or four (4) pages of content for short papers and demonstrations, plus up to two (2) pages of references.

    4.3 Anonymous Review: Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

    4.4 Double Submitting: Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information on the START online submission page. If the LAW VI accepts a paper, authors must notify the program chairs *immediately* indicating which meeting they choose for presentation of their work. The LAW VI cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere.

    4.5 Submission site: Authors must submit papers online at

    4.6 Submission deadline is at 23:59 GMT-11 on March 28, 2012. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

    5. Workshop Chairs

  • Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
  • Fei Xia (University of Washington)

    6. Program Committee

  • Collin Baker (ICSI/UC Berkeley)
  • Emily Bender (University of Washington)
  • Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC/CNR)
  • Steve Cassidy (Macquarie University)
  • Christopher Cieri (LDC/University of Pennsylvania)
  • Stefanie Dipper (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum)
  • Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute)
  • Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
  • Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
  • Dan Flickinger (Stanford University)
  • Udo Hahn (Friedrich Schiller Universitšt Jena)
  • Chu-Ren Huang (Hong Kong Polytechnic)
  • Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Adam Meyers (New York University)
  • Antonio Pareja Lora (UCM / ATLAS-UNED)
  • Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
  • Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
  • Christopher Potts (Stanford University)
  • Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
  • James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
  • Owen Rambow (Columbia University)
  • Manfred Stede (Universitat Potsdam)
  • Mihai Surdeanu (Yahoo! Research, Barcelona)
  • Katrin Tomanek (Universitaet Dordrecht)
  • Theresa Wilson (University of Edinburgh)
  • Andreas Witt (IDS Mannheim)
  • Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University) If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact us at