Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing: 9th International Conference, CICLing 2008, Haifa, Israel, February 17-23, 2008, Proceedings / Edition 1

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing, CICLing 2008, held in Haifa, Israel, in February 2008.

The 52 revised full papers presented together with 4 invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers cover all current issues in computational linguistics research and present intelligent text processing applications. The papers are organized in topical sections on language resources, morphology and syntax, semantics and discourse, word sense disambiguation and named entity recognition, anaphora and co-reference, machine translation and parallel corpora, natural language generation, speech recognition, information retrieval and question answering, text classification, text summarization, as well as spell checking and authoring aid.

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Language Resources

A Distributed Database System for Developing Ontological and Lexical Resources in Harmony 1

Verb Class Discovery from Rich Syntactic Data 16

Growing TreeLex 28

Acquisition of Elementary Synonym Relations from Biological Structured Terminology 40

A Comparison of Co-occurrence and Similarity Measures as Simulations of Context 52

Various Criteria of Collocation Cohesion in Internet: Comparison of Resolving Power 64

Why Don't Romanians Have a Five O'clock Tea, Nor Halloween, But Have a Kind of Valentines Day? 73

SIGNUM: A Graph Algorithm for Terminology Extraction 85

Morphology and Syntax

Arabic Morphology Parsing Revisited 96

A Probabilistic Model for Guessing Base Forms of New Words by Analogy 106

Unsupervised and Knowledge-Free Learning of Compound Splits and Periphrases 117

German Decompounding in a Difficult Corpus 128

Clause Boundary Identification Using Conditional Random Fields 140

Semantics and Discourse

Natural Language as the Basis for Meaning Representation and Inference 151

Layer Structures and Conceptual Hierarchies in Semantic Representations for NLP 171

Deep Lexical Semantics 183

On Ontology Based Abduction for Text Interpretation 194

Analysis of Joint Inference Strategies for the Semantic Role Labeling of Spanish and Catalan 206

A Preliminary Study on the Robustness and Generalization of Role Sets for Semantic Role Labeling 219

XTM: A Robust Temporal Text Processor 231

What We Are Talking about and What We Are Saying about It 241

Trusting Politicians' Words (for Persuasive NLP) 263

Sense Annotation in the Penn Discourse Treebank 275

Word Sense Disambiguation and Named Entity Recognition

ASemantics-Enhanced Language Model for Unsupervised Word Sense Disambiguation 287

Discovering Word Senses from Text Using Random Indexing 299

Domain Information for Fine-Grained Person Name Categorization 311

Language Independent First and Last Name Identification in Person Names 322

Mixing Statistical and Symbolic Approaches for Chemical Names Recognition 334

Anaphora and Co-reference

Portuguese Pronoun Resolution: Resources and Evaluation 344

Semantic and Syntactic Features for Dutch Coreference Resolution 351

Machine Translation and Parallel Corpora

Stat-XFER: A General Search-Based Syntax-Driven Framework for Machine Translation 362

Statistical Machine Translation into a Morphologically Complex Language 376

Translation Paraphrases in Phrase-Based Machine Translation 388

n-Best Reranking for the Efficient Integration of Word Sense Disambiguation and Statistical Machine Translation 399

Learning Finite State Transducers Using Bilingual Phrases 411

Learning Spanish-Galician Translation Equivalents Using a Comparable Corpus and a Bilingual Dictionary 423

Context-Based Sentence Alignment in Parallel Corpora 434

Bilingual Segmentation for Alignment and Translation 445

Dynamic Translation Memory: Using Statistical Machine Translation to Improve Translation Memory Fuzzy Matches 454

Identification of Transliterated Foreign Words in Hebrew Script 466

Natural Language Generation

Innovative Approach for Engineering NLG Systems: The Content Determination Case Study 478

Speech Recognition

Comparison of Different Modeling Units for Language Model Adaptation for Inflected Languages 488

Information Retrieval and Question Answering

Word Distribution Analysis for Relevance Ranking and Query Expansion 500

Hybrid Method for Personalized Search in Scientific Digital Libraries 512

Alignment-Based Expansion of Textual Database Fields 522

Detecting Expected Answer Relations through Textual Entailment 532

Improving Question Answering by Combining Multiple Systems Via Answer Validation 544

Text Classification

Evaluation of Internal Validity Measures in Short-Text Corpora 555

Text Summarization

Arabic/English Multi-document Summarization with CLASSY-The Past and the Future 568

Lexical Cohesion Based Topic Modeling for Summarization 582

Terms Derived from Frequent Sequences for Extractive Text Summarization 593

Spell Checking and Authoring Aid Real-Word Spelling Correction with Trigrams: A Reconsideration of the Mays, Damerau, and Mercer Model 605

Non-interactive OCR Post-correction for Giga-Scale Digitization Projects 617

Linguistic Support for Revising and Editing 631

The Role of PP Attachment in Preposition Generation 643

EFL Learner Reading Time Model for Evaluating Reading Proficiency 655

Author Index 665

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