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Computational approaches to metaphor and figurative language

The 46th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS 2024)

Bochum, February 28 – March 1, 2024

Conference Website: https://www.dgfs2024.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

Aims and Background

Figurative and non-literal language, such as metaphor, metonymy, or personification, poses a special challenge for computational analysis, since these expressions are not used with their usual, ordinary meanings, as represented in corpus data or recorded in lexical resources, but with different, derived meanings.

We aim to bring together computational linguists working on the automatic analysis of non-literal language. A special focus will be on non-conventionalized usages, such as novel metaphors or innovative forms of metonymy. In addition, we are particularly interested in approaches applicable to languages other than English, for example low-resource languages or domains.

Invited Speakers

Ekaterina Shutova (University of Amsterdam)

Sabine Schulte im Walde (University of Stuttgart)

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All sessions will be located in HGB 20.

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Preliminary Schedule

All times listed are CET (UTC+01:00).

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

13:45 Introduction
14:45 Invited Talk: Modelling Metaphor in the Age of Large Language Models
15:45 Coffee break
Corpus Linguistics
16:30 Extended metaphors
17:00 Computational Analysis of the Use of Metaphors vs. Similes
17:30 Investigating Body Part Construction Metaphors in the Neo-Assyrian Royal Archives

Thursday, February 29, 2024

09:00 Invited Talk: Interactions of Figurative Language, Abstractness and Plausibility in Verb-Object Event Descriptions
10:00 A Metaphor Theory Based on Etymological Structure Network Analysis
10:30 Coffee break
Crosslinguistic studies
11:15 VOLIMET: Synonymous Metaphorical vs. Literal Verb-Object English–German and English–French Parallel Corpus
11:45 Cross-Lingual Metaphor Detection for Low-Resource Languages
12:15 Determiners' Impact on Metaphoric Meaning for Computational Analysis in Spanish
12:45 Lunch break
Semantic shifts
13:45 Identification of shifts in metaphorical usage of compound nouns over time
14:15 Challenges in the Computational Detection of Metaphoric Change in Less-Resourced Languages: A Case Study of Technology-Related Expression in Polish

Friday, March 1, 2024

Metaphor detection
11:45 Improved metaphor identification via (contextual) distributional semantic representations
12:15 Conceptual domain disambiguation for metaphor identification and interpretation
12:45 Using Large Language Models for Conventional Metaphor Detection
13:15 Closing Discussion

Call for Papers


Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: September 1, 2023
Notification of acceptance: September 8, 2023
Workshop: Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2024


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