Call for Papers

Full title: DGfS 2024 workshop “Computational approaches to metaphor and figurative language”
Date: Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2024
Location: Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Organizers: Stefanie Dipper, Tatjana Scheffler, Sebastian Reimann, Adam Roussel (Ruhr-University Bochum)

Call deadline: September 1, 2023

Meeting description: Workshop at the Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS 2024)

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.

We welcome contributions dealing with the identification of (specific forms of) non-literal language, with the interpretation of figurative expressions, or with the relation between literal and non-literal meanings in distributional semantic representations. Further, we are interested in discussing how the meaning of figurative expressions is negotiated, for example in social media, and how distributional semantic representations can be enriched in order to reflect figurative meaning.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Invited speakers

Sabine Schulte im Walde (University of Stuttgart)


Submission details

Authors should submit anonymous abstracts (2 pages maximum, including references, in a 12 point font). References should be formatted according to the APA guidelines. The workshop language is English for both abstracts and talks. According to DGfS regulations, speakers can only present a paper in one workshop. Please submit your abstracts as a (anonymized) PDF document to:, and include the author information in the body of the email. Upon acceptance, participants will be requested to submit a de-anonymized shortened version of the abstract for the conference booklet.

Important dates

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