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NAACL HLT Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity 2010

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The CALC-10 workshop will be held in conjunction with NAACL HLT 2010 in Los Angeles, on June 5 or 6, 2010.


We are particularly interested in work on the automatic detection, classification, understanding, or generation of:

  • neologisms;
  • creative use of figurative language, including metaphor, metonymy, personification, and idioms;
  • new or unconventional syntactic constructions (e.g., May I serve who's next?);
  • indirect speech acts (such as curses, insults, sarcasm, and irony), verbally expressed humor, poetry, and fiction;
  • other phenomena illustrating linguistic creativity (e.g., eggcorns such as once and a while for once in a while; new and emerging forms found in computer-mediated communication).

We also welcome descriptions and discussions of:

  • computational tools that support people in using language creatively (e.g., tools for computer-assisted creative writing, intelligent thesauri);
  • computational and/or cognitive models of linguistic creativity;
  • metrics and tools for evaluating the performance of creativity-aware systems;
  • specific application scenarios of computational linguistic creativity;

Related topics, including corpora collection, elicitation, and annotation of creative language usage, will also be considered, as long as their relevance to automatic systems is clearly demonstrated.

Tentative dates

  • Dec 18, 2009: Call for papers
  • Mar 1, 2010: Paper submission deadline
  • Mar 30, 2010: Notification of acceptance
  • Jun 5 or 6, 2010: CALC-10


  • Paul Cook, University of Toronto (
  • Anna Feldman, Montclair State University (

Program committee

  • Roberto Basili, University of Roma, Italy
  • Beata Beigman Klebanov, Northwestern University
  • Amilcar Cardoso, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Mona Diab, Columbia University
  • Afsaneh Fazly, Shiraz University, Iran
  • Eileen Fitzpatrick, Montclair State University
  • Pablo Gervas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Roxana Girju, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sid Horton, Northwestern University
  • Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Mark Lee, Birmingham, UK
  • Birte Loenneker-Rodman, University of Hamburg
  • Xiaofei Lu, Penn State
  • Ruli Manurung, University of Indonesia
  • Katja Markert, University of Leeds, UK
  • Saif Mohammad, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada
  • Anton Nijholt, Twente, The Netherlands
  • Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota in Duluth
  • Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis
  • Gerard Steen, Vrije Universiteit,The Netherlands
  • Juergen Trouvain, Saarland, Germany


Here are some recent papers, related to the topics of the CALC-2010 workshop.

  • Paul Cook and Suzanne Stevenson (2010). Automatically identifying the source words of lexical blends in English. To appear in Computational Linguistics. An article on automatically inferring the words that are combined to form expressions such as brunch and fantabulous.

And here are two papers on intriguing syntactic constructions in English: