June 2014 Newsletter

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Corpora

Abstract Meaning Representation (AMR) Annotation Release 1.0

ETS Corpus of Non-Native Written English

GALE Phase 2 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text Part 2

MADCAT Chinese Pilot Training Set


LDC at ACL 2014: June 23-25, Baltimore, MD

ACL has returned to North America and LDC is taking this opportunity to interact with top HLT researchers gathering in Baltimore, MD.  LDC’s exhibition table will feature information on new developments at the consortium and some interesting giveaways.

LDC’s Seth Kulick will  present research results on “Parser Evaluation Using Derivation Trees: A Complement to evalb” (SP88) during Tuesday’s Long Paper, Short Paper, Poster & Dinner Session II (June 24, 16:50-19:20). This paper was coauthored by LDCers Ann Bies, Justin Mott, and Mark Liberman and Penn linguists Anthony Kroch and Beatrice Santorini.

LDC staff will also participate in the post-conference 2nd Workshop on EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference and Representation on Friday, June 27, https://sites.google.com/site/wsevents2014/home with presentations at the poster session:

    ·         Inter-annotator Agreement for ERE annotation: Seth Kulick, Ann Bies and Justin Mott

    ·         A Comparison of the Events and Relations Across ACE, ERE, TAC-KBP, and FrameNet Annotation Standards:  Stephanie Strassel, Zhiyi Song, Joe Ellis (all LDC) and Jacqueline Aquilar, Charley Beller, Paul McNamee, Benjamin van Durme

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