The 10th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2014)

In Gothenburg, Sweden with EACL 2014

Endorsed by SIGLEX.

The 10th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2014)

EACL 2014 (Gothenburg, Sweden), April 26-27, 2014

Organised, sponsored and endorsed by:

SIGLEX, the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon of the ACL PARSEME, European IC1207 COST Action

Under the denomination “multiword expression”, one assumes a wide range of linguistic constructions such as idioms (storm in a teacup, sweep under the rug), fixed phrases (in vitro, by and large, rock’n roll), noun compounds (olive oil, laser printer), compound verbs (take a nap, bring about), etc. While easily mastered by native speakers, their interpretation poses a major challenge for computational systems, due to their flexible and heterogeneous nature.

For a start, MWEs are not nearly as frequent in NLP resources as they are in real-word text, and this problem of coverage may impact the performance of many NLP tasks. Moreover, treating MWEs also involves problems like determining their semantics, which is not always compositional (to kick the bucket meaning to die). In sum, MWEs are a key issue and a current weakness for natural language parsing and generation, as well as real-life applications depending on language technology, such as machine translation, just to name a prominent one among many.

Thanks to the joint efforts of researchers from several fields working on MWEs, significant progress has been made in recent years, especially concerning the construction of large-scale language resources. For instance, there is a large number of recent papers that focus on acquisition of MWEs from corpora, and others that describe a variety of techniques to find paraphrases for MWEs. Current methods use a plethora of tools such as association measures, machine learning, syntactic patterns, web queries, etc. A considerable body of techniques, resources and tools to perform these tasks are now available, and are indicative of the growing importance of the field within the NLP community.

Many of these advances are described as part of the annual workshop on MWEs, which attracts the attention of an ever-growing community working on a variety of languages and MWE types. The workshop has been held since 2001 in conjunction with major computational linguistics conferences (ACL, EACL, NAACL, COLING, LREC), providing an important venue for the community to interact, share resources and tools and collaborate on efforts for advancing the computational treatment of MWEs. Additionally, special issues on MWEs have been published by leading journals in computational linguistics. The latest such effort is the special issue on “Multiword Expressions: from Theory to Practice and Use”, which has recently been published by the ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing.

MWE 2014 will be the 10th event in the series. We will be interested in major challenges in the overall process of MWE treatment, both from the theoretical and the computational viewpoint, focusing on original research related (but not limited) to the following topics:

The workshop will feature a Special Track on Parsing and MWEs dedicated to “deep” parsing of MWEs, inviting submissions on the following and related challenges:

This special track is endorsed by PARSEME, European IC1207 COST Action, dedicated to parsing and MWEs. A separate time slot will be allocated to the special track within the workshop. Authors may submit papers either to the special track or to the regular workshop. They should follow common submission instructions.


PARSEME will fund travel and stay for at least 20 participants from the Action’s member countries. The deadline for grant applications is 3 March 2014. Click here for more information on the application procedure.

SUBMISSION MODALITIES For MWE 2014, we accept the following two types of submissions:

The reported research should be substantially original. The papers will be presented orally or as posters. The decision as to which papers will be presented orally and which as posters will be made by the program committee based on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the EACL 2014 formatting requirements (download ZIP archive). We strongly advise the use of the provided Word or LaTeX template files.

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided as well.

Resources submitted with the papers should be anonymized for submission. Papers and/or resources that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, where no distinction will be made between papers presented orally or as posters.

Submission and reviewing will be electronic, managed by the START system:

Submissions must be uploaded onto the START system by the submission deadline: January 30th, 2014 (11:59pm, GMT-12). Please choose the appropriate submission type from the starting submission page, according to the category of your paper.



For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to