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The 21st Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop (CLSW2020)

Call For Papers

Significance of CLSW

Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop (CLSW) is one of the most important international conferences on Chinese Lexical Semantics and related fields, starting from the turn of the century in year 2000, under the auspices of the Academic Advisory Committee of CLSW conference. This workshop series is dedicated to various approaches to lexical semantic research with the goal to integrate linguistics, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics. It has been held in different Asia Pacific cities, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Singapore, Xiamen, Hsin Chu, Yantai, Suzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Leshan, Macao and Chiayi, etc. CLSW has become one of the most influential and internationally known platforms for cross-disciplinary research exchange, dialogue, and collaboration. Over the past 20 years, it has been attended by an average of 250 participants with a diverse range of scholars from China, Singapore, US, UK and EU.

The 21st Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop (CLSW2020) will be held on May 28-31, 2020, in City University of Hong Kong, organized by Department of Linguistics and Translation at City University of Hong Kong, and co-organized by Department of Linguistics and Modern Language at Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. Scholars all over the world are cordially invited to submit papers to CLSW2020 at CityU of HK!

CLSW2020 Conference Theme

Lexical Semantics, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Science

CLSW2020 features in SIX world-renowned keynote speakers on the thematic topics and FOUR special pre-conference parallel sessions to facilitate scholarly exchanges.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Adele E. Goldberg Princeton University
Prof. Kenneth Ward Church Baidu Research
Prof. Martin Hilpert University of Neuchatel
Prof. Ping Li The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr. Ming Zhou Microsoft Research Asia
Prof. Weiguang Qu Nanjing Normal University

Special Panel Sessions

  1. Lexical Semantics and Chinese Linguistics
  2. Computational Lexical Semantics
  3. Formal Approaches to Lexical Semantics
  4. Chinese Language Acquisition, Teaching, and Testing

Post-Conference Publication

In addition to conference proceedings, selected papers will be published in Springer’s LNAI series of Chinese Lexical Semantics (SCOPUS and EI indexed). High quality papers will also be recommended to journals such as Journal of Chinese Information Processing, Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, Applied Linguistics, Lingua Sinica, and International Journal of Knowledge and Language Processing.

CLSW Best Paper Award

Young scholars under 35 are encouraged to submit papers for the Best Paper Awards, which will be offered to the top three winners. The award papers will be automatically included in the subsequent publication of the CLSW series.

Hong Kong Secondary School Research Award

CLSW2020 has a special addition of Hong Kong Secondary School Research Award, co-organised by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK), which promotes local awareness and interest in linguistics among local secondary school students with the theme “Language Landscape in Hong Kong”. Three awards will be given out to the top papers.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline (4-8 pages): February 16, 2020
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2020
Final paper submission deadline: April 15, 2020
Dates of conference: May 28-31, 2020

Submission Topics

CLSW welcomes submissions on any aspect of Chinese lexical semantics in general, as well as related fields more broadly concerned with language. It aims to cover a wide range of research topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Recent advancements in Lexical Semantics, including theories and methodologies;
  • Lexical Semantics and AI;
  • Lexical Semantics and Cognitive Science;
  • Lexical Semantics and Chinese Linguistics;
  • Lexical vs. constructional approaches to linguistic inquiries or data probing;
  • Lexical semantic representation and processing models for cognition and computation;
  • Construction of Chinese lexical resources, such as dictionaries, thesauri, ontology and wordnet as well as semantically tagged corpora;
  • Theories, technologies, tools, methods, and guidelines for semantic annotation;
  • Applications of Chinese lexical semantics on natural language processing, include but not limited to emotion, fake news, humor, irony, lying, metaphor, etc.
  • Inter-disciplinary studies on lexical semantics involving any of the following and/or other fields: big data, clinical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, deep/machine learning, digital humanities, distributional semantics, information retrieval, intercultural communication, knowledge representation, language acquisition, language variations, machine translation, neuro-/psycho-linguistics, semantic computing, theory of mind etc.

Submission Guidelines

  • Language: papers can be written in either Chinese or English and should be limited to 4 to 8 pages, excluding references. Authors please submit electronic files in Adobe Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word format. Paper submission templates are available below.
  • Anonymous review: All submissions for review must be anonymous. Information that may reveal the identities of the authors must be removed from the paper.
  • Submission website: All papers are to be submitted to Easychair
  • Full guidelines
  • Paper submission templates:

CLSW2020 Organisers and Venue

Organiser: Department of Linguistics and Translation, City University of Hong Kong
Co-organisers: Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, CUHK
The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities
Venue: Wong Cheung Lo Hui Yuet Hall, Floor 5-6, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong
Page last updated: 18 January 2020