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NLP is thrilled to jointly organize the 5th Workshop on Language Analysis for Social Media (EACL), April 27, 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden


Language Analysis in Social Media
April 27, 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden



Atefeh Farzindar (NLP Technologies, Canada),
Diana Inkpen (University of Ottawa, Canada), 
Michael Gamon (Microsoft Research, USA), 
Meena Nagarajan (IBM Research, USA), 

We are pleased to inform you that NLP technologies, IMB, Microsoft research and the University of Ottawa are jointly organizing the 5thWorkshop on Language Analysis for Social Media, which will be hosted in conjunction with the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2014) Gothenburg, Sweden.


Over the last few years, there has been a growing public and enterprise interest in social media and its role in modern society. At the heart of this interest is the ability for users to create and share content via a variety of platforms such as blogs, micro-blogs, collaborative wikis, multimedia sharing sites, social networking sites. The unprecedented volume and variety of user-generated content as well as the user interaction network constitute new opportunities for understanding social behavior and building socially intelligent systems.

This 5th workshop will focus on the need for publicly available corpora and test benchmarks in order to allow a comprehensive evaluation of performance, and on the need for an objective comparison of different approaches. We especially (but not exclusively) encourage submissions that provide publicly shared benchmark data set to evaluate future approaches, or submissions that conduct evaluations on existing public data sets.

The workshop will provide a forum for discussion between leading names and researchers involved in text analysis and social networks in the context of natural language understanding, natural language generation, automatic categorization, topic detection, emotion analysis, and applications using computational approaches to process social networks. Besides methodologies and techniques for SM analysis, we also encourage the submission of papers that experiment with and describe applicative contexts in which analysis and detection of affective aspects are useful and beneficial.


We invite original and unpublished research papers on all topics related to the analysis of language in social media, including, but not limited to, the sample topics listed below.  Demos of working or under development systems are encouraged.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, addressing questions such as:
- What are people talking about on social media?
- How are they expressing themselves?
- Why do they scribe?
- Natural language processing techniques for social media analysis
- How do language and social network properties interact?
- Semantic Web / Ontologies / Domain models to aid in social data understanding
- Characterizing Participants via Linguistic Analysis
- Language, Social Media and Human Behavior


Deadline for submission: January 23, 2014
Notification of acceptance: February 20, 2014
Revised version of papers: March 3, 2014
Workshop: April 27, 2014


Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop.  Submissions should be formatted using the EACL 2014 stylefiles for latex or MS Word (, with blind review and not exceeding 8 pages plus an extra page for references.

The PDF files will be submitted electronically via the Start system at

Each submission will be reviewed at least by two members of the programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.
For more information please visit the workshop website (link

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