CogALex-V Shared Task on the Corpus-Based Identification of Semantic Relations
Submission deadline: 16 October 2016, 23:59 GMT

The organizers of the COLING 2016 Workshop CogALex-V are pleased to announce a 
Shared Task on the Corpus-Based Identification of Semantic Relations.  Semantic 
relations play an important role in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and in 
human lexical retrieval. Corpus-based approaches to semantic relation 
identification do not only help to perform NLP tasks, but they can also shed 
light on the organization of the mental lexicon.

The shared task takes the form of a “friendly competition” in which 
participants evaluate their own models. It is divided into two subtasks aimed 
at identifying whether two words are semantically related and which particular 
relation holds between them, respectively.  A dataset extracted from EVALution 
1.0 (Santus et al. 2015) is provided for training and testing of the models.  
Short papers describing systems and evaluation results must be submitted by 15 
October 2016 together with the system output.  All papers that meet the formal 
review criteria will be published in the workshop proceedings.  Teams are still 
welcome to participate in the Shared Task even if they have not registered yet 
– please send an expression of interest by e-mail to in this 

For further details and downloads see the task homepage:

and join our Google group: 

Important Dates
        8 Sep 2016: Task description and training data released
        27 Sep 2016: Test data and evaluation scripts released
        16 Oct 2016, 23:59 GMT: Submission of system description papers (4 
pages) and system output
         - please follow the submission instructions at
         - submission through START manager at (set submission type to "Shared 
Task (4 pages)")
        25 Oct 2016: Reviews returned
        2 Nov 2016: Camera-ready deadline (strict!)
        12 Dec 2016: Workshop Date

Shared Task Organizers
        Stefan Evert – 
        Alessandro Lenci – 
        Enrico Santus – 

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