Workshop on Annotation in Digital Humanities (annDH): How Can 
Linguistics/Computational Linguistics Help with Annotation in DH

Workshop at ESSLLI 2018 (
Sofia, Bulgaria
August 6-10, 2018


Linguistic annotation is one of the core interfaces between linguistics and 
computational linguistics. It has also become a central interface between 
computational linguistics (CL) and digital humanities (DH). Texts are 
preprocessed and annotated, e.g. with parts of speech, for distant reading and 
other visualization applications, topic and network analyses, text mining and 
question answering for humanist research questions. In these applications the 
annotation is a means to an end and mostly invisible to the humanist 

In this workshop, we will push the boundary of this interface and focus on 
annotation beyond the standard linguistic categories, looking at categories and 
relations relevant for humanist research questions themselves, such as 
metaphors, stereotypes, entities, causation of historical events, narratives, 
or philosophical reasoning. In this area, CL cannot necessarily provide tools, 
but instead it can provide methodology and best practices. Thus, lessons 
learned in linguistic annotation can be repurposed for annotation in DH. This 
includes CL support of the epistemological process of developing the annotation 
categories themselves, which are often inductively—or abductively—derived in a 
hermeneutically cyclic way. Also included in the scope of the workshop is 
research on the data types in the digital humanities, which mostly concern 
non-canonical language and thus pose challenges for automated annotation.


The conference invites extended abstracts related to themes including but not 
limited to:
        • Annotation projects on concepts beyond standard linguistic categories 
such as metaphors, stereotypes, entities, causation of historical events, 
narratives, or philosophical reasoning.
        • Methodology and best practices from linguistic annotation and 
evaluation applicable for DH annotation
        • Project descriptions and results that use 
POS/syntactic/semantic/pragmatic/sentiment annotation, etc. for DH purposes 
such as distant reading or visualization 
        • Tools that support DH annotation concepts and goals, or tool 
specifications (i.e. wishlists: what do we need in terms of annotation tools?)
        • Annotation in different epistemological settings: deductive, 
inductive and abductive
        • Supporting / Defining the hermeneutic process of annotation
        • Automatic/semi-automatic/manual linguistic annotation that supports 
the hermeneutic process of textual interpretation
        • Bridging the gap between qualitative coding and creating re-usable 
training data for automatic annotation
        • Discussion of data types relevant for DH annotations


   April 25, 2018    submission deadline
   May 25, 2018    notification of acceptance
   June 30, 2018   camera-ready version due

Deadlines are midnight Pacific Standard Time (UTC−8).


Submissions should report original and unpublished research, overviews of 
existing approaches, or empirically supported position statements on topics of 
interest to the workshop. Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the 
workshop and will be published in the workshop proceedings. Where applicable, 
they should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. 
We invite extended abstracts of 2-4 pages, excluding references. All 
submissions are electronic and in PDF format via the EasyChair system and 
should follow this year’s LREC stylefiles 
(  Reviewing will be 
double blind: Information about the author(s) and other identifying information 
such as obvious self-references (e.g., “We showed in [12] …”) and financial or 
personal acknowledgements should be omitted in the submitted abstracts whenever 

Extended abstracts may contain a clearly marked appendix and data files to 
support claims. While reviewers are urged to consult this extra material for 
better comprehension, it is at their discretion
whether they do so. Such extra material should also be anonymized to the extent 

Final papers will be up to 6 pages long, plus references, to allow authors to 
address reviewers' comments.

Use the following link for submission:


Depending on number and quality of submissions, and interest of authors, we 
plan to edit a special issue of full length papers based on contributions to 
the workshop.




Sandra Kübler (Indiana University, USA) 
Heike Zinsmeister (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Program Committee (to be completed)

Melanie Andresen    University of Hamburg, Germany
Fabian Barteld        University of Hamburg, Germany
Sabine Bartsch        University of Darmstadt, Germany
Peggy Bockwinkel    University of Stuttgart, Germany
Fritz Breithaupt        Indiana University, USA
Noah Bubenhofer    Zurich University, Switzerland
Simon Clematide    Zurich University, Switzerland
Thierry Declerck        DFKI Saarbrücken, Germany
Stefanie Dipper        University of Bochum, Germany
Kim Gerdes        Sorbonne nouvelle Paris, France
Evelyn Gius        University of Hamburg, Germany
Fotis Jannidis        University of Würzburg, Germany
Hannah Kermes        University of the Saarland, Germany
Lothar Lemnitzer    BBAW Berlin, Germany
Harald Lüngen        IDS Mannheim, Germany
Marco Passarotti    Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy
Nils Reiter        University of Stuttgart, Germany
Ulrike Schneider        University of Mainz, Germany
Olga Scrivner        Indiana University, USA
Caroline Sporleder    University of Göttingen, Germany
Thorsten Trippel        University of Tübingen, Germany
Mihaela Vela        University of the Saarland, Germany
Gabriel Viehhauser    University of Stuttgart, Germany
Andreas Witt        University of Cologne, Germany
Amir Zeldes        Georgetown University, USA

Sandra Kuebler
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Linguistics
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 852
Bloomington, IN-47405

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