Workshop 2

Foundations of the Language of Argumentation

September 13, 2016, Univ. of Potsdam, Griebnitzsee Campus

Organizers: Patrick Saint-Dizier (CNRS/IRIT, Univ. of Toulouse) and Manfred Stede (Univ. of Potsdam)

Workshop Program: PDF

Proceedings: PDF

The goal of this workshop is to promote the study of argumentation in natural language, be it in spoken dialogue, written monologue, or multilogue in social media. We aim on the one hand for a deeper understanding of how people use language to exchange arguments, and on the other hand to address the linguistic foundations of automatic argument mining techniques in various types of media. Topics of interest include:

  • Features that distinguish argumentative language from that of other text types (e.g., narrative, descriptive)
  • Features that characterize certain portions of argumentation (stances, justifications, objections, etc.)
  • Linguistic expression of particular argumentation schemes
  • Modes of argumentation: how is it realized in different media, genres, or domains
  • Compiling corpora of argumentative language, and developing analysis methods for relevant features to be annotated
  • Relations between the language of argumentation and areas of linguistic pragmatics, such as discourse structure, explanation, persuasion, authority, ethos and rationality
  • Contrastive (cross-linguistic) studies of the dimensions described above
  • Automatic generation of arguments in natural language, e.g. from underlying knowledge bases.

Program Committee

Miriam Butt (Univ. Konstanz)
Katarzyna Budzynska (Polish Academy of Sciences and Univ. of Dundee)
Mathilde Janier (Univ. of Dundee)
Ralf Klabunde (Ruhr-Univ. Bochum)
Beishui Liao (Zhejiang University)
Bernardo Magnini (FBK Trento)
Chris Reed (Univ. of Dundee)
Andrea Rocci (USI Lugano)
Patrick Saint-Dizier (CNRS-IRIT Toulouse)
Manfred Stede (Univ. of Potsdam)
Maite Taboada (Simon Fraser University)
Serena Villata (INRIA Sophia Antipolis)

Submission modalities

We invite papers which present completed research including new approaches, experimental results, resources and/or techniques. The maximum length of the papers is 6 pages plus references. All submissions must be in PDF format. They should be prepared using the instructions provided by IOS Press (as also used for the COMMA conference):

Submissions are not expected to be anonymous.

The accepted papers will *not* be part of the COMMA conference volume, but there will be separate WS proceedings distributed at the workshop. The possibility of a follow-up publication is subject to discussion at the workshop.

Papers should be submitted by email to

Important dates

June 17 22 (extended), 2016: Workshop paper submission deadline
July 18, 2016: Notification of Acceptance
August 15, 2016: Camera-ready papers due
September 13, 2016: Workshop