6th Discourse Anaphora and
Anaphor Resolution Colloquium

March 29-30, 2007, Lagos (Algarve), Portugal
hosted by the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences

2004 S. Miguel (Azores)   |   2002 Lisbon   |   2000 Lancaster   |   1998 Lancaster   |   1996 Lancaster


Day 1, Thursday, March 29

8:30 - 9:30, Registration and check in

9:30 - 11:00

Room A

  • Matteo Negri and Milen Kouylekov (ITC-IRST, Italy)
    "Who are we talking about?" Tracking the referent in a question answering series

  • R. K. Rao Pattabhi*, L. Sobha* and Amit Bagga** (*AU-KBC Research Center, India, **Ask.com, USA)
    Multilingual cross-document co-referencing

  • Ryohei Sasano*, Daisuke Kawahara** and Sadao Kurohashi*** (*Univ of Tokyo, **NICT, ***Kyoto Univ, Japan)
    Improving coreference resolution using bridging reference resolution and automatically acquired synonyms

Room B

  • Andrej Kibrik* and Evgenia Prozorova** (*Inst of Linguistics RAN, Russia, **Moscow State Univ, Russia)
    Referential choice in signed and spoken languages

  • Alfons Maes (Tilburg Univ, The Netherlands)
    (How) do demonstratives code distance?

  • Olga Krasavina*, Christian Chiarcos** and Dmitri Zalmanov*** (*Humboldt Univ of Berlin, **Univ Potsdam, Germany; */***Moscow State Univ, Russia)
    Aspects of topicality in the use of demonstrative expressions in German, English and Russian

11:00 - 11:30, Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

Room A

12:30 - 14:30, Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Room A

  • Ekaterina Jasinskaja, Ulrike Kölsch and Jörg Mayer (Univ of Potsdam, Germany)
    Nuclear accent placement and other prosodic parameters as cues to pronoun resolution

  • Anke Holler and Lisa Irmen (Univ of Heidelberg, Germany)
    Empirically Assessing Effects of the Right Frontier Constraint

  • Ralph Rose (Gunma Prefectural Women's University, Japan)
    Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence

Room B

  • Shana Watters and Jeanette Gundel (Univ of Minnesota, USA)
    An empirical investigation of the relation between coreference and quotations: Can a pronoun located in quotations find its referent?

  • Shun Shiramatsu*, Kazunori Komatani*, Kôiti Hasiday**, Tetsuya Ogata*, Hiroshi G. Okuno* (*Kyoto Univ, **AIST, Japan)
    Meaning-game-based centering model with statistical definition of utility of referential expressions and its verification using Japanese and English corpora

  • Caroline Gasperin, Nikiforos Karamanis and Ruth Seal (Univ of Cambridge, UK)
    Annotation of anaphoric relations in biomedical full-text articles using a domain-relevant scheme

16:00 - 16:30, Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00, Poster session

Room A

  • Mai Zaki (Middlesex Univ, UK)
    A procedural account of demonstratives in English and Arabic: A corpus-based study

  • Pinar Tufekci* and Yilmaz Kilicaslan** (*Namik Kemal Univ, **Trakya Univ, Turkey)
    A syntax-based pronoun resolution system for Turkish

  • Itziar Aduriz*, Klara Ceberio** and Arantza Díaz de Ilarraza** (*Univ of Barcelona, **Univ of The Basque Country, Spain)
    Pronominal anaphora in Basque: Annotation issues

  • Dagmar Bittner, Natalia Gagarina, Milena Kühnast and Insa Gülzow (ZAS Berlin, Germany)
    Acquisition of anaphoric pronouns by German-, Russian-, and Bulgarian-speaking children

  • Nguy Giang Linh and Zdenek Zabokrtsky (Charles Univ, Czech Republic)
    Rule-based approach to pronominal anaphora resolution applied on the Prague Dependency Treebank 2.0 data

  • Peter Willemse (Univ of Leuven, Belgium)
    Direct and indirect anaphora and the possessee referent of prenominal possessives in English

  • Javier Gutierrez-Rexach and Iker Zulaica (The Ohio State Univ, USA)
    Abstract reference and neuter demonstratives in Spanish


19:45, Welcome drink

20:30, Colloquium dinner


Day 2, Friday, March 30

9:00 - 10:30

Room A

  • Advaith Siddharthan and Simone Teufel (Univ of Cambridge, UK)
    Whose idea was this: Deciding attribution in scientific literature

  • Dilek Küçük and Meltem Turhan Yöndem (Middle East Technical Univ, Turkey)
    A knowledge-poor pronoun resolution system for Turkish

  • Gordana Ilic Holen (Univ of Oslo, Norway)
    Automatic anaphora resolution for Norwegian (ARN)

Room B

  • Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion Univ, Israel)
    Anaphora resolution as equality by default

  • António Branco (Univ of Lisbon, Portugal)
    Null subjects are reflexives, not pronouns

  • Erik-Jan Smits, Petra Hendriks and Jennifer Spenader (Univ of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    Using very large parsed corpora and judgment data to classify verb reflexivity

10:30 - 11:00, Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30, Poster session

Room A

  • Lars Hellan (NTNU, Norway)
    Representing clause-internal binding in an HPSG/LKB grammar

  • Nancy Hedberg*, Jeanette Gundel** and Ron Zacharski*** (*Simon Fraser Univ, **Univ of Minnesota, ***State Univ of New Mexico, USA)
    Directly and indirectly anaphoric demonstrative and personal pronouns in newspaper articles

  • Adrian Brasoveanu (Univ California Santa Cruz, USA)
    Structured discourse reference to individuals

  • Costanza Navarretta (Univ of Copenhagen, Denmark)
    A contrastive analysis of the use of abstract anaphora

  • Roberta Tedeschi (UiL OTS, The Netherlands)
    Clitics at the syntax-discourse interface: The case of Italian

  • Joanna Nykiel (Univ of Silesia, Poland)
    When syntax won’t go away: A diachronic study of verb phrase ellipsis and sluicing.

  • Shigeko Nariyama (Univ of Melbourne, Australia)
    Ellipsis and markedness: Examining the meaning of ellipsis

  • Stefan Bott (Univ Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
    Resolving backgrounds

12:30 - 14:30, Lunch

14:30 - 15:30

Room A

  • Invited talk: Ruslan Mitkov, Richard Evans, Constantin Orasan, L.A. Ha, V. Pekar (Univ of Wolverhampton, UK)
    Anaphora resolution: To what extent does it help NLP applications?

15:30 - 16:00, Coffee break

16:00 - 17:30

Room A

  • Frederic Landragin (LATTICE, France)
    Taking situational factors into account when resolving anaphora: An approach based on salience and events

  • Eleni Miltsakaki (Univ of Pennsylvania, USA)
    A rethink of the relationship between salience and anaphora resolution

  • Olga Krasavina (Humboldt Univ of Berlin, Germany and Moscow State Universtity, Russia)
    A multi-factorial study of referential choice on third-person pronouns

Room B

  • Roland Stuckardt (Univ. Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
    Applying backpropagation networks to anaphor resolution

  • Davy Weissenbacher (Univ Paris-Nord, France)
    A Bayesian classifier for the recognition of impersonal it pronoun occurrences: Description of the system

  • Iris Hendrickx, Veronique Hoste and Walter Daelemans (Univ of Antwerp, Belgium)
    Evaluating hybrid versus data-driven coreference resolution

17:30, Farewell


Proceedings of the conference are published by CLUP-Center for Linguistics of the University of Oporto. Check their webpage for their contact and how to order a copy of this volume. :


A selection of best papers are published in their fully-fledged versions by Springer, at the ISI indexed LNAI-Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence series, volume nb 4410:

Fully fledge versions of the 20 best papers of last DAARC editions were recently published in a volume under the title "Anaphora Processing: Linguistic, Cognitive and Computational Modelling".


The proceedings of last DAARC edition were published under the ISBN 972-772-500-7 by Edições Colibri. Check their webpage for their contact and how to order a copy of this volume.