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DGfS 2024 workshop “Computational Approaches to Metaphor and Figurative Language”


Figurative and non-literal language, such as metaphor, metonymy, or personification, poses a special challenge for computational analysis, since these expressions are not used with their usual, ordinary meanings, as represented in corpus data or recorded in lexical resources, but with different, derived meanings.

In the context of the 46th annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS 2024), which will take place in Bochum at the end of February 2024, the subprojects B01 and C04 will organize a workshop on the topic of “Computational approaches to metaphor and figurative language”.

The workshop will take place from February 28 to March 1, 2024, and aims to bring together computational linguists working on the automatic analysis of non-literal language. A special focus will be on non-conventionalized usages, such as novel metaphors or innovative forms of metonymy. In addition, the organizers are particularly interested in approaches applicable to languages other than English, for example low-resource languages or domains.

Invited Speakers

Ekaterina Shutova (University of Amsterdam)

Sabine Schulte im Walde (University of Stuttgart)

Workshop Program

All times listed are CET (UTC+01:00).


Wednesday, February 28, 2024
13:45 Introduction
Workshop organizers
14:45 Invited Talk: Modelling Metaphor in the Age of Large Language Models
Ekaterina Shutova
15:45 Coffee break
Corpus Linguistics
16:30 Extended metaphors
Markus Egg
17:00 Computational Analysis of the Use of Metaphors vs. Similes
Ariel Cohen
17:30 Investigating Body Part Construction Metaphors in the Neo-Assyrian Royal Archives
Matthew Ong and Shai Gordin
Thursday, February 29, 2024
09:00 Invited Talk: Interactions of Figurative Language, Abstractness and Plausibility in Verb-Object Event Descriptions
Sabine Schulte im Walde
10:00 A Metaphor Theory Based on Etymological Structure Network Analysis
Marie Teich
10:30 Coffee break
Crosslinguistic studies
11:15 VOLIMET: Synonymous Metaphorical vs. Literal Verb-Object English–German and English–French Parallel Corpus
Prisca Piccirilli, Sabine Schulte im Walde, Alexander Fraser
11:45 Cross-Lingual Metaphor Detection for Low-Resource Languages
Anna Hülsing, Sabine Schulte im Walde
12:15 Determiners' Impact on Metaphoric Meaning for Computational Analysis in Spanish
Maria Isabel Marin Morales, Maribel Betancur Serna, Laura Marcela Quintero Montoya
12:45 Lunch break
Semantic shifts
13:45 Identification of shifts in metaphorical usage of compound nouns over time
Chris Jenkins
14:15 Challenges in the Computational Detection of Metaphoric Change in Less-Resourced Languages: A Case Study of Technology-Related Expression in Polish
Marek Placiński, Klaudia Karkowska, Darya Namednikava, Svetlana Kuleshova & Michael Pleyer
Friday, March 1, 2024
Metaphor detection
11:45 Improved metaphor identification via (contextual) distributional semantic representations
Gerold Schneider, Johannes Fröh
12:15 Conceptual domain disambiguation for metaphor identification and interpretation
Mojca Brglez, Kristina Pahor de Maiti
12:45 Using Large Language Models for Conventional Metaphor Detection
Jiahui Liang, Stephan Raaijmakers, Aletta G. Dorst, Jelena Prokic
13:15 Closing Discussion

DGfS 2024 Annual Meeting: Language and Attitude (link to the conference website)

Affiliated Persons

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Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dipper


Universitätsstr. 150
44801  Bochum
Office GB 1/161
+49 234 32-25112
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Sebastian Reimann


Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 2.07

Adam Roussel

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Prof. Dr. Tatjana Scheffler


Universitätsstr. 150
44801  Bochum
Office GB 5/157
+49 234 32-21471