7th Discourse Anaphora and
Anaphor Resolution Colloquium

November 5-6, 2009, Goa, India
hosted by AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai

2007 Lagos (Algarve)   |   2004 S. Miguel (Azores)   |   2002 Lisbon   |   2000 Lancaster   |   1998 Lancaster   |   1996 Lancaster


Conference Venue    Sala de Banquet, Hotel Cidade de Goa, Goa

Day 1 - 05/11/2009 Thursday

08.30 am - 09.30 am, Registration

09.30 am - 09.45 am, Inauguration

09.45 am - 10.15 am, Coffee/Tea break

10.15 am - 11.45 am, Session - I

  • Dan Cristea, Emanuel Dima and Corina Dima (Alexandru Ioan University of Iasi, Faculty of Computer Science, Romania)
    Why would a robot make use of pronouns?

  • Iris Hendrickx and Veronique Hoste (LT3 Language and Translation Technology Team, Hogeschool Gent)
    Coreference Resolution on Blogs and Commented News

  • Sobha L, Sankar K, Kavitha V and Pattabhi Rama Krishna Rao T (AU-KBC Research Center, India)
    Identification of Similar Documents Using Coherent Chunks

11.45 am - 12.00 noon, Coffee/Tea Break

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm, Session - II

  • Yoad Winter and Eric Reuland (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, The Netherlands)
    Binding without Identity: Towards a unified semantics for bound and exempt anaphors

  • Dagmar Schadler (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, The Netherlands)
    The anaphoric system in Swedish in comparison to Dutch and German

  • Alexis Dimitriadis and Min Que (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, The Netherlands)
    The doubly-marked reflexive in Chinese

  • Xiao He and Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California, USA)
    Consequences of variable accessibility for anaphor resolution in Chinese

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm, Lunch

3.00 pm - 4.30 pm, Session - III:  Posters

  • Jason Ma (Providence University, Taiwan)
    An Evolutionary Reformulation of Centering Theory

  • Milena Kuehnast*, Tom Roeper** and Dagmar Bittner* (*Centre for General Linguistics, ZAS Berlin, Germany; **Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, USA)
    What is the acquisition path for Topic-shift?

  • Klara Ceberio*, Itziar Aduriz**, Arantza Diaz de Ilarraza* and Ines Garcia Azkoaga*** (*IXA Group, University of The Basque, Spain; **Department of Linguistics, University of Barcelona; ***Department of Basque Philology, University of The Basque Country)
    Empirical study of the relevance of semantic information for anaphora resolution: the case of adverbial anaphora

  • David Li and Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California, USA)
    Overcoming structural preference: Effects of context on the interpretation of the Chinese simple reflexive ziji

  • Anna Volkova (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, The Netherlands)
    Anaphor resolution in Eastern Mari

  • Girish Nath Jha*, sobha L** and Diwakar Mishra* (*Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; **AU-KBC Research Center, India)
    Discourse Anaphora and Resolution Techniques in Sanskrit

4.30 pm - 5.00 pm, Coffee/Tea Break

5.00 pm - 6.30 pm, Session IV

  • Andrej Kibrik (Institute of Linguistics RAN, Russia)
    Basics of referential systems: Sorting things out

  • Anna Nedoluzhko, Jirí Mírovský, Radek Ocelák and Jirí Pergler (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
    Extended Coreferential Relations and Bridging Anaphora in the Prague Dependency Treebank

  • Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California, USA)
    Keeping an eye on the competition: Referring to focus-induced alternatives

Day 2 - 6/11/2009 Friday

09.30 am - 11 am,   Invited Talk:
   Prof. Massimo Poesio

Uni Trento (Language Interaction & Computation Lab, Center for Mind / Brain Sciences)
Uni Essex (Language and Computation Group, School of Computer and Engineering)

The lack of large-scale corpora annotated with semantic information has been a serious bottleneck for computational semantics, slowing down not only the development of more advanced statistical methods, but also our empirical understanding of the phenomena. The creation of the Ontonotes corpus will finally bring computational semantics to the point where computational syntax was in 1993 - but in the meantime, we have come to appreciate the limitations of that methodology both theoretically and as a way of gathering judgments. In this talk, I will discuss an ongoing effort to use the 'Games with a Purpose' methodology to create a large-scale anaphorically annotated corpus in which multiple judgments are maintained about the interpretation of each anaphoric expression - and in particular, the Phrase Detectives game:http://www.phrasedetectives.org

Joint work with Jon Chamberlain and Udo Kruschwitz (University of Essex)

11.00 am - 11.30 am, Coffee/Tea Break

11.30 am - 1.00 pm, Session V

  • Petra Schumacher (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)
    Definiteness Marking Shows Late Effects during Discourse Processing: Evidence from ERPs

  • José Leităo*, António Branco**, Maria Mercedes Pińango*** and Luís Pires* (*University of Coimbra, Portugal; **University of Lisbon, Portugal; ***Yale University, USA)
    Pronoun Resolution to Commanders and to Recessors is Investigated by Event-Related Brain Potentials: preliminary results

  • Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California, USA)
    Effects of anaphoric dependencies and semantic representations on pronoun interpretation

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm, Lunch

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm, Session VI

  • Bhargav Uppalapu and Dipti Misra Sharma (International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India)
    Pronoun Resolution For Hindi

  • Souha Mezghani Hammami* , Lamia Hadrich Belguith* and Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou** (*MIRACL Lab, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Tunisia; **MIRACL Lab, The High Institute for Computer Sciences and Multimedia,Tunisia)
    A rule-based method for detecting Arabic Anaphoric Pronouns

  • Costanza Navarretta (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
    Automatic recognition of the function of third-person singular neuter pronouns in texts and spoken data

4.00 pm - 4.30 pm, Coffee/Tea Break

4.30 pm - 6.0 pm, Session VII

  • Marta Recasens* and Eduard Hovy** (*University of Barcelona, Spain; **University of Southern California, USA)
    A Deeper Look into Features for Coreference Resolution

  • Constantin Orasan and Laura Hasler (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
    Do coreferential arguments make coreferential events?

  • Christer Johansson (University of Bergen, Norway)
    Evaluation of coreference chains

6.00 pm - 6.15 pm, Closing Ceremony


DAARC2009 conference Proceedings, are published by Computational Linguistics Research Group (CLRG), AU-KBC Research Centre. Check their webpage for their contact and 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 No. 5847:

Last Conference's Proceedings :

Proceedings of the DAARC 2007 conference were 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 were 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 2004 DAARC edition were published under the ISBN 972-772-500-7 by Ediçőes Colibri. Check their webpage for their contact and how to order a copy of this volume.