Collocations in Lexicography: existing solutions and future challenges

Date: 30 September 2019

REGISTER: The workshop is open to everybody for free. If you wish to attend the workshop, please contact Iztok Kosem (

Iztok Kosem, Jožef Stefan Institute & University of Ljubljana
Polona Gantar, University of Ljubljana

9:15-10:15Corpus, Statistics, Collocation
Size of Corpora and Collocations: the Case of Russian (Maria Khokhlova and Vladimir Benko)
Exploring the extraction of collocations for dictionaries of Lusoga (Bantu, Uganda) (Gilles-Maurice de Schryver & Minah Nabirye)
Updating the dictionary: semantic change identification based on change in bigrams over time (Nicolai Hartvig Sørensen, Henrik Lorentzen & Sanni Nimb)

Corpus-based Automatic Identification of Multi-word Entry Candidates (Pavel Rychlý, Miloš Jakubíček)
10:15-11:00Collocations: from syntax to semantics
Antonymy as a collocational relation: analysis and implications for lexicographic resources (Raquel Amaro)

Combining semantic grouping with word sketch: a simple statistic tool to distinguish collocations from productive word senses (Isabel Fuhrmann, Axel Herold and Alexander Geyken)
Grammatical formalism for encoding collocations in Slovene digital dictionary database and for automatic extraction from corpora (Simon Krek, Kaja Dobrovoljc, Polona Gantar, Iztok Kosem, Cyprian Laskowski)
11:00-11:30coffee break
11:30-12:30Collocations and users
Collocations and associations — same but different (Ene Vainik, Maria Tuulik, Kristina Koppel)
Collocations in Croatian Web Dictionary – Mrežnik (Lana Hudeček and Milica Mihaljević)
Collocations in e-lexicography: lessons from Human Computer Interaction research (Ana Frankenberg-Garcia, Robert Lew, Geraint Paul Rees, Jonathan Roberts, Nirwan Sharma and Peter Butcher)
User attitudes towards automatically extracted collocational information (Eva Pori, Špela Arhar Holdt, Jaka Čibej and Iztok Kosem)
12:30-13:15Defining collocation
What is a multiword expression? (Jack Halpern)
Defining collocations for the purposes of Slovene lexicographic projects (Polona Gantar, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek and Eva Pori)
What is a Collocation After All? On the Challenges of Encoding Multiword Expressions with TEI Lex-0 (Toma Tasovac, Ana Salgado, Rute Costa)
13:15-13:45Final discussion

The presenters will be invited to submit a paper to a special issue on collocations, to be published in Slovenščina 2.0 journal, which was been recently accepted for inclusion in SCOPUS.

Call for abstracts

You are invited to submit an abstract to the workshop “Collocations in Lexicography: existing solutions and future challenges”, which will be held in conjuction with eLex 2019 in Sintra, Portugal, on 30 September 2019. The workshop is organised by Iztok Kosem and Polona Gantar, and supported by the Slovenian Research Agency and the ELEXIS project.

The workshop seeks to address various topics related to collocations in dictionaries, such as:

  • defining collocation for dictionary purposes, especially in relation to other multiword expressions
  • challenges in collocation detection and/or automatic extraction from corpora
  • statistics for measuring collocability
  • using collocations in sense disambiguation or sense induction
  • using collocations in describing differences between words such as synonyms
  • using collocations to detect diachronic changes in word’s behaviour.

While presentations of specific resources are welcome, the contributions that focus on the methodological and theoretical challenges, and issues and solutions related to collocations will be preferred.

The abstracts should be approx. 300 words long and should be sent to The deadline for submission is 25 April 2019.