Words/Machines #3

Words/Machines #3

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Call for Papers: Do machines have a sense of humor?

Important Dates

Submissions: 7 February 2021 14 February 2021

Notifications: 9 February 2021 16 February 2021

Workshop: 5 March 2021


Language, humans, machines… How are they interconnected? Are machines able to understand a natural language? To understand jokes and puns? Can machines translate them? What are their limits?

The questions of the place of machines in text understanding and translation is especially difficult in the case of humour, as the acceptance of a particular type of humour depends on sociological factors and varies from person to person. Humour contributes to higher subjective well being (both physical and psychological) and is often used to make light of difficult or stressful situations and to brighten up a social atmosphere in general. However, humour perception depends on the culture, thus comedies are not always successful when transplanted into another culture. Humour understanding often requires cultural references or/and catching double meaning, making the text difficult to translate or untranslatable at all.

The aim of this issue of the workshop is to provide a communication platform for translators, computer scientists, and linguists in order to tackle these questions.

Mots/Machines-2021 is the third issue of the workshop organised by the HCTI lab (Héritages et Constructions dans le Texte et l’Image). Information about the previous editions of the workshop in French can be found here:

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be written in English or French following the CEURART 1-column paper style and be submitted as PDF files via the EasyChair system.

The papers should be original, i.e. not published in an earlier workshop or conference or journal, except for extended abstracts. Literature reviews, position and demo papers, papers on ongoing work or negative results are welcomed. Translations of previously published works can be accepted as extended abstracts.

We accept the following types of submissions:

  • Extended abstracts of 500-1000 words with bibliographic references. Bibliographic references are excluded from word count. Previously published papers can be accepted as extended abstracts (please, provide a reference to your previous work in this case).
  • Regular papers of 10-12 standard pages length with an appropriate number of references.
  • Short papers of 5-6 standard pages length with additional pages for references.

Submission system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=motsmachines2021 Submission template: https://ceurws.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/ceurws-publishes-ceurart-paper-style/

List of Topics (not exhaustive)

  • Humour translation
  • Human–computer interaction in pun/humour translation
  • Humour/pun analysis in social networks
  • Humour classification
  • Humour/pun rating
  • Humour detection
  • Pun translation
  • Pun detection
  • Joke generation
  • Pun generation
  • Translation error types and resultant humour
  • Limits of machine translation and CAT systems in humour/pun translation


Extended abstracts and PDF presentations will be published on the website. Selected papers will be considered to be published in the Proceedings.