DeTermIt! Workshop
Evaluating Text Difficulty in a Multilingual Context

21 May 2024, Turin, Italy

Co-Located with the 2024 Joint International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluation LREC-COLING 2024

DeTermIt! 2024 will be an onsite event

Workshop theme

In today's interconnected world, where information dissemination knows no linguistic bounds, it is mandatory to ensure that knowledge is accessible to diverse audiences, regardless of their language proficiency. Automatic Text Simplification (ATS) is the process that involves the reduction of linguistic complexity within a text to enhance its comprehensibility and readability. ATS plays a pivotal role in enhancing content and conveying clear, unambiguous information (comprehensibility and readability) for diverse audiences.
The DeTermIt! workshop builds upon the recent achievements of several initiatives that addressed specific areas within our realm of interest. It is aligned with the CLEF SimpleText Track which provides appropriate reusable data and benchmarks for scientific text summarization and simplification.
DeTermIt! aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of text simplification, with a particular focus on the intersection of lexicography, terminology, and keyword extraction. This workshop will explore the theoretical and practical perspectives surrounding the evaluation of text difficulty in a multilingual context, and it will serve as a platform for discussing advancements, methodologies, and applications in simplification techniques that target different linguistic nuances and audiences.
We welcome contributions that present different viewpoints on automatic text simplification, considering document genres, diverse languages, and the challenges posed by linguistic complexities in general. In particular, we encourage authors to explore: theoretical elements identifying text or lexical complexity and experimental analyses for aligning text with the reading proficiency of diverse audiences. The workshop seeks contributions including, but not limited to, the following themes:

  1. Theoretical Perspectives:
    • Refinement of models and strategies for Automated Text Simplification.
    • Identification of common linguistic patterns and challenges in different languages for ATS.
    • Role of multilingual resources in simplifying complex terminology.
    • Exploration of innovative methodologies for simplifying complex terminologies without compromising meaning.
    • Study the role of lexicography in simplifying texts; for example, the development of lexicons and dictionaries tailored for simplification tasks.
  2. Practical Applications:
    • Creation of effective tools and multilingual resources for linguistic inclusivity.
    • Development and utilization of language resources like bilingual and multilingual glossaries, translation memories, and terminology databases.
    • Evaluation of machine translation and NLP techniques in text simplification across languages.
    • Analysis of practical methods to adapt domain-specific terminology for enhanced accessibility in various fields such as medicine, law, or technology.
    • Creation of lexical resources that assist in the automatic generation of simplified texts across different domains and languages.
    • Enhancement of summarization techniques by effectively identifying and prioritizing key information in simplified content.

The provisional agenda of the conference is:


We invite original contributions, including research papers, case studies, and system demonstrations. Submissions may include previously unpublished work or work in progress.
When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e., also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC-COLING authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.) to enable their reuse and replicability of experiments (including evaluation ones).
Papers must be compliant with the stylesheet adopted for the LREC-COLING conference Proceedings. Workshop Proceedings will be published on the LREC-COLING 2024 website.

Paper types.

Submissions may be of three types:

Authors must submit their papers via the SoftConf platform at the following link DeTermIt! 2024.

Important dates

  • 1 March 2024
  • Submission Deadline
  • 18 March 2024
  • Acceptance Notification
  • 5 April 2024
  • Camera Ready
  • 2 May 2024
  • Workshop Program

General Chairs

Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Federica Vezzani - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Liana Ermakova - Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France
Hosein Azarbonyad - Elsevier, The Netherlands
Jaap Kamps - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Scientific committee

Florian Boudin - Nantes University, France
Lynne Bowker - University of Ottawa, Canada
Ricardo Campos - Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal
Sara Carvalho - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa / Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Rute Costa - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Eric Gaussier - University Grenoble Alpes, France
Natalia Grabar - CNRS, France
Rodolfo Maslias - Head of Terminology Coordination, European Parliament (2008-2022), Luxembourg
Ana Ostroški Anić - Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, Croatia
Horacio Saggion - University Pompeu Fabra
Sara Vecchiato - University of Udine, Italy
Federica Vezzani - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Cornelia Wermuth - KU Leuven, Belgium

Conference Venue

The DeTermIt! 2024 Wokrshop will be hosted at the Lingotto Centro Congressi, co-Located with the 2024 Joint International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluation LREC-COLING 2024.


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