Time zone: GMT+7

The 34th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 34)

VNU University of Science, Hanoi

Day 1: Oct 24, 2020


Preparation + Opening (at 8h30) - Room 1


Keynote 1: Organic Machine Learning for “Intelligent” Language Interfaces - Alexander Waibel


Chair: LUONG Chi Mai  - Room 1




2 oral sessions (4 talks each)


Session 1A - Room 1

Chair: TRAN Vu

Session 1B - Room 2 

Chair: PHAM Hien


Learning to Describe Editing Activities in Collaborative Environments: A Case Study on GitHub and Wikipedia Edison Marrese-Taylor, Pablo Loyola, Jorge A. Balazs and Yutaka Matsuo

Predicting gender and age categories in English conversations using lexical, non-lexical, and turn-taking features

Andreas Liesenfeld, Gabor Parti, Yuyin Hsu and Chu-Ren Huang


A Simple Disaster-Related Knowledge Base for Intelligent Agents

Clark Emmanuel Paulo, Arvin Ken Ramirez, David Clarence Reducindo, Rannie Mark Mateo and Joseph Marvin Imperial

Deriving confirmation and justification --- an expectative, compositional analysis of Japanese 'yo-ne'

Lukas Rieser 


Pay Attention to Categories: Syntax-Based Sentence Modeling with Metadata Projection Matrix

Won Ik Cho and Nam Soo Kim

Corpus-based Comparison of Verbs of Separation “Qie” and “Ge”

Nga-In Wu, Chu-Ren Huang and Lap-Kei Lee


Latent Topic Refinement based on Distance Metric Learning and Semantics-assisted Non-negative Matrix Factorization

Tran-Binh Dang, Ha-Thanh Nguyen and Le-Minh Nguyen

Vowel Effects on L2 Perception of English Consonants by Advanced Learners of English

Yizhou Lan


Lunch break



2 oral sessions (4 talks each)


Session 2A - Room 1

Chair: NGUYEN Phuong Thai

Session 2B - Room 2

Chair: NGUYEN Thi Thu Trang


Evaluation of BERT Models by Using Sentence Clustering

Naoki Shibayama, Rui Cao, Jing Bai, Wen Ma and Hiroyuki Shinnou

Simple is Better! Lightweight Data Augmentation for Low Resource Slot Filling and Intent Classification

Samuel Louvan and Bernardo Magnini


Improving Sequence Tagging for Vietnamese Text using Transformer-based Neural Models

The Viet Bui, Thi Oanh Tran and Phuong Le-Hong

Contextual Characters with Segmentation Representation for Named Entity Recognition in Chinese

Baptiste Blouin and Pierre Magistry


Generation and Evaluation of Concept Embeddings Via Fine-Tuning Using Automatically Tagged Corpus

Kanako Komiya, Daiki Yaginuma, Masayuki Asahara and Hiroyuki Shinnou

Syntactic similarity of the sentences in a multi-lingual parallel corpus based on the Euclidean distance of their dependency trees
Masanori Oya


Plausibility and Well-formedness Acceptability Test on Deep Neural Nativeness Classification

Kwonsik Park and Sanghoun Song

Utilizing Bert for Question Retrieval on Vietnameses E-commerce Sites

Thi-Thanh Ha, Van-Nha Nguyen, Kiem-Hieu Nguyen, Tien-Thanh Nguyen and Kim-Anh Nguyen





Keynote 2: How long you make your words crucially depends on their meanings  - Harald Baayen 

Chair: DINH Dien  - Room 1

Day 2: Oct 25, 2020




Keynote 3: Towards Universal Natural Language Understanding - Yunyao Li

Chair: LE Hong Phuong - Room 1


Poster session


Session P1A  - Room 1

Chair: DINH Dien

Session P1B  - Room 2

Chair: Nathaniel Oco


Redefining verbal nouns in Japanese: From the perspective of polycategoriality

David Yoshikazu Oshima and Midori Hayashi

Indirectly Determined Comparison and Difference: The Case of Japanese

Toshiko Oda

ILP-based Opinion Sentence Extraction from User Reviews for Question DB Construction

Masakatsu Hamashita, Takashi Inui, Koji Murakami and Keiji Shinzato

Composing Word Vectors for Japanese Compound Words Using Bilingual Word Embeddings

Teruo Hirabayashi, Kanako Komiya, Masayuki Asahara and Hiroyuki Shinnou

Neural Machine Translation from Historical Japanese to Contemporary Japanese Using Diachronically Domain-Adapted Word Embeddings

Masashi Takaku, Tosho Hirasawa, Mamoru Komachi and Kanako Komiya

How State-Of-The-Art Models Can Deal With Long-Form Question Answering

Minh-Quan Bui, Vu Tran, Ha-Thanh Nguyen and Minh Le Nguyen

Exploring Discourse of Same-sex Marriage in Taiwan: A Case Study of Near-Synonym of HOMOSEXUAL in Opposing Stances

Han-Tang Hung and Shu-Kai Hsieh

Empirical Study of Text Augmentation on Social Media Text in Vietnamese

Son Luu, Kiet Nguyen and Ngan Nguyen

A Study on Seq2seq for Sentence Compressionin Vietnamese

Thi-Trang Nguyen, Huu-Hoang Nguyen and Kiem-Hieu Nguyen

Text Mining of Evidence on Infants' Developmental Stages for Developmental Order Acquisition from Picture Book Reviews

Miho Kasamatsu, Takehito Utsuro, Yu Saito and Yumiko Ishikawa

Speech Recognition for Endangered and Extinct Samoyedic languages

Niko Partanen, Mika Hämäläinen and Tiina Klooster

Imbalanced Chinese Multi-label Text Classification Based on Alternating Attention

Hongliang Bi, Han Hu and Pengyuan Liu


Session P2A  - Room 1

Chair: Chutamanee Onsuwan

Session P2B - Room 2

Chair: LE Duc Trong


Extraction of Novel Character Information from Synopses of Fantasy Novels in Japanese using Sequence Labeling

Yuji Oka and Kazuaki Ando

Marking Trustworthiness with Near Synonyms: A Corpus-based Study of “Renwei” and “Yiwei” in Chinese

Bei Li, Chu-Ren Huang and Si Chen

Improving Semantic Similarity Calculation of Japanese Text for MT Evaluation

Yuki Tanahashi, Kyoko Kanzaki, Eiko Yamamoto and Hitoshi Isahara

Identifying Authors Based on Stylometric measures of Vietnamese texts

Ho Ngoc Lam, Vo Diep Nhu, Dinh Dien and Nguyen Tuyet Nhung

Attention-based Domain adaption Using Transfer Learning for Part-of-Speech Tagging: An Experiment on the Hindi language

Rajesh Kumar Mundotiya, Vikrant Kumar, Arpit Mehta and Anil Kumar Singh

A simple and efficient ensemble classifier combining multiple neural network models on social media datasets in Vietnamese

Huy Huynh, Hang Do, Kiet Nguyen and Nguyen Ngan

Expressing the Opposite: Acoustic Cues of Thai Verbal Irony

Nimit Kumwapee and Sujinat Jitwiriyanont

Aspect-based Sentiment Analysis on Indonesia’s Tourism Destinations Based on Google Maps User Code-Mixed Reviews (Study Case: Borobudur and Prambanan Temples)

Dian Arianto and Indra Budi

Understanding Transformers for Information Extraction with Limited Data

Minh-Tien Nguyen, Dung Le, Hong Son Nguyen, Bui Cong Minh, Do Hoang Thai Duong and Linh Le

Research on Prosody of Collaborative Construction in Mandarin Conversation

Yue Guan



Lunch break


Keynote 4: Figurative Language in Big Data - Valia Kordoni

Chair: Jong-Bok Kim - Room 1




2 oral sessions (5 talks each)


Session 3A - Room 1

Chair: Helena Gao

Session 3B - Room 2

Chair: Lan Yizhou


Association between declarative memory and language ability in older Chinese by education level

Chenwei Xie, Yun Feng and William Shi-Yuan Wang

Modality Enriched Neural Network for Metaphor Detection

Mingyu Wan, Baixi Xing, Qi Su, Pengyuan Liu and Chu-Ren Huang


Construction of Associative Vocabulary Learning System for Japanese Learners

Takehiro Teraoka and Tetsuo Yamashita

Music and speech are distinct in lexical tone normalization processing

Ran Tao and Gang Peng


A corpus-based comparative study of light verbs in three Chinese speech communities

Benjamin K Tsou and Ka-Fai Yip

Dialog policy optimization for low resource setting using Self-play and Reward based Sampling

Tharindu Madusanka, Durashi Langappuli, Thisara Welmilla, Uthayasanker Thayasivam and Sanath Jayasena


TDP – A Hybrid Diacritic Restoration with Transformer Decoder

Trung Duc Anh Dang and Thi Thu Trang Nguyen

Effective Approach to Develop a Sentiment Annotator For Legal Domain in a Low Resource Setting

Gathika Ratnayaka, Nisansa de Silva, Amal Shehan Perera and Ramesh Dilusha Pathirana


Exploiting weak-supervision for classifying Non-Sentential Utterances in Mandarin Conversations

Xin-Yi Chen and Laurent Prévot

A new look at Pattani Malay Initial Geminates: a statistical and machine learning approach

Francesco Burroni, Sireemas Maspong, Pittayawat Pittayaporn and Pimthip Kochaiyaphum


Day 3: Oct 26, 2020




Session 4A - Room 1

Chair: Ponrudee Netisopakul

Session 4B - Room 2

Chair: NGUYEN Ba Dat


A corpus-based analysis of Chinese relative clauses produced by Japanese and Thai learners

Yike Yang

Construction of a VerbNet style lexicon for Vietnamese

Ha My Linh, Le Van Cuong and Nguyen Thi Minh Huyen


Combining Thai EDUs: Principle and Implementation

Chanatip Saetia, Supawat Taerungruang and Tawunrat Chalothorn

A Multilingual Linguistic Domain Ontology

Mariem Neji, Fatma Ghorbel, Bilel Gargouri, Nada Mimouni and Elisabeth Metais


A Parallel Corpus-driven Approach to Bilingual Oenology Term Banks: How Culture Differences Influence Wine Tasting Terms

Vincent Xian Wang, Xi Chen, Songnan Quan and Chu-Ren Huang

Enhancing Quality of Corpus Annotation: Construction of the Multi-Layer Corpus Annotation and Simplified Validation of the Corpus Annotation

Youngbin Noh, Kuntae Kim, Minho Lee, Cheolhun Heo, Yongbin Jeong, Yoosung Jeong, Younggyun Hahm, Taehwan Oh, Hyonsu Choe, Seokwon Park, Jin-Dong Kim and Key-Sun Choi




2 oral sessions (4 talks each)


Session 5A - Room 1

Chair: PHAM Hien

Session 5B - Room 2

Chair: Benjamin Tsou


Towards Computational Linguistics in Minangkabau Language: Studies on Sentiment Analysis and Machine Translation

Fajri Koto and Ikhwan Koto

Language evolution in Report on the Work of the Government by Premiers of the People’s Republic of China

Renkui Hou, Chu-Ren Huang and Kathleen Ahrens


Iterative Multilingual Neural Machine Translation for Less-Common and Zero-Resource Language Pairs

Minh Thuan Nguyen, Phuong Thai Nguyen, Van Vinh Nguyen and Minh Cong Nguyen Hoang

Metaphoricity Rating of Chinese KIND Metaphor Expressions

Siaw-Fong Chung, Meng-Hsien Shih, Yu-Hsiang Shen and Wei-Ting Tseng


Sketching the English Translations of Kumārajīva’s The Diamond Sutra: A Comparison of Individual Translators and Translation Teams

Xi Chen, Vincent Xian Wang and Chu-Ren Huang

On the syntax of negative wh-constructions in Korean

Okgi Kim



From Sense to Action: A Word-Action Disambiguation Task in NLP

Shu-Kai Hsieh, Yu-Hsiang Tseng, Chiung-Yu Chiang, Richard Lian, Yong-fu Liao, Mao-Chang Ku and Ching-Fang Shih

Towards a Linguistically Motivated Segmentation for a Simultaneous Interpretation System

Youngeun Koo, Jiyoun Kim, Jungpyo Hong, Munpyo Hong and Sung-Kwon Choi


Closing main conference (Room 1)

PACLIC Workshop on Multiword Expressions in Asian languages


MWEA Opening  - Room 1

MWEA1 - Room 1

Chair: Jong-Bok Kim


Bilingual Multi-word Expressions, Multiple-correspondence, and their cultivation from parallel patents: The Chinese-English case

Benjamin K. Tsou, Ka Po Chow, John Lee, Ka-Fai Yip, Yaxuan Ji and Kevin Wu


Formulaic language of Vietnamese children with autism spectrum disorders: A corpus linguistic analysis

Hien Pham and Giang Nguyen Thi


The Framework of Multiword Expression in Indonesian Language

Totok Suhardijanto, Rahmad Mahendra, Zahroh Nuriah and Adi Budiwiyanto



MWEA2 - Room 1

Chair: Valia Kordoni


Forms and Meanings of Lexical Reduplications in Cantonese: a corpus study

Charles Lam


Predicative multi-word expressions in Persian

Jens Fleischhauer


Abstract Meaning Representation for MWE: A study of the mapping of aspectuality based on Mandarin light verb jiayi

Lu Lu, Nianwen Xue and Chu-Ren Huang


MWEA Closing