Automated Motif Discovery

in Cultural Heritage and Scientific Communication Texts

 First International AMICUS Workshop

Satellite event of the CLARIN/DARIAH conference 

October 21, 2010


Online Proceedings - Pictures of the meeting


In cultural heritage objects, digitized or not, content indicators occurring on higher than word level are often called motifs or their equivalent. Their recognition for document classification and retrieval is largely unresolved. Work on identifying rhetorical, narrative and persuasive elements in scientific texts has been progressing, in several, but largely unconnected tracks. The AMICUS project (2009-2012) set out to test a possible way to resolve these issues, starting with the identification of Proppian functions in folk tale corpora and adapting the solution to the identification of tale motifs or their functional counterparts. AMICUS has devoted its first project year to listing the corpora, tools, methods and contacts available to address these issues.


The 1st AMICUS workshop is a one-day meeting that will take place on the 21 October in Vienna. The workshop is an official satellite of the Supporting the Digital Humanities conference (SDH-2010, on 19-20 October). The AMICUS workshop aims to overview methods and infrastructure related to motifs, and to facilitate community interaction and cross-fertilisation of research.


The workshop will include invited talks, panel sessions, and a poster session.  We invite submissions for the poster session that can demonstrate current cross-disciplinary research work, corpora, and applications applied to humanities data and scientific text. All aspects of linguistic, discourse or computational linguistic studies of motifs, persuasion and argumentation pertaining to these two types of content are sollicited. We encourage participation from representatives of academia, industry, and researchers from the cultural heritage, language technology, scientific discourse and computer science communities.


Deadline for the submission of abstracts for the poster session is June 30, 2010

All presentations and accepted poster submissions will contribute to the workshop proceedings. For more details, see the Call for Posters.





Pierre Maranda

Professor Emeritus, Départment d’Anthropologie, Université Laval, Québec

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and awarded the Canada Council Molson Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities


Pierre Maranda Pierre Maranda is Canada's most revered structural anthropologist and has been a pioneer of computational ethnography over the past forty years. His latest prominent contributions include editing "The Double Twist: From Ethnography to Morphodynamics" (University of Toronto Press, London, 2001), a scholarly volume addressing and developing further Claude Levi-Strauss' methodology of structural analysis of cultural artifacts, as well as the Oceania Website (, an online project he created through Laval University in collaboration with the Musee de la Civilisation and the Ministere de la Culture et des Communications du Quebec in 2001. The project presents elements of the histories and cultures of the people of Oceania.










Position papers (limited to one page) and posters (limited to two pages) for publication must be in the standard ACM conference paper format. All submissions have to be in PDF. 


Please send your submission to Piroska Lendvai
E-mail: piroska (at)nytud hu




The workshop has the same location as the SDH conference: the Technical University of Vienna, Auditorium "BOECKLSAAL" (1st floor). Address: Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna





Attendance is free of charge, but requires registration.

Please register with Piroska Lendvai, ideally before 30 September 2010.
E-mail: piroska (at) nytud hu




AMICUS workshop organisers


Sándor Darányi, Digital Humanities Research Group, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, BorĆs, Sweden Sandor.Daranyi (at)

Piroska Lendvai, Research Institute for Linguistics, Budapest, Hungary piroska (at) nytud hu





08:30-09:00        Registration


09:00-09:15        Chairman’s opening address

09:15-10:00        Keynote lecture: Pierre Maranda (Départment d’Anthropologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada): Morphology and Morphogenesis of Folktales and Myths

10:00-10:30        Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, Netherlands): Beyond Reported History: Strikes That Never Happened  


10:30-11:00        Coffee break


11:00-11:25        Sandor Daranyi (Swedish School of Library Science, Boras, Sweden ): Examples of Formulaity in Narratives and in Scientific Communication  

11:25-11:50        Anita de Waard (Elsevier Labs, Burlington, USA & Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, Utrecht, The Netherlands): The Story of Science: A Syntagmatic/Paradigmatic Analysis of Scientific Text           

11:50-12:15        Sophia Ananiadou, Paul Thompson, Raheel Nawaz (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK): Improving Search Through Event-based Biomedical Text Mining


12:15-13:30        Walking lunch: Poster session


Miklos Szoets et al. (Applied Logic Laboratory, Hungary): Semantic Processing of a Hungarian Ethnographic Corpus

Mark Finlayson (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, USA): Learning Narrative Morphologies from Annotated Folktales

Raheel Nawaz, Paul Thompson, Sophia Ananiadou (School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK): Event Interpretation: A Step towards Event-Centred Text Mining

Anna Rafaeva (Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia): Motives and Characters in Folklore Indices and Russian Folktales

Antonia Scheidel and Thierry Declerck (Language Technology Lab, DFKI, Germany): APftML - Augmented Proppian fairy tale Markup Language


13:30:13:50        Pablo Gervás (Natural Interaction based on Language, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain): Corpus Annotation for Narrative Generation Research: A Wish List

13:50-14:10        Thierry Declerck (Language Technology Lab, DFKI, Germany): An Information Extraction Approach to the Semantic Annotation of Folktales

14:10-14:30        Scott Malec (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA): AutoPropp: Toward the Automatic Markup, Classification, and Annotation of Russian Magic Tales

14:30-14:50        Anette Frank, Nils Reiter (University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany): Harvesting Event Chains in Ritual Descriptions Using Frame Semantics  


14:50-15:10       Coffee break


15:10-15:30        Faith Lawrence (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland), Michael O. Jewell (University of London, London, UK), Paul Rissen (BBC, London, UK): OntoMedia: Telling Stories to Your Computer  

15:30-15:50        Laszlo Z Karvalics (University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary): Organic Kinship or Incidental Analogy? Similar Meaning Clusters in and Correspondences Between Folklore Texts and Pieces of Poetry  

15:50-16:10        Piroska Lendvai (Research Institute for Linguistics, Budapest, Hungary): Granularity Perspectives in Modeling Humanities Concepts  


16:10-16:15        5-minute break


16:15-17:15        Panel discussion: Creating an e-Propp test collection – Showcasing cross-disciplinary utility; Motifs and scientific communication – Narrative means

17:15-17:30        Closing address



 All questions can be directed to piroska (at) nytud hu