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Re-thinking the Annotation of Information Structure (RAIS):- A follow-up Workshop on the Annotation of Topic/Focus

Following on from the first RAIS meeting held in Stuttgart in 2013, a small group working on annotation of Information Structure will re-group for a one-day workshop in Berlin.

Participants are submitting texts before-hand for hands-on annotation tasks (files are accessible at the wiki hosted in Stuttgart). We will annotate the texts amongst ourselves (depending on language competence of course) before the workshop and will use this as a basis for the discussion.

The workshop is organised jointly by projects A6, T2 and D1 of the SFB 632

Preliminary Program


18:30– Meet up on the evening before for dinner if required (details to follow)


Habelschwerdter Allee 45, room JK 31/122 ("Geschäftszimmer" of the Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie). An annotated map can be downloaded here.
9:30–9:45  Arrival and Coffee
9:45–10:45  First block of 3 short talks (20 mins. each incl. brief discussion) (i)Lisa Brunetti, "Annotation of topic and prosody for French clitic left-dislocations", (ii) Eva Hajičová "Topic in Prague Dependency Treebank annotation",
(iii) Manfred stede "Topic annotation in German newspaper text and spoken monologue"
10:45–11:00  coffee break
11:00–12:00 Second block of 3 short talks (20 mins. each incl. brief discussion) (iv) Ramon Ziai "Focus annotation in texts for reading comprehension testing" ,
(v) Kordula de Kuthy "Annotation in the Stuttgart21 corpus",
(vi) Arndt Riester "Annotation in the Stuttgart radio news corpus"
12:00–13:00 Lunch (FU Berlin): The Mensa
13:00–15:00 Hands-On group work on annotation of the uploaded texts We may split into a topic and a focus group, perhaps also using room JK31/102
15:00–15:15  coffee break
15:15–17:15 Group Discussion and Summary of Results, planning future work and/or meetings


Invited speakers are being housed at the Hotel Il Mulino, close to the S-Bahn Station "Lichterfelde West" on the S1 line and about 13-15 minutes walk/8 minutes bus ride from the venue. Other Hotels near the conference venue:
  • Seminaris, special conditions: Single: 79€ (FU conditions), Double: 120€ (on campus, walking distance)
  • Best Western Steglitz,
  • Hotel Leopold, Single: 95 €, Double: 105 €, (near U3 Krumme Lanke, 25 min, three stops per underground)
  • Hotel Ravenna special conditions for FU: Single: 65 €, Double: 79 € (10 min per bus)
  • Hotel Dahlem


Berlin has several train stations and airports (Tegel, Schönefeld). Both airports are well-connected to the public transport. As for the trains: If you are coming with the fast train (ICE), you should get off at Hauptbahnhof.

The workshop venue is the Rostlaube (Habelschwerdter Alle 45). It is located at the crossroads of Habelschwerdter Allee and Thielalle. You can get there using the busses X11 or M11 to Hittorfstraße or the undergrund to Thielplatz. The Fahrplanauskunft will tell you the best connection. (enter Habelschwerdter Allee 45 as destination (Ziel) to come to the University).

If you own a smart phone watch out for the DB Navigator by German Rail. It comes with augmented reality.

Local Organizers (SFB 632)

Philippa Cook of the Freie Universität Berlin and Manfred Stede of the Universität Potsdam

External Co-Organizer

Arndt Riester of the IMS, Universität Stuttgart