Looking back on LREC, I think I went with a real apprehension. My only previous conference experience was ACL 2013 in Sofia. I had a great time and so my feelings towards LREC were a mixture of excitement for it being similar, but also a worry that it might not be as good. I'm glad to report that it lived up to and even exceeded my expectations. The sessions were interesting; the posters engaging; the networking events were even fun; the attendees were approachable and people even engaged with my talk, asking questions and talking to me afterwards.
It was great to meet many of the people who I have previously referenced. Many of those who wrote the papers in the lexical simplification list were in attendance. I made it my business to approach them and introduce myself. It's a great experience to meet people who have written such great papers and have made a contribution to the field.
For those that might find it useful, I've collected two lists below. The first is a list of papers which had something to do with readability / simplification. The second is a list of papers which I found interesting for one reason or another. The simplification papers will be making their way to the lexical simplification list soon.
Improvements to Dependency Parsing Using Automatic Simplification of Data. T Jelínek PDF
Measuring Readability of Polish Texts: Baseline Experiments. B Broda, B Nitoń, W Gruszczyński and M Ogrodniczuk PDF
Can Numerical Expressions Be Simpler? Implementation and Demonstration of a Numerical Simplification System for Spanish. S Bautista and H Saggion PDF
Text Readability and Word Distribution in Japanese. Satoshi Sato PDF
And finally, my paper:
Out in the Open: Finding and Categorising Errors in the Lexical Simplification Pipeline. M Shardlow PDF
Some other papers that I found interesting were:
Corpus Annotation through Crowdsourcing: Towards Best Practice Guidelines. M Sabou, K Bontcheva, L Derczynski and A Scharl PDF
Identification of Multiword Expressions in the brWaC. P Anick M Verhagen and J Pustejovsky PDF
Creating a Massively Parallel Bible Corpus. T Mayer and M Cysouw PDF