1st call-for-participation JOKER@CLEF: Automatic Wordplay and Humour Translation Task

22/04/2022 all-day

Date : 2022-04-22


Data & guidelines release: February – March 2022

Run submission: 22 April 2022

Draft paper submission: 27 May 2022

CLEF conference: 5–8 September 2022


Humour remains one of the most difficult aspects of intercultural communication: understanding humour often requires understanding implicit cultural references and/or double meanings, and this raises the question of its (un)translatability. Wordplay is a common source of humour due to its attention-getting and subversive character. The translation of humour and wordplay is therefore in high demand. Modern translation depends heavily on technological aids, yet few works have treated the automation of humour and wordplay translation, or the creation of humour corpora. The goal of the JOKER workshop is to bring together translators and computer scientists to work on an evaluation framework for wordplay, including data and metric development, and to foster work on automatic methods for wordplay translation.


We invite you to submit both automatic and manual runs! Manual intervention should be reported.

Task 1: Сlassify and explain instances of wordplay.

Task 2: Translate single words containing wordplay.

Task 3: Translate entire phrases containing wordplay.

Unshared task: We welcome any other type of submission that uses our data as an open task.

How to participate
Sign up at the CLEF website (https://clef2022-labs-registration.dei.unipd.it/). All team members should join the JOKER mailing list (https://groups.google.com/u/4/g/joker-project). The data will be made available to all registered participants.


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