The 17th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop (CLSW2016) will be held in Singapore on 20-22 May 2016 in Nanyang Technological University. CLSW2016 is organized by Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS). Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings. Selected English papers will be published in Springer’s LNAI series and indexed by both SCOPUS and EI. This year, the workshop will also give out best paper awards. In addition, excellent papers from CLSW will be recommended for consideration for publication in leading journals such as Applied Linguistics (《语言文字应用》), Journal of Chinese Information Processing (《中文信息学报》), Lingua Sinica and The International Journal of Knowledge and Language Processing (IJKLP).