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Mon Aug 5 2002

Confs: Constructing Lexica,Leiden,The Netherlands

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  1. Musgrave, S., Workshop: Constructing Lexica

Message 1: Workshop: Constructing Lexica

Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2002 16:18:49 +0200
From: Musgrave, S. <>
Subject: Workshop: Constructing Lexica

Constructing Lexica

A one day workshop hosted by Universiteit Leiden Centre for
Linguistics and the Spinoza Project "Lexicon and Syntax"

Friday September 13, 2002 (10:00 - 17:00), "Centraal
Faciliteitengebouw", building 1175, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden (Room
148 0900-1300, afternoon tbc)

Organisers: Crit Cremers, Simon Musgrave and Jeroen van de Weijer

		Willy Martin (VU Amsterdam)
		Peter Austin (Melbourne & Frankfurt)
		Maarten Janssen (Utrecht)
		Jack Hoeksema (Groningen)
		Dirk Geeraerts (Leuven)
		Wim Peters (Sheffield)

In the course of their work, many linguists find it necessary to
construct lexica. Naturally, the content and structure of these lexica
vary considerably depending on the task at hand, be it language
description, theoretical analysis, lexicography or computational
linguistics (e.g. machine translation). However, some issues must be
addressed by all those who build lexica, particularly when the
computer is an essential tool in the process with its requirement to
make structure explicit. These include:

* what sort of data structures should be used to represent lexical
* what are the boundaries of the lexicon in relation to a syntactic
component? in relation to encyclopaedia knowledge? 
* what are the trade-offs which it is necessary to make between
comprehensiveness and practicality, both in terms of breadth (number of
items included) and depth (information about each item)?
* how feasible is it for linguists working in different areas and different
frameworks to combine their lexica and avoid duplication?
* to what extent are we guided by principle in making decisions about the
design of lexica? 

This workshop will include contributions from linguists working on a
wide range of problems using different techniques, but all crucially
dependent on structured representations of lexical knowledge. We are
sure that their responses to the issues raised above will lead to
stimulating and valuable discussion.

More information, including a full programme is available at the workshop

For catering purposes (coffee and lunch will be provided), it is
necessary to book a place at the workshop. Please do so by contacting
Simon Musgrave (, before 6th September
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