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Mon Jul 14 2003

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  1. P.R.Stevenson, Language and the Future of Europe: Ideologies, Policies and Practices
  2. LREC 2004, LREC 2004

Message 1: Language and the Future of Europe: Ideologies, Policies and Practices

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 21:32:46 +0000
From: P.R.Stevenson <>
Subject: Language and the Future of Europe: Ideologies, Policies and Practices

Language and the Future of Europe: Ideologies, Policies and Practices

Date: 08-JUL-04 - 10-JUL-04 
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom
Contact: Patrick Stevenson Contact 
Email: Meeting

Linguistic Sub-field: Translation, Sociolinguistics, Discourse
Analysis, Applied Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2004

Meeting Description:

Keynote speakers:

Jan Blommaert, University of Ghent
Susan Gal, University of Chicago
Thomas Ricento, University of Texas
Colin H. Williams, Cardiff University

Please send proposals for papers by 31 January 2004 to (preferably in Word or PDF). Abstracts should be no
longer than 250 words, with no more than essential references.

The conference web site can be found at For further information, please
contact a member of the organising committee.

With the accession to the EU of ten new member states on 1 May 2004,
the process of social transformation within and across national
boundaries throughout Europe will be given a new impetus. At the same
time, the accelerated process of unification has renewed and
heightened the tension between national and supra-national
interests. One of the most tangible manifestations of this tension -
between the promotion of, and resistance to, social, economic and
political unification - is in conflicting language ideologies,
policies and practices. At this decisive moment in contemporary
European history, the Centre for Transnational Studies at the
University of Southampton, UK, invites contributions to debates on
these issues at a conference to be held in Southampton on 8-10 July

The conference will give an opportunity to look behind political
rhetoric and consider both the attitudes that lie behind policy and
the specific practices with which effective policy must be
compatible. It will also consider the impact of European policies and
practices on the wider world, including the consequences of colonial
and neo-colonial legacies. Papers are invited on all aspects of this
European theme, but proposals which analyse the relationships between
language ideologies, policies and practices will be particularly

It is anticipated that selected papers will be published following the

Papers could focus on the following topics:

language rights
language and citizenship
international and global languages
the contest for domination of linguistic markets
discourses of ethnolinguistic and European identity
language and transnational relations
mobility, migration and linguistic identities
multilingual cities
official and working languages of the EU
national language policies
language in education
regional and minority languages
regionalism versus globalisation
the negotiation of communities / the creation of publics

Please send proposals for papers by 31 January 2004 to (preferably in Word or PDF). Abstracts should be no
longer than 250 words, with no more than essential references.

The conference web site can be found at For further information, please
contact a member of the organising committee.

Organising committee

Christopher Brumfit, Professor of Language in Education

Michael Kelly, Professor of French

Clare Mar-Molinero, Reader in Spanish Sociolinguistics

Patrick Stevenson, Reader in German Sociolinguistics
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Message 2: LREC 2004

Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 17:08:30 +0200
From: LREC 2004 <>
Subject: LREC 2004

The fourth international conference on Language Resources and
Evaluation, LREC 2004, is organised by ELRA in cooperation with other
Associations and consortia, national and international organisations.

Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

- Pre-conference workshops: 24-25 May 2004
- Main conference: 26-27-28 May 2004
- Post-conference workshops: 29-30 May 2004

Conference web site:

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In the Information Society, the pervasive character of Human Language
Technologies (HLT) and their relevance to practically all fields of
Information Society Technologies (IST) has been widely recognised.

Two issues are particularly relevant: the availability of Language
Resources (LRs) and the methods for the evaluation of resources,
technologies, products and applications. Substantial mutual benefits
are achieved by addressing these issues through international

The term "language resources" (LRs) refers to sets of language data
and descriptions in machine readable form, used in many types of

- creation and evaluation of natural language, speech and multimodal
algorithms and systems,
- software localisation and language services,
- language enabled information and communication services,
- knowledge management,
- e-commerce, e-publishing, e-learning, e-government,
- cultural heritage,
- linguistic studies,
- etc.

This large range of uses makes the LRs infrastructure a strategic part
of the e-society, where the creation of a basic set of LRs for all
languages must be ensured in order to bring all languages to the same
level of usability and availability.

Examples of LRs are written or spoken corpora and lexica, which may be
annotated or not, multimodal resources, grammars, terminology or
domain specific databases and dictionaries, ontologies, multimedia
databases, etc. LRs also cover basic software tools for the
acquisition, preparation, collection, management, customisation and
use of the above mentioned examples.

The relevance of evaluation for language technologies development is
increasingly recognised. This involves assessing the state-of-the-art
for a given technology, measuring the progress achieved within a
programme, comparing different approaches to a given problem,
assessing the availability of technologies for a given application,
benchmarking, and assessing system usability and user satisfaction.

The aim of this conference is to provide an overview of the
state-of-the-art, discuss problems and opportunities, exchange
information regarding LRs, their applications, ongoing and planned
activities, industrial uses and needs, requirements coming from the
new e-society, both with respect to policy issues and to technological
and organisational ones. LREC will also elaborate on evaluation
methodologies and tools, explore the different trends and promote
initiatives for international collaboration in the areas mentioned


Examples of the topics which may be addressed by papers submitted to
the conference are given below.

*** Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources
- Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best practices for
- Methods, tools and procedures for the acquisition, creation,
management, access, distribution and use of LRs,
- Methods for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge (e.g. terms,
lexical information, language modelling) from LRs,
- Organisational and legal issues in the construction, distribution,
access and use of LRs,
- Availability and use of generic vs. task/domain specific LRs,
- Definition and requirements for a Basic and Extended LAnguage
Resource Kit (BLARK, ELARK) for all languages,
- Monolingual and multilingual LRs,
- Multimedia and multimodal LRs. - Integration of various media and
modalities in LRs (speech, vision, language),
- Documentation and archiving of languages, including minority and
endangered languages,
- Ontologies and knowledge representation,
- Terminology, term extraction, domain-specific dictionaries,
- LRs for linguistic research in human-machine communication,
- Exploitation of LRs in different types of applications (information
extraction, information retrieval, speech dictation, translation,
summarisation, web services, semantic web, etc.),
- Exploitation of LRs in different types of interfaces (dialog
systems, natural language and multimodal/multisensorial interactions,
- Industrial LRs requirements, user needs and community's response,
- Industrial production of LRs,
- Industrial use of LRs,
- Metadata descriptions of LRs.

*** Issues in Human Language Technologies (HLT) evaluation ***
- Evaluation, validation, quality assurance of LRs,
- Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures,
- Benchmarking of systems and products, resources for benchmarking and
evaluation, blackbox, glassbox and diagnostic evaluation of systems,
- Usability and user experience evaluation, qualitative and perceptive
- Evaluation in written language processing (document production and
management, text retrieval, terminology extraction, message
understanding, text alignment, machine translation, morphosyntactic
tagging, parsing, semantic tagging, word sense disambiguation, text
understanding, summarisation, question answering, localisation, etc.),
- Evaluation in spoken language processing (speech recognition and
understanding, voice dictation, oral dialog, speech synthesis, speech
coding, speaker and language recognition, spoken translation, etc.),
- Evaluation of multimedia document retrieval and search systems
(including detection, indexing, filtering, alert, question answering,
- Evaluation of multimodal systems,
- From evaluation to standardisation.

*** General issues ***
- National and international activities and projects,
- LRs and the needs/opportunities of the emerging industries,
- LRs and contributions to societal needs (e.g. e-society),
- Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international
policies for LRs,
- Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for international
cooperation, and their organisational and technological implications,
- Open architectures for LRs.

The Conference targets the integration of different types of LRs
(spoken, written and other modalities) and of the respective
communities. To this end, LREC encourages submissions covering issues
which are common to different types of Language Technologies, such as
dialog strategy, written and spoken translation, domain-specific data,
multimodal communication or multimedia document processing, and will
organise, in addition to the usual tracks, common sessions
encompassing the different areas of LRs. 


The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral
presentations, poster presentations, referenced demonstrations and
panels. There is no difference in quality between oral presentations
and poster presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of
communication to the content of the paper will be considered.


Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster presentations should
consist of about 800 words.

Demonstrations of LRs and related tools will be reviewed as well. You
should send an outline of about 400 words. If a demo is connected to a
paper, please attach the outline to the paper abstract.

A limited number of panels and workshops is foreseen, proposals will
be reviewed by the Programme Committee.

For panels, please send a brief description, including an outline of
the intended structure (topic, organiser, panel moderator, tentative
list of panelists).

For workshops, see the dedicated section below.

Only electronic submissions will be considered. Further details about
submission will be circulated in the 2nd call for papers and posted on
the LREC web site (


- Submission of proposals for panels and workshops: 20th October 2003

- Submission of proposals for oral and poster papers, referenced
demos: 31st October 2003

- Notification of acceptance of workshop and panel proposals: 14th
November 2003

- Notification of acceptance of oral papers, posters, referenced
demos: 23rd January 2004

- Final versions for the proceedings: 1st March 2004

- Conference: 26th 28th May 2004

- Pre-conference workshops: 24th and 25th May 2004

- Post-conference workshops: 29th and 30th May 2004

The proceedings of the conference will include both oral and poster

Internet connections and various computer platforms and facilities
will be available at the conference site. In addition to referenced
demos concerning LRs and related tools, it will be possible to run
unreferenced demos of language processing products, systems and tools.
Those interested should contact the organiser of the demonstrations
(details will be posted on


Pre-conference workshops will be organised on 24th and 25th May 2004,
and post-conference workshops on 29th and 30th May 2004. A workshop is
normally either half day or full day. Proposals for workshops should
be no longer than three pages, and include:

- A brief technical description of the specific technical issues that
the workshop will address.
- The reasons why the workshop is of interest this time.
- The names, postal addresses, phone and fax numbers and email
addresses of the workshop organising committee, which should consist
of at least three people knowledgeable in the field, coming from
different institutions.
- The name of the member of the workshop organising committee
designated as the contact person.
- A time schedule of the workshop and a preliminary agenda.
- A summary of the intended workshop call for participation.
- A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any special
room requirements.

The workshop proposers will be responsible for the organisational
aspects (e.g. workshop call preparation and distribution, review of
papers, notification of acceptance, assembling of the workshop
proceedings, etc.). Further details about submission will be
circulated in the 2nd call for papers and posted on the LREC web site:

Proceedings will be printed for each workshop.


Consortia or projects wishing to take this opportunity for organising
meetings should contact the ELDA office, (further details
are given at the end of the document).


- Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR,
Pisa, Italy
- Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France
- Teresa Lino, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
- Bente Maegaard, CST, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
- Jan Odijk, UIL-OTS, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and ScanSoft,
Merelbeke, Belgium
- Daniel Tapias, Telefonica Moviles, Madrid, Spain
- Antonio Zampolli, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR,
Pisa, Italy (Conference chair)

The composition of the committees as well as instructions and
addresses for registration and accommodation will be detailed on the
LREC web site at and will be announced in the
2nd call for papers to be issued at the end of July. 


For more information about ELRA (European Language Resources
Association), please contact:

Khalid Choukri, ELRA CEO
55-57 Rue Brillat-Savarin,
75013 Paris - France
Tel: + 33 1 43 13 33 33
Fax: + 33 1 43 13 33 30
Web: or

The first LREC was organised in Granada (Spain) in 1998: 197 papers
and posters were presented, with about 510 registered participants
from 38 different countries from all continents. Among these, the
largest group came from Spain (81 participants), followed by France
(75), USA (73), Germany (47), UK (43) and Italy (41). Registered
participants belonged to over 325 different organisations.

LREC 2000, in Athens, had 129 oral papers and 152 posters presented,
with around 600 participants from 51 different countries from all
continents. Among these, the largest group came from Greece (117),
followed by USA (70), France (59), Germany (45), UK (43), Japan (35)
and Italy (29). Registered participants belonged to 319 different

LREC 2002, which took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain),
attracted over 700 representatives, coming from 38 countries around
the world, who could take advantage of the numerous oral and poster
presentations (around 365, covering every area in HLT).

A similar number of participants is expected at LREC 2004.

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