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Tue Nov 08 2011
FYI: I UNL Grammar Workshop: Call for Applicants
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1. Ronaldo Martins ,
I UNL Grammar Workshop: Call for Applicants
Message 1: I UNL Grammar Workshop: Call for Applicants
From: Ronaldo Martins <r.martinsundlfoundation.org>
Subject: I UNL Grammar Workshop: Call for Applicants
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The I UNL Grammar Workshop is dedicated to the creation of the
language resources necessary to generate a reference corpus from
UNL into a subset of central and eastern European languages, and
from these languages into UNL. The UNL is an artificial language that
has been used for several different tasks in natural language
engineering, such as machine translation, multilingual document
generation, summarization, information retrieval and semantic
reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative to reduce
language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication in the
framework of the United Nations.
The UNDL Foundation invites applications for the I UNL Grammar
Workshop, to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from February 6th to
10th, 2012. The workshop is dedicated to the development of the
grammatical resources for the processing of the following languages:
During the workshop the participants are expected to provide the
dictionary entries and the morphological, syntactic and semantic
modules of the grammar necessary to generate a reference corpus
from UNL into their native language, and from their native language
into UNL. The grammar is expected to comply with the formalism
described at www.unlweb.net/wiki/index.php/Grammar_Specs, and will
be provided through the UNLarium (www.unlweb.net/unlarium), a web-
based integrated development environment for creating and editing
language resources for natural language engineering. The UNDL
Foundation will provide all the training and support necessary for the
accomplishment of the tasks.
Candidates must be native speakers of any of the languages referred
to above; should have been registered at the UNLweb ; and should
have been approved in CLEA250, CLEA450, CLEA700 and CUP500.
These certificates may be pursued online at VALERIE – the Virtual
Learning Environment for UNL – available at www.unlweb.net/valerie.
Previous experience in natural language processing, respectable
academic records and previous experience in any of the existing
projects at the UNLweb (such as Le Petit Prince and UNL MIR) will also
In order to apply, candidates must send a CV to
r.martinsundlfoundation.org until November 30th, 2011.
The UNDL Foundation will select one candidate per language,
according to the following criteria:
Compliance with the requisites;
Highest academic degree;
Strongest experience in natural language processing;
Strongest experience in the UNLweb.
The list of selected candidates will be published at the UNLweb until
December 15th, 2011.
Program and Venue
The workshop will take 30 hours, from February 6th to 10th, 2012, at
the UNDL Foundation office, in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the
tentative schedule below:
Feb 06th, 2012 - Monday
10:00-12:00 I – Corpus
14:00-17:00 II – UNL-NL dictionary
Feb 07th, 2012 - Tuesday
09:00-12:00 III – Morphology (inflectional paradigms)
14:00-17:00 IV – NL dictionary
Feb 08th, 2012- Wednesday
09:00-12:00 V – UNL-NL grammar (I)
14:00-17:00 V – UNL-NL grammar (II)
Feb 09th, 2012 - Thursday
09:00-12:00 VI – NL-UNL grammar (I)
14:00-17:00 VI – NL-UNL grammar (II)
Feb 10th, 2012 - Friday
The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation
expenses for the selected candidates not living in Geneva, Switzerland.
a round-trip plane or train ticket to/from Geneva;
7 nights (from Feb 5th to Feb 11th) at the ETAP hotel Genève Petit-
7 per diem of CHF60.00 (total of CHF420.00).
The selected candidates will receive a pro labore of CHF1,000.00 (one
thousand Swiss Francs) in addition to the UNLdots acquired during the
workshop. The pro labore will only be paid to the candidates present to
all sessions and actually engaged in producing the intended resources.
The UNDL Foundation will issue a Certificate of Participation, upon
evaluation, for all the participants.
The UNDL Foundation
The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva,
Switzerland, which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate
for implementing the Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL
is an artificial language that has been used for several different tasks in
natural language engineering, such as machine translation, multilingual
document generation, summarization, information retrieval and
semantic reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative to
reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication
in the framework of the UN.
For further information, please contact:
Language Resources Manager
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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