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LINGUIST List 25.215

Tue Jan 14 2014

Summer Schools: Coding for Language Communities (CLC 2014)/ Minde, Portugal

Editor for this issue: Malgorzata Cavar <gosialinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Jan-2014
From: Vera Ferreira <vferreiracidles.eu>
Subject: Coding for Language Communities (CLC 2014)/ Minde, Portugal
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Coding for Language Communities (CLC 2014)

Host Institution: Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation
Coordinating Institution: Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation
Website: http://www.cidles.eu/summer-school-coding-for-language-communities-2014/

Dates: 11-Aug-2014 - 15-Aug-2014
Location: Minde, Portugal

Focus: CLC 2014 will focus on the practical implementation of software that supports specific language communities.

Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

There are currently around 7.000 languages spoken all over the world - but each month a language dies. In general we see a strong tendency to learn and use only the major languages such as English, German, French, etc., especially in electronic communication. This is partly caused by the lack of hardware (e.g. keyboards) and software (for transliteration, text completion, etc.) for under-resourced languages, which constrain the natural usage of people's own language in many tasks. The Summer School "Coding for Language Communities" is about ongoing research and development to turn that process in exactly the other direction: every successful technology can also be used to teach, revitalize and therefore boost the use of regional languages. This technology should also assist the renewal of local languages and cultures by allowing people to actively teach, learn, extend, and spread their language in their community. Our aim is to give people the ability to use their mother tongue in everyday electronic communication, no matter where they are and whatever language they speak.

What will we do? The Summer School "Coding for Language Communites" aims to bring together three groups:
- speakers of languages that are currently not supported by language technologies, and that want to use their language on electronic devices;
- students of linguistics and language-related disciplines interested in learning about software development;
- software developers and students of computational sciences that are interested in supporting under-resourced languages by technological means.
During an exciting and exhausting week we will work together to create new code and develop software and tools for under-resourced languages. We will create five interdisciplinary teams to tackle real-world problems in ongoing or new open source projects. Each team will consist of five members, with at least one participant of each of the groups mentioned above. Each team will have an expert as mentor to guide and supervise the progress, in addition to
three senior software developers that will be available to support all the teams in the implementation of the solution. At the end of the week there will be prizes for the most creative solutions. Each day we start with a theoretical talk by one of the mentors, which complements the practical experience of developing language technologies as a team within an open source project.

- Kevin Scannell (Saint Louis University)
- Bruce Birch (Australian National University)
- Dorothee Beermann (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
- Peter Bouda (CIDLeS)
- other mentors to be announced.

Organizing Team:
- Vera Ferreira
- Peter Bouda
- Rita Pedro
- Felix Rau
- Kevin Scannell
- Dorothee Beermann
- Eva Schinzel

CLC 2014 is part of a larger event. There will be a second summer school the following week on Community-driven Language Documentation (http://www.cidles.eu/summer-school-community-driven-language-documentation-2014/).

For more information please contact clc2014cidles.eu

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Language Documentation
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Tuition: 250.00 EUR

Tuition Explanation: The fee includes summer school materials, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and a place to sleep. Depending on availability, the beds will be in a shared room for 2-4 people. You can pay by bank transfer or Paypal (including credit cards). You will receive more details in the confirmation mail, as soon as we process your application.

Financial Aid: Applications accepted until 31-May-2014
We plan to provide financial aid for students to participate in the summer school. If possible, the scholarship will cover the fee of 250 Euros and travel costs up to 1.000 Euros. We still do not know if the scholarship will be available, and when.

Financial Aid Instructions:
If you need a scholarship you may already fill in and send the application form and specifically describe why you need a scholarship in the application form.

Registration: 13-Jan-2014 to 31-May-2014

Contact Person: Vera Ferreira
Email: vferreiracidles.eu

Apply on the web: http://www.cidles.eu/summer-school-coding-for-language-communities-2014/apply/

Registration Instructions:
Participants have to apply by filling out the application form providing information on their background and interest in the area of language technologies. The number of participants is limited to 25. Admission will be based on the track record and a motivational statement that are part of the application form.
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