[RNLD] Workshop on Less-Resourced-Languages, Poznan, Poland - submission now open

Claudia Soria claudia.soria at ilc.cnr.it
Thu Aug 13 08:59:29 UTC 2015

This is to announce that submission of contributions to the workshop 
"Language Technologies in support of Less-Resourced Languages" is now 
open: http://www.ilc.cnr.it/lrl2015/submissions.htm

The workshop will take place in Poznan, Poland, on the 28th of November. 
It will be a great opportunity for discussing about the needs and 
challenges of Language Technology development for less-resourced languages.

We are happy to share the title and summary of the plenary talk, which 
will be given by Mikel L. Forcada (Universitat d'Alacant and Apertium, 

*Machine translation and language resources for under-resourced European 
languages: challenges and experiences*

Multilingualism is at the core of Europe's identity. However, the 
official multilingualism of European Union institutions is usually 
restricted to a set of 24 official languages (/bul//, ces, dan, deu, 
ell, eng, spa, est, fin, fra, gle, hrv, hun, ita, lit, lav, mlt, nld, 
pol, por, ron, slk, slv, swe/), with some symbolic support for five more 
semi-official languages (/cat/, /cym/, /eus/, /gla/, /glg/). As a 
result, European funding for machine translation and language resources 
usually covers these languages, but not many other languages in which 
Europeans live a great part of their everyday lifes.
In this talk, I will discuss some of the issues and challenges involved 
in creating machine translation (MT) and MT-related language resources 
for less-resourced languages of Europe, will show the advantages of a 
free/open-source, collaborative approach, and will argue in favour of 
knowledge-based approaches, illustrating them with three cases: two 
under-resourced languages (Breton and Occitan) and a better resourced 
language (Catalan).

With my best regards,

Claudia Soria
Workshop Co-Chair

Claudia Soria
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "A. Zampolli"
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Via Moruzzi 1
56124 Pisa

Tel. +39 050 3153166
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