FW: tutorial on IT support for small languages - invitation to participate

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Tue Apr 27 18:03:09 UTC 2004

Dear All,

forwarded from the ENDANGERED-LANGUAGES-L (with usual apologies), an
interesting call.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Institut für Finno-Ugristik der Universität Wien
Universitätscampus AAKH, Spitalg. 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43009 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at | http://mailbox.univie.ac.at/Johanna.Laakso/

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Von: Lars Borin <lars.borin at SVENSKA.GU.SE>
Antworten an: Lars Borin <lars.borin at SVENSKA.GU.SE>
Datum: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 19:39:38 +0200
Betreff: tutorial on IT support for small languages - invitation to

IT support for small languages

a tutorial in conjunction with the
ALLC/ACH conference
Göteborg, Sweden, 9-10 June, 2004

The world's linguistic diversity is decreasing at an alarming rate. Even
according to the most optimistic predictions, one fourth of the world's
languages will be gone by the end of this century, unless we can do
something to reverse this trend. A language is a reflection of the
community that speaks it. When the language dies, not only the linguistic
knowledge itself is lost, but also the unique philosophy and world-view of
its people, embodied in the language, and, indeed, inseparable from it.

Threatened language communities and linguists alike are becoming
increasingly aware of this development, and increasingly concerned about
it. In this connection, modern information and communication technologies
can potentially be of enormous help. We can see many ways in which digital
recording and storage technologies, the internet, multimedia, e-learning,
corpus linguistics, language technology and other kinds of IT could be
employed in support of small and threatened language communities.

The aim of this two-day tutorial on IT support for small languages is to
provide an up-to-date overview of this important area. It will cover topics
such as
- Uses of IT in support of small languages (general documentation/resource
creation, revitalization, teaching/learning, status raising, etc.)
- Digital documentation of (small) languages:
- - general
- - modalities (writing, speech, video, etc.)
- - resource types (corpora, lexicons, etc.)
- - standards, formats
- - intellectual property rights and ethical issues
- Language technology for language support
- Community-related multimedia products


Professor Peter Austin
Märit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics,
Director: Endangered Languages Academic Programme,
School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

Professor Lars Borin
Chair in Natural Language Processing,
Director: Bank of Swedish,
Göteborg University, Sweden

Practical details:

You register for the tutorial using the main ALLC/ACH conference
registration form, found here: <http://www.hum.gu.se/allcach2004/Reg/>. The
tutorial fee is 625 SEK (incl VAT) (about 70 Euro), which includes lunch
and coffee/tea. Note that it is possible to register only for the tutorial;
you don't need to register for the main conference.

The tutorial webpage: <http://svenska.gu.se/~svelb/ALLC-ACH-04/>.
The ALLC/ACH conference website: <http://www.hum.gu.se/allcach2004/>

In case you have questions, please contact Lars Borin
<lars.borin at svenska.gu.se>

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