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Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics (LULCL) Conferences

The first LULCL conference in October 2005 aimed at providing an overview of the state of the art in research on lesser used languages and intended to promote the networking among participants. The focus was on methodological issues such as:

  • strategies for an efficient support of lesser used languages
  • problems with theoretical approaches developed for major languages when applied to lesser used languages 
  • the cultural, economical and political specificity of a user group for which computational resources are created

The second LULCL conference in November 2008 put a special focus on bringing together efforts from several related research communities, in order to join best practices, approaches and techniques and to add value to individual initiatives. In addition to lesser used languages, projects and initiatives concerned with other types of languages were presented, including:

  • minority languages
  • language varieties
  • sign languages
  • learner language
  • spoken language

All these types of languages pose similar issues for researchers, having to do with sparse resources, little standardisation, and challenges with automatic processing and building up of computational resources.


Conference topics
The topics of interest for both LULCL meetings centered around the following themes:

  • Corpora
  • Lexicographic resources
  • Terminological resources
  • Computer assisted language teaching and learning
  • Tools and resources for translation
  • Language tools
  • Multimedia and internet

Two scientific meetings on computational approaches for lesser used, lesser standardised and lesser resourced languages have been organized by the Institute for Specialised Communication and Multilingualism at the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano. Both meetings brought together international researchers and representatives of public authorities to discuss the latest advancements and needs concerning the computational support of lesser used languages.
Proceedings of both meetings are available.

LULCL I
27th-28th October 2005, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Organizer: Isabella Ties
The conference was organized as part of the TermLad II project. TermLad II was co-financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Italy-Switzerland Programme, and benefited from the "Lia Rumantscha" collaboration.

Conference programme and book of abstracts

 

Isabella Ties (ed.) (2006): LULCL 2005 -  Proceedings of the Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics Conference. Bozen-Bolzano, 27th-28th October 2005. Bozen-Bolzano: EURAC research.

ISBN 88-88906-24-X [pdf version]

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LULCL II - "Combining efforts to foster computational support of minority languages"
13th-14th November 2008, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Organizer: Verena Lyding
The conference was co-financed by the Autonomous Region Trentino - South Typrol, Department III - Linguistics Minorities and European Integration, Office for Linguistic Minorities

Conference programme and book of abstracts

 

Lyding, Verena (Hrsg.) (2009): LULCL II 2008 - Proceedings of the Second Colloquium on Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics. Bozen-Bolzano, 13th-14th November 2008. EURAC book 54, Bozen-Bolzano: EURAC research.

ISBN 978-88-88906-52-2 [pdf version]

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Additional articles and interviews on the topic are published at the FOCUS section of the EURAC web site.

Verena Lyding
+39 0471 055 127
verena.lyding@eurac.edu
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