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18th EFNIL Conference, Cavtat

 

 Announcement of

the 18th Annual Conference of EFNIL

6 – 8 October 2021 in Cavtat/Dubrovnik, Croatia



General theme:

The Role of National Language Institutions in the Digital Age


The European Federation of National Institutions for Language and the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics will host a two-day conference The Role of National Language Institutions in the Digital Age. The conference will be organised from 6 - 8 October 2021 in a hybrid form: partially as a live meeting in Cavtat/Dubrovnik, Croatia (for those willing and able to travel), and partially virtually (participants who are not able to travel will have the opportunity to participate via an online platform).


Rationale

Our world is changing faster than ever. The digital age certainly presents new challenges and significantly changes the role of national language institutions, both in relation to the research communities and to society as a whole. Language institutions have to explore new opportunities presented by technological change, and they have to cope with its challenges, if they are to meet the needs of the linguistic communities they serve. Although the missions of our member institutions differ, many of them are involved in creating new digital language resources using state-of-the-art language technologies, developing language (technology) policies, and exploring new research opportunities for national language institutions in the digital age.


Back in 2010 EFNIL organised a conference on ICT and its influence on languages and language planning. Many things have changed since then, and so it is a good idea to dedicate another conference to the same topic, which is without doubt of crucial importance to our societies today.


Thematic areas of the conference

The conference aims to showcase different ways of addressing language technologies from various perspectives, backgrounds, methodological frameworks, and policies. The topics have been organised in three main areas:


1) Language resources and technologies (e.g. online language resources, e-lexicography, corpora, linguistic websites, portals and apps, semantic resources, translation technology, natural language processing, linked open data, semantic webs)


2) The political role of national language institutions in the digital age (e.g. language technology policies, strategies and action plans, technology and language change, the digital preservation and documentation of minority languages, the digitalisation of language as cultural heritage, the promotion of language technology and AI in society)


3) Opportunities and future trends (e.g. challenges and opportunities for language research, emerging research topics, user perspectives, artificial intelligence perspectives, corpora bias).


For each of these topics, we welcome submissions that present national reports, research results, best practice, ongoing projects and project results, policies, strategies, action plans, guidelines, etc.


The conference will be organised as work sessions, with presentations and discussions. The keynote speakers will present some of the most recent and prominent endeavours in their respective areas and will provide different approaches to the main areas. The programme will end with a panel session in which all keynote speakers and delegates will discuss the most prominent issues and conclusions from the thematic sessions.


Call for proposals – Suggestions for speakers and keynotes

We invite our member institutions to consider offering a national report or a presentation related to one of the three areas mentioned above. Ideally, a national report will give a brief overview of past and current achievements, and address some of the future challenges within each of the three main topics.


Please send a (preliminary) title with a brief explanatory note (up to 400 words) by email to the EFNIL Secretariat (efnil@nytud.hu), with copies to Johan Van Hoorde (jvanhoorde@taalunie.org) and Željko Jozić (zjozic@ihjj.hr).


In addition, we invite members to submit suggestions for speakers and keynotes. If you know experts within your country in one or more of the fields mentioned above, please let us know as soon as possible. We will take your suggestions into account and contact the suggested persons. For all speaker suggestions, please describe the topic and the nature of the intervention that can be expected.


We would be grateful if we could receive your submissions no later than 1 June 2021.

All information about the conference is available on the EFNIL website and on the website of the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics (www.ihjj.hr), and will be updated regularly.


We look forward to your contributions!


With best wishes,


Johan van Hoorde and Željko Jozić

On behalf of EFNIL’s executive committee and the local organisers

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