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GLOBALEX 2016: Lexicographic Resources for Human Language Technology

Full day workshop at LREC2016 | Portorož, Slovenia | May 24, 2016

Workshop Description

The field of lexicography has been shifting to digital media, with effect on all stages of research, development, design, evaluation, publication, marketing and usage. Modern lexicographic content is created with help of dictionary writing tools, corpus query systems and QA applications, and becomes more easily accessible and useful for integration with numerous LT solutions, as part of bigger knowledge systems and collaborative intelligence.

At the same time, extensive interlinked language resources, primarily intended for use in Human Language Technology (HLT), are being created through projects, movements and initiatives, such as Linguistic Linked (Open) Data (LLOD), meeting requirements for optimal use in HLT, e.g. unique identification and use of web standards (RDF or JSON-LD), leading to better federation, interoperability and flexible representation. In this context, lexicography constitutes a natural part of the LLOD scheme, currently represented by wordnets, FrameNets, and HLT-oriented lexicons, ontologies and lexical databases. However, despite attempts to embed lexicography in a theoretical framework, a new research paradigm and common standards are still lacking, and so are common standards for its interoperability with HLT applications and systems.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the development of global standards for the evaluation of lexicographic resources and their incorporation with new language technology services and other devices. The workshop is the first-ever joint initiative by all the major continental lexicography associations, seeking to promote cooperation with related fields of HLT for all languages worldwide, and it is intended to bridge various existing gaps within and among such different research fields and interest groups. The target audience includes lexicographers, computational and corpus linguists and researchers working in the fields of HLT, Linked Data, the Semantic Web, Artificial Intelligence, etc.

Motivation

The GLOBALEX Workshop @ LREC 2016 constitutes a joint proposal by the five existing continental lexicographic associations, supported by the international conference on electronic lexicography:

This workshop is a first step in forming GLOBALEX – a global constellation for all continental, regional, local, topical or special interest communities concerned with lexicography.

GLOBALEX will promote knowledge sharing and cooperation among its members and with other parties concerned with language and linguistics. It will aim to establish global standards for the creation, evaluation, dissemination and usage of lexicographic resources and solutions, and for the interoperability of lexicography with other relevant disciplines and branches of the HLT academe and industry worldwide.

Topics of interest

  • Lexicography in the age of globalization and digitization
  • Lexicography-assisted language learning and translation
  • Lexicography and the retro-digitization of dictionary manuscripts
  • Lexicographic integration of NLP tools and corpora
  • Lexicography and HLT for under-resourced languages
  • Lexicography and terminology
  • Lexicography and the Multilingual Digital Single Market
  • Lexicography and Linguistic Linked (Open) Data
  • Lexicography and the Semantic Web
  • Lexicography and Artificial Intelligence

Audience

  • Lexicographers and dictionary makers
  • Computational and corpus linguists
  • NLP researchers and engineers
  • Terminologists
  • Big data analysts
  • Reference scientists and knowledge system managers