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Language, Languages and New Technologies

ICT in the Service of Languages- Contributions to the Annual Conference 2010 of EFNIL in Thessaloniki


Gerhard Stickel (EFNIL) and Tamás Varadi

The development of smaller and more powerful computers and the introduction of new communication channels by the interlinking of computers, by the Internet and the World Wide Web, have caused great changes for linguistics. They affect the methods in the various disciplines of pure linguistics as well as the tools and ways of applied linguistics such as translation and interpretation, language teaching, learning, and testing. This volume presents general reflections and overview articles on these new developments by noted experts followed by reports on the concrete uses of information technologies for linguistic purposes in different European countries and at the European Parliament. A discussion of another important linguistic issue is added: the various uses of the highly symbolic term national language.
Contents: John Nikolaos Kazazis: Welcome address – Αntonios Rengakos: Welcome notes – Gerhard Stickel: Opening – Sabine Kirchmeier-Andersen: Language technology for language institutions. What kind of technology do languages institutions use - what kind of resources can they provide? – Tamás Váradi: The relevance of language technology infrastructures: national and European initiatives – Dimitrios Koutsogiannis: ICTs and language teaching: the missing third circle – John C. Paolillo: Language, the Internet and access: do we recognize all the issues? – Guy Berg: Babel life - Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien im Dienste der Mehrsprachigkeit bei den Organen und Einrichtungen der Europäischen Union – Manuel Casado Velarde/Fernando Sánchez León: Notes on Real Academia Española’s tools and resources – Seán Ó Cearnaigh: A brief report to Information Computer Technologies in Ireland – Catia Cucchiarini/Linde van den Bosch: Medium-sized languages and the technology challenge: the Dutch language experience in a European perspective – Anna Dąbrowska/Tadeusz Piotrowski: Information Computer Technologies and the Polish language – Maria Gavrilidou/Penny Labropoulou/Stelios Piperidis: National Report on Language Technology in Greece – Thibault Grouas : Présentation de la Recommandation « Langues et internet » du Forum des droits sur l’internet – Einar Meister: Human Language Technology developments in Estonia – Pirkko Nuolijärvi/Toni Suutari: The landscape of the Finnish language research infrastructure – Anna Maria Gustafsson/Pirkko Nuolijärvi: Multilingual public websites in Finland – Svelta Koeva: Natural Language Processing in Bulgaria (from BLARK to competitive language technologies) – Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson: Icelandic language technology: an overview – Andreas Witt/Oliver Schonefeld: Informationsinfrastrukturen am Institut für Deutsche Sprache – Bessie Dendrinos/Jean-François Baldi/Pietro G. Beltrami/Walery Pisarek/Maria Theodoropoulou: Panel discussion: The symbolism of the notion of national language.