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

                                                    --  NODALI --

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 dot borin at svenska dot gu dot se>

Kimmo Koskenniemi            professor of computational linguistics
DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL LINGUISTICS  kimmo.koskenniemi at helsinki.fi
P.O.Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20 A, room 328) +358 9 191-29300 (phone)
FIN-00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, Finland    +358 9 191-29307 (fax)