GSCL 2011 > Workshops > Language Technology for a Multilingual Europe

Language Technology for a Multilingual Europe

September 27th 2011, Hamburg University


The Workshop aims at bringing various groups together who are concerned with the broad topic of “Language Technology for a multilingual Europe”. This encompasses on the one hand representatives from research and development in the field of language technologies, on the other hand users from quite divers areas. Two examples of the application of language technology is (automatic / machine) translation, and processing of texts from the humanities with methods from language technology, like automatic topic indexing, text mining, integrating numerous texts and additional information across languages etc.

These kinds of application areas and research and development in language technology have in common that they rely on resources (lexica, corpora, grammars, ontologies etc.), or that they produce these resources. A multilingual Europe, being supported by language technology, is only possible if an adequate, interoperable infrastructure of resources, including the related tooling, is available for all European languages. In addition it is necessary that the aforementioned and other communities of developers and users of language technology stand as one, homogenous community. Only in this way it will be possible to assure the long-term political acceptance of the topic “language technology” in Europe.

The workshop is co-organised by two GSCL working groups ("Text Technology" and "Machine Translation") and META-NET. META-NET, a Network of Excellence consisting of 44 research centres from 31 countries, is dedicated to building the technological foundations of a multilingual European information society. META-NET is forging META, the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance.

Invited Talk

C. M. Sperberg-McQueen: "Using XQuery to search for patterns among siblings: A case study in language technology and standardization"

C. M. Sperberg-McQueen is co-author of the XML standard and the TEI-Guidelines and works in the W3C-Working Groups on XQuery and XSLT, among others.


The workshop aims at brining research and development from academia and industry together, to discuss the aforementioned technical and political prerequisites for language technology in Europe. Submissions may touch on the following or otheraspects of this overall topic:

  • Research and development of language technology in various areas (HumanLanguage Technology, ICT, eHumanities, ...)
  • Infrastructure for resources in language technology
  • Prerequisites for interoperability of language technology based applications
  • Language technology and standardization
  • "Political perspectives" about requirements and the usefulness of language technology, from the perspective of research, industry and various user communities.


The evaluation of abstracts for posters will be anonymous. Hence, the authors should not be mentioned directly in the abstract. Submissions for system demonstrations need not to be anonymous.

Length and format: max. 2 pages in 11pt (without references), PDF.

Abstracts should be submitted via the GSCL conference system (category in the system: choose the entry for the workshop lt-europe).

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15th 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: June 15th 2011
  • Workshop: September 27th, the Tuesday before the GSCL conference
  • Programme committee

  • Aljoscha Burchardt, DFKI
  • Kurt Eberle, Lingenio
  • Josef van Genabith, Dublin City University / Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)
  • Ulrich Heid, Universität Hildesheim
  • Jonas Kuhn, IMS Stuttgart
  • Christian Lieske, SAP
  • Henning Lobin, Universität Gießen
  • Georg Rehm, DFKI
  • Felix Sasaki, DFKI
  • Uta Seewald-Heeg, Hochschule Anhalt
  • Daniel Stein, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Elke Teich, Universität Saarbrücken
  • Andreas Witt, Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim
  • Organizing committee

  • Georg Rehm, DFKI
  • Felix Sasaki, DFKI
  • Daniel Stein, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Andreas Witt, Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim