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LRL 2013 - «Less Resourced Languages, new technologies, new challenges and opportunities»
a Joint LTC / ELRA / FLaReNet / META_NET Workshop organized in conjunction with LTC 2013


Poznań (POLAND)




Many less resourced languages (LRL) that are thriving to get a place in the digital space and that could profit of the new opportunities offered by the Internet and digital devices will seriously face digital extinction if they are not supported by Language Technologies.

Language Technologies (LTs, i.e. spelling and grammar checkers, electronic dictionaries, localized interfaces, voice dictations, audio transcriptions and subtitling, as well as multimedia/multimodal search engines, language translators or information extraction tools) are essential instruments to secure usability of less resourced languages within the digital world, thus ensuring those languages equal opportunities and raising their profile in the eyes of natives but also non-natives from the younger, digitally-oriented generation.

However, there are many challenges to be faced to equip less resourced languages with LTs (from basic to advanced): a substantial delay in development of basic technologies, a lack of cooperation among languages communities, a chronic shortage of funding (in particular for minority languages not officially recognized, yet often the most vital ones over the Internet) and the limited economic value placed over LTs for minority languages by the market rules.

At this critical time, this workshop seeks to continue the debate as to what new technologies have to offer less resourced languages, and how the research community might seek to overcome the challenges and exploit the opportunities.


    • Experiences in the development of digital applications for LRLs
    • LRLs in educational and entertainment applications
    • LRTs for securing access and inclusion to speakers of LRLs
    • Development of LRs through crowdsourcing
    • Youth-oriented applications for revitalisation of LRLs
    • Experiences/models of cooperation for development of LRTs for LRLs
    • Business models
    • Gaps in availability of LRTs for LRLs
    • LR&Ts as a booster for the adoption of LRL within the digital world
    • Lessons learnt from major recent infrastructure initiatives
    • Infrastructures for making available LR and LT in all languages, and especially in the less-resourced ones
    • Assessing Availability, Quality, Maturity and Sustainability of LT and LR, comparing the LRLs and the major ones
    • Requirements for the production, validation and distribution of LR for less-resourced languages
    • ...


Khalid Choukri (ELRA & ELDA, Paris, FRANCE), Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI-CNRS, Orsay, FRANCE), Claudia Soria (CNR-ILC, Pisa, ITALY) and Zygmunt Vetulani (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, POLAND)

Papers submission deadline

Sunday 6th October 2013