Awareness Seminar on Language Technology
The theme of Eurolan’97 was “Corpus Linguistics” – the use of language corpora to develop tools and resources for automated language processing and to test linguistic theories. As well as lectures by distinguished international faculty members, there were workshops that built upon the lectures and aimed specifically at stimulating discussion and further collaboration. Lectures and workshops were organized in three thematic tracks:
Lexicon and Corpora – The aim of this track was to confront Summer School participants with the state-of-the-art in using machine readable dictionaries and other on-line linguistic resources in Natural Language research and with research on extracting these resources directly from corpora.
Discourse Corpus Linguistics – This track was aimed at presenting a new trend in Natural Language Processing research that tries to base progress in discourse theories upon intensive corpus analysis. This workshop followed up on a workshop held at the University of Pennsylvania in March 1996 on discourse-coding and corpus-based discourse analysis.
Grammar engineering and grammar learning – This track was focused both on work being done on formalizing the Romanian language using HPSG in connection with research in formalizing other Romance languages and on methods for inferring grammars from corpora. Researchers that announced or begun their work on Romanian HPSG at the ACM Summer School in Belis-Fintinele, Romania in July 1996, as well as others researchers, reported their progress within this framework.
Dan Cristea (University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Iasi)
Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy, Bucharest)
Massimo Poesio – University of Edinburgh
Paola Monachesi (University of Tuebingen)
Gheorghe Popa (University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Iasi) – Chair
Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Saarbruecken)
Grazyna Wojcieszko (European Commission – Directorate-General XIII)
The European Union – Directorate XIII
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Association of Computational Linguistics – European Chapter (EACL)
The TransEuropean Linguistic Resources Infrastructure (TELRI) Copernicus Concerted Action
The French Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Bucharest
The University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Iasi
Romanian ACM Chapter
Romanian Ministry of Research and Technology
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Laussane
The accommodation, meals, travel and entertainment were organized by the NET Agency – Iasi, Romania.