TextLink First Action Conference, 26 - 28 January 2015

The TextLink First Action Conference will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, from 26 to 28 January 2015.

The most important objective of the First TextLink Action meeting is to make the Action as “active” as possible! Therefore the focus will first and foremost be on improving and enhancing networking among the members of the many different research teams involved.

The aim of the TextLink Action is to make theoretical and methodological progress in the fields of discourse and corpus annotation, more particularly of discourse structuring devices in no less than 20 different languages. All these languages vary in how discourse relations and structure are signaled, but they also have a number of principles in common. This appears from the many discourse-annotated corpora that are becoming available in individual languages (cf. outcome of the WG1 Meeting in Prague). But we have still some way to go to interconnect these resources by contrasting, comparing, putting together, discussing, arguing, agreeing and disagreeing. This is the program of the three days in Louvain-la-Neuve! It is our hope that by learning what is already available in some of the languages, what is sharable and what needs urgent development, we will make progress in our collaborative effort.

Invited speakers: Prof. Maite Taboada and Prof. Andrew Kehler

The conference will begin on Monday morning. The morning session will be dedicated to two plenary talks given by Prof. Maite Taboada and Prof. Andrew Kehler. The Monday afternoon session will consist of oral presentations by TextLink members undetaking collaborative research across different institutions / different working groups, as well as reports from short-term scientific missions (STSMs).

Tuesday's sessions will be run in the context of the working groups. In the morning, a joint poster session will be held, for all 4 working groups. Following the poster session, working group breakout sessions will be held.

Wednesday will be an opportunity for working groups to come together to report their discussions from Tuesday. An MC meting will follow. The full programme is available here.

Organisers: Liesbeth Degand, Nicky Thrupp

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