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I UNL Grammar Workshop

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The UNDL Foundation invites applications for the I UNL Grammar Workshop, to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from February 6th to 10th, 2012. The workshop is dedicated to the development of the grammatical resources for the processing of the following languages:
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Swedish


During the workshop the participants are expected to provide the dictionary entries and the morphological, syntactic and semantic modules of the grammar necessary to generate a reference corpus from UNL into their native language, and from their native language into UNL. The grammar is expected to comply with the formalism described at www.unlweb.net/wiki/index.php/Grammar_Specs, and will be provided through the UNLarium (www.unlweb.net/unlarium), a web-based integrated development environment for creating and editing language resources for natural language engineering. The UNDL Foundation will provide all the training and support necessary for the accomplishment of the tasks.


Candidates must be native speakers of any of the languages referred to above; should have been registered at the UNLweb ; and should have been approved in CLEA250, CLEA450, CLEA700 and CUP500. These certificates may be pursued online at VALERIE – the Virtual Learning Environment for UNL – available at www.unlweb.net/valerie. Previous experience in natural language processing, respectable academic records and previous experience in any of the existing projects at the UNLweb (such as Le Petit Prince and UNL MIR) will also be valued.


In order to apply, candidates must send a CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it until November 30th, 2011. 


The UNDL Foundation will select one candidate per language, according to the following criteria:

  • Compliance with the requisites;
  • Highest academic degree;
  • Strongest experience in natural language processing;
  • Strongest experience in the UNLweb.
The list of selected candidates will be published at the UNLweb until December 15th, 2011.


The workshop will take 30 hours, from February 6th to 10th, 2012, at the UNDL Foundation office, in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the tentative schedule below:

Feb 06th, 2012 - Monday
09:00-10:00 Introduction
10:00-12:00 I – Corpus
14:00-17:00 II – UNL-NL dictionary
Feb 07th, 2012 - Tuesday
09:00-12:00 III – Morphology (inflectional paradigms)
14:00-17:00 IV – NL dictionary
Feb 08th, 2012- Wednesday
09:00-12:00 V – UNL-NL grammar (I)
14:00-17:00 V – UNL-NL grammar (II)
Feb 09th, 2012 - Thursday
09:00-12:00 VI – NL-UNL grammar (I)
14:00-17:00 VI – NL-UNL grammar (II)
Feb 10th, 2012 - Friday
09:00-12:00 Evaluation
14:00-17:00 Discussion


The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates not living in Geneva, Switzerland. These include: 

  • a round-trip plane or train ticket to/from Geneva;
  • 7 nights (from Feb 5th to Feb 11th) at the ETAP hotel Genève Petit-Lancy;  
  • 7 per diem of CHF60.00 (total of CHF420.00).


The selected candidates will receive a pro labore of CHF1,000.00 (one thousand Swiss Francs) in addition to the UNLdots acquired during the workshop. The pro labore will only be paid to the candidates present to all sessions and actually engaged in producing the intended resources. 


The UNDL Foundation will issue a Certificate of Participation, upon evaluation, for all the participants.


The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate for implementing the Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL is an artificial language that has been used for several different tasks in natural language engineering, such as machine translation, multilingual document generation, summarization, information retrieval and semantic reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative to reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication in the framework of the UN.


For further information, please contact:

Ronaldo Martins
Language Resources Manager
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Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2011 14:14