XVI UNL School

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The UNDL Foundation and the University of Brasilia invite applications for the XVI UNL School, to take place at the University of Brasilia, in Brasilia, Brazil, from November 10th to 14th, 2014. The workshop is dedicated to the development of the resources for the processing of the languages below. The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates not living in the region of Brasilia.



  • Application deadline: Oct 19, 2014 (new deadline)
  • Notification of accepted candidates: Oct 26, 2014
  • XVI UNL School: Nov 10-14, 2014


The workshop is dedicated to the development of the resources for the following languages:

  • American Spanish
  • Aymara
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Guarani
  • Quechua
  • Any indigenous language of South America


The main goal of the XVI UNL School is to extend the number of languages participating in the UNL Program, by creating the corresponding basic dictionaries and corpora, as well as the morphological modules of the grammar (inflectional paradigms and subcategorization frames)


In order to apply, external candidates must comply with ALL the following requisites:

  • Candidates must be native speakers or acknowledged specialists of any of the languages referred to above;
  • Candidates must have a good command of English, which will be the language of the workshop;
  • Candidates must have completed the certificates CLEA750 and CUP500 (these certificates may be be pursued online at VALERIE - the Virtual Learning Environment for UNL, available at www.unlweb.net/valerie)
  • Candidates must have a degree in Linguistics, Language Studies, Translation Studies, Computational Linguistics, Information Sciences or related field; and
  • Candidates must be residents in South America.

Previous experience in natural language processing, respectable academic records and previous experience in any of the existing projects within the UNLweb will also be valued, but are not mandatory. Local candidates (from the University of Brasilia) will be selected according to the criteria defined by the local organization.


In order to apply, candidates must fill in the form available at www.unlweb.net/unlversity until the deadline.


The UNDL Foundation will select up to 10 local candidates from the University of Brasilia, and up to 10 external candidates not living in the region of Brasilia, according to the following criteria:

  • Language diversity
  • Strongest experience in the UNLweb
  • Strongest experience in natural language processing
  • Highest academic degree


University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil


The UNDL Foundation will pay the following travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates

  • To the external candidates (i.e., not living in the region of Brasilia)
    • a round-trip plane, bus or train ticket from/to Brasilia;
    • 6 (six) nights at a budget hotel in Brasilia; and
    • 6 (six) per diem of USD50.00 (total of USD300.00), to cover any other expenses, including meals and transportation.
  • To the local candidates (i.e., living in the region of Brasilia)
    • 6 (six half per-diem) of USD25.00 (total of USD150.00), to cover any expenses, including meals and transportation.


The workshop will take 30 hours, from November 10th to March 14th, 2014, according to the tentative schedule below:

  • Nov 10th, Monday - Introduction to UNL
  • Nov 11th, Tuesday - Grammar: inflectional paradigms
  • Nov 12th, Wednesday - Grammar: subcategorization frames
  • Nov 13th, Thursday - Dictionaries
  • Nov 14th, Friday - Evaluation & Discussion


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 acommunication in the framework of the UN.


For further information, please contact:
Ronaldo Martins, PhD
Language Resources Manager
UNDL Foundation