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20th EFNIL Conference, Ljubljana

The 20th Annual EFNIL Conference
 11th–13th October, 2023, Ljubljana, Slovenia
(for EFNIL members and invited guests only)
The European Federation of National Institutions for Language and 
ZRC SAZU (Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language) 
will host the two-day conference. 
The conference will take place from October 11th to 13th, 2023, and will be held as a live event only.

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General theme:
By the People, for the People:
Online Dictionaries, Language Portals, and the Role of Language Users

Programme of the conference


13.00–14.30      Arrival of guests, registration, sandwiches and drinks (Hotel Slon)

14.30    Joint departure to the venue

15.00–17.00      EFNIL General Assembly

Social programme         

17.00–18.30      Organized Ljubljana Castle sightseeing

19.00–19.45      Welcome reception 

20.00–21.00      Gala event on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of EFNIL and the Škrabec Foundation


Atrij ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2, Ljubljana

9.30–11.00        Opening session

9.30–10.30       Welcome address

- Kozma Ahačič, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language, head
- Oto Luthar, ZRC SAZU, director
- Lenart J. Kučić, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, advisor to the minister
- Valeria Darò, European Commission, Directorate-General for Translation, director
- Filip Majcen, European Commission, Directorate-General for Interpretation, director
- Sabine Kirchmeier, EFNIL, president

10.30–11.00      Gerhard Stickel: EFNIL – 20 Years of European Language Cooperation

11.00–11.20      Coffee break

11.20–13.00      Thematic session 1: Development of Language Portals

Chair: Andreas Witt

11.20–11.50      Starkaður Barkarson: Language Portals, an overview (invited speaker)

11.50–12.10      Frida Steurs: The Dutch Language Institute: towards a comprehensive digital language infrastructure

12.10–12.30      Kristina Koppel: From online dictionaries to language infrastructure: developments in Estonia

12.30–12.40      Valeria Darò: IATE – EU Terminology for All

12.40–13.00      Discussion

13.00–14.00      Lunch

14.00–16.00      Thematic session 2: User Involvement

Chair: Elena Isabelle Tamba

14.00–14.30      Janoš Ježovnik: User-focused language resources in Slovenia: towards universal solutions (invited speaker)

14.30–14.50      Henna Leskelä: Renewing the Finnish database of guidelines

14.50–15.10      Cecilia Robustelli, Francesca Cialdini: Online dictionaries and language infrastructures for the Italian language in the digital era

15.10–15.40      Discussion

15.40–16.00      Coffee break

16.00–17.00      Thematic session 3: User Involvement

Chair: Svetla Koeva

16.00–16.20      Maria Arapopoulou, Dimitrios Koutsogiannis: The dictionaries of the “Portal for the Greek Language” as designed and pedagogically recontextualized environments

16.20–16.40      Janne Boye Niemelä: How to involve language users in language advice for Danish Sign Language

16.40–17.00      Discussion

Social programme         

18.40    Walk to the conference dinner

19.00–22.00      Conference dinner at Švicarija restaurant

[20.00] Johan Van Hoorde: The history and the first years of EFNIL

with contributions by Ina Druviete, Cecilia Robustelli, John Simpson and Gerhard Stickel


9.00–10.10        Thematic session 4: Resources for Research

Chair: Tamás Váradi

9.00–9.30           Darja Fišer: CLARIN: The Infrastructure for Language Resources (invited speaker)

9.30–9.40           Filip Majcen: Multilingualism in the EU in times of generative AI

9.40–9.50           Claire-Lyse Chambron: Language policies, online dictionaries and language infrastructures for the promotion of the French language and other European languages

9.50–10.20        Discussion

10.20–11.00      Thematic session 5: Resources for Research (poster session)

Chair: Nataša Gliha Komac

- Elena Isabelle Tamba: Romanian Linguistic and Lexicographic Resources in the Digital Age

- Svetla Koeva: Online dictionaries and Dictionary portal of the Institute for Bulgarian Language

- Alexandre Ecker: The Lëtzebuerger Online Dictionnaire, a linguistic Swiss Army knife

- Magnus Ahltorp: Shrinking Lexin: Challenges of a Swedish second-language learner’s dictionary on small screens

- Ewa Rudnicka: Codification and rethinking the Polish language as a “native language” from the perspective of online dictionaries, language portals and selected social media profiles

11.00–12.00      EFNIL Master’s Thesis Awards

Co-chairs: Ari Páll Kristinsson, Åse Wetås

- Julia Elena Pardo: #dudaRAE: A merging analysis of folk prescriptivism and dialectology

- Fani Morali: Exploring refugee children’s bilingualism through multimodal identity texts

- Denise Weghofer: Scaffolding and Reading in German Lessons in Lower Secondary Education – Using Scaffolding Tools to Become Successful Second Language Readers

11.45–12.10      Discussion

12.10–12.30      Sabine Kirchmeier: Orthographic practices in Europe: Results of an EFNIL survey

12.30–13.10      Concluding remarks and panel discussion (Andreas Witt, Dimitrios Koutsogiannis, Ewa Rudnicka, Nataša Gliha Komac; co-chaired by Kozma Ahačič and Sabine Kirchmeier)

Social programme         

13.10–15.00      Lunch and cruise on board the Ljubljana tourist boat, Ljubljanica river 

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