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17th EFNIL Conference, Tallinn

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The European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL)

announces the

17th Annual conference of EFNIL

in Tallinn on 9, 10 and 11 October 2019

hosted by the Institute of the Estonian Language (Eesti Keele Instituut) and the Estonian Language Council (Eesti Keelenõukogu), the Ministry of Education and Research

(Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium), the Tallinn City Government (Tallinna Linnavalitsus), the

Mother Tongue Society (Emakeele Selts) and the European Commission Directorate General

for Translation (DGT)


The theme of the conference will be:

Language and Economy: 

Language Industries in a Multilingual Europe


Day 1 (Wednesday 9 Oct, place of venue: hall of the Estonian Academy of Sciences)

15:00 –16:00 Arrival of delegation members registration – coffee / tea & lunch at the premises of the Academy of Sciences

16:00 –18:00 General Assembly

18:30 Welcome reception and dinner at the premises of the Academy of Sciences


(General Assembly and Welcome reception will take place at the premises of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia), Kohtu 6)


Day 2 (Thursday 10 Oct, Place of venue: Nordic Forum hotel, conference center)

09:00 – 09:30 Opening session

Welcome address by

Tõnis Lukas, Minister for Culture, Estonia

Kadri Simson, Commissioner-designate of the European Commission 2019-2025

Tunne Kelam, Former Member of the European Parliament

Johan Van Hoorde, President of EFNIL

09:30 – 10:00 

Florian Coulmas (IN-AEST Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen): Economic Theory and the diffusion of languages (presentation)



10:00 – 11:30 Thematic session 1 – Language economy

Frieda Steurs (Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (INT) / KU Leuven): Language is business. The challenges of a single digital market in a multilingual society (presentation)

Ludwig Eichinger (Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)): An economical solution for linguistic interaction in a multilingual economic setting (presentation)

Marco Civico in collaboration with François Grin (Observatoire Economie, Langue et Formation, Université de Genève): Language economics : overview, applications and recent methodological developments (presentation)


Moderation: Tamás Váradi


11:30 – 11:50 Coffee break


11:50 – 12:50 Thematic session 2 – Language industry and the EU

Rudy Tirry (Lionbridge Belgium): The European Language Industry Survey (methodology, data and practical tips) (presentation)

Inkaliisa Vihonen-Peuranen (European Commission / DGT): Language Industry Platform LIND and national market surveys (presentation)


Moderation: Birute Klaas-Lang


12:50 – 13:40 Lunch break


13:40 – 14:40 Thematic session 2 – Language industry and the EU (2nd part)

Merit-Ene Ilja (European Commission / DGT): Quo vadis, institutional translation? (presentation)

Alexandra Panagakou (European Commission / DG Interpretation SCIC): Outline of a new skill profile for interpreters as language professionals in the EU (presentation)


Moderation: Birute Klaas-Lang


14:40 – 15:00    Coffee break


15:00 – 17:00 Thematic session 3 – Multilingualism: foreign language skills & education

Adam Pawłowski (University of Wroclaw): Does multilingualism pay off? Reflections on the economics of language (presentation)

Guy Berg (Institut Grand-Ducal): Multilingualism in an open economy. The globalised microcosmos of Luxembourg (presentation)

Ilse van der Horst and Karlijn Waterman (Union of the Dutch Language): Dutch is everywhere: field study of the use and benefits of Dutch language skills in Italy and Poland (presentation)


Moderation: Ina Druviete


19:00 Conference dinner in the Town Hall on behalf of Mr. Tiit Terik, Chairman of Tallinn City Council


Day 3 (Friday 11 Oct, Place of venue: Nordic Forum hotel)

09:00 – 10:30 Thematic session 4 – Mixed session on Language industry and on Plain language

Mark Fišel (University of Tartu): Applied Natural Language Processing at Tartu University (presentation)

Christian Haraldsen (Gjensidige group): Plain language in the Norwegian banking and insurance sector? (presentation)

Katrin Hallik (Institute of the Estonian Language): How to Build Clear Language Strategy in Estonia (presentation)


Moderation: Åse Wetås


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break


11:00 – 12:30 Thematic session 5 – Language technology

Peter Revsbech ( Language technology and language industry. From online dictionaries to language technology services (presentation)

Margit LangemetsJelena Kallas and Tõnu Tender (Institute of the Estonian Language): Opening up Estonian dictionaries for European communities and language technology (presentation)

Albina AuksoriūtėJurgita Jaroslavienė (Institute of the Lithuanian Language): Innovations and challenges in the digital transformation of the Lithuanian language industry (presentation)


Moderation: Sabine Kirchmeier



12:30 – 14:00 Closing and lunch

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