electronic Lexicography: Post-Editing Lexicography (eLex2021)

  • Date
  • 5. – 7.7.2021
  • Location
  • Brno, Czechia

ELEXIS is co-organising the 7th biennial conference on electronic lexicography, eLex 2021: Post-Editing Lexicography.

Language of the conference: English

Given the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the format of the physical conference will be fixed no later than 60 days before the conference. If the epidemiological situation and travel restrictions do not allow for a physical event, the conference will be held virtually in which case the format may change to accommodate the specifics of online events. Proceedings will be published in either case.
As a result, there will be no early-bird registration but a two-week registration window after the conference format is announced (ca. May 1st-May 15th, 2021).

Digital lexicography has progressed over the past 30 years up to the point where large parts of entries in a new dictionary (such as headword lists, inflections, translations or example sentences) may be drafted automatically from a sufficiently large and sufficiently annotated text corpus. This technological progress leads to new methodological approaches where most editorial work consists of post-editing of automatically created content – similarly to post-editing of machine translated texts. On one hand, these changes promise speeding up the editorial work (as less work needs to be carried out in total) and allow the editors to focus on the lexicographically most challenging issues (as the easy bits are likely to be drafted correctly), on the other hand the changes to the overall editorial workflow and dominant lexicographic paradigms are substantial and not straightforward to implement.

Therefore at eLex 2021 we would especially welcome contributions that focus on:

  • theoretical as well as practical challenges of the post-editing workflow
  • recommendations, best practices and use cases of post-editing lexicography
  • impact of the post-editing workflow to the editor’s skillset and education
  • tools and technologies for post-editing lexicography, their evaluation as well as discussion of their current limits

Notwithstanding these highlighted topics, the forthcoming eLex conference is the right place to present any ongoing work in digital lexicography.

The call for papers is open:

The conference aims to explore innovative developments in the field of electronic lexicography.

The focus of this conference is on post-editing lexicography.

Beyond this year’s topic, papers discussing any of the following areas of lexicography are cordially welcome:

  • Dictionary content in different digital media (e.g. mobile devices, tablets)
  • Exploitation of language resources (e.g. via API): monolingual and multilingual corpora, learner corpora, lexical databases (e.g. Wordnet, Framenet, DANTE, Wikipedia)
  • Linked lexical data, its integration and presentation
  • Automatic creation of dictionary content
  • Visualisation of lexical data
  • New reference tools with a dictionary element (e.g. learning tools, writing assistants)
  • Dictionary writing systems and other software available to the lexicographer
  • Integration of NLP tools (e.g. grammatical annotation, speech synthesis)
  • Usage practices of the users of electronic dictionaries
  • Automated customisation of dictionaries to users’ needs and characteristics (e.g. proficiency level, mother tongue)
  • Integration of electronic dictionaries into language learning and teaching (e.g. CALL, translator training)
  • Crowdsourcing and its use in lexicography

The abstracts, to be submitted by 1 February 2021, should be between 300-500 words in length (excluding references).

There will be three categories of presentation at the conference:

  • Paper (25 minutes, including discussion)
  • Software presentation (25 minutes, including discussion)
  • Posters and demos

Software presentations should not include only a demo of the software but also other aspects, such as the analysis of user needs, rationale for certain features, specifics of projects/datasets etc. The posters and demos are intended to present research still at a preliminary stage and on which researchers would like to get feedback.

In order to give a presentation at the conference, you must have your abstract accepted. The authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit a full paper for the proceedings (indexed by SCOPUS).