Workshop, November 15, 2012 – New Technologies and the Future of Languages

Workshop, November 15, 2012
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Room 2


Participation in the workshop is open to everyone interested and gratis. Since attendance is limited to the number of seats available, your participation has to be secured by registering here:



With new and increasingly more powerfull technologies, we are communicating with more people, more often and more easily. Critically, these new technologies are not only providing extended carriers for the exchange of linguistic information: they are inducing a deep technological shock in the way languages can be used.

In sharp rupture with the past, we will be using new technological solutions to communicate instantly in our mother language with people speaking a different language, and accessing information encoded in other languages that we do not speak. And we will be using natural language to interact with all sorts of artificial devices and services in the rapidly unfolding information society.

What are the new conditions of usage for natural languages? Which ones are being technologically equipped to face the digital shock and which ones are not? How will they thrive and which will lose relevance, or eventually get extinct, in the globalized world?

And in particular: What are the specific challenges for the Portuguese language? What strategic responses can be devised?

Seeking views, answers and strategies that help to answer these questions is the central goal of this workshop.


8h30 Registration opens

9h00 Welcome address

9h10 – 10h20 Session P1 – Presentations

9h10 Strategies of Camões, IP for the Promotion of the Portuguese Language in the Internet
Rui Vaz, Camões, IP (former Instituto Camões)

9h35 Multilateral Linguistic Policies for Portuguese and for Multilinguism in the Cyberspace (in Portuguese)
Gilvan Müller Oliveira, Instituto Internacional da Língua Portuguesa (IILP/CPLP)

10h00 Languages and Technologies within the European Digital Agenda – A broad overview
Roberto Cencioni, European Commission

10h25 – 10h50 Session D1 – Debates
Standup multilateral debates start (fueled by coffee and cookies)

10h50 – 11h40 Session P2 – Presentations

10h50 The Portuguese Varieties at the Transition to Digital Support
José Afonso Furtado, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

11h15 Ideas, Doubts and Realities
Helder Coelho, Universidade de Lisboa

11h40 – 12h05 Session D2 – Debates
Standup multilateral debates continue (around coffee)

12h05 – 13h20 Session P3 – Presentations

12h05 CLARIN: Language Technology for the Humanities
Steven Krauwer, CLARIN Research Infrastructiure

12h30 A Strategic Research Agenda for Multilingual Europe
Hans Uszkoreit, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and
META-NET European R&D Network of Excellence

12h55 The Portuguese Language in the Digital Shock: challenges and opportunities
António Branco, Universidade de Lisboa and

13h20 – 13h30 Wrapping address

13h30 – 14h30 Session D3 – Debates
Standup multilateral debates conclude (supported by a light meal)

14h30 Farewell

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