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GUM3C - Global Understanding in Multilingual, Multimodal and Multimedia Contexts

The World Language Documentation Centre, together with Bangor University and Language Standards for Global Business, wishes to announce a major multidisciplinary conference to celebrate 2008 as the International Year of Languages

GUM3C - Global Understanding in Multilingual, Multimodal and Multimedia Contexts

August 22-23, 2008

To be held at the Bangor University Business Management Conference Centre

This event is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and the UK National Committee to UNESCO

The United Nations announced that 2008 would be the International Year of Languages, recognizing the importance of multilingualism in supporting international understanding.  The GUM3C conference will attempt to bridge the communications gap between academia and industry, asking and attempting to answer such questions:

How can industry help academia prioritize its research in the 3 Ms?
What are the developing standards, who are developing them and will they be used?
How will this generate peace, prosperity and global understanding?

Keynote Speakers:
- Christian Galinski, Director of Infoterm and Secretary of ISO TC/37
- David Crystal, Honorary Professor, Bangor University
- Richard Ennals, Director of the UK National Commission for UNESCO

Call for papers:
Full papers and poster submissions are invited for peer-review that present original and unpublished contributions to the themes of:

- protection, curation and preservation of languages and cultures
- resources for less-resourced languages
- infrastructural support for multilingualism
- language description and documentation
- ethnicity, identity and language
- multimodal communications and support for disabilities
- web-corpus linguistics
- challenges and benefits of the multilingual internet
- multimedia ontologies and the semantic/pragmatic web and topics generally related to challenges for terminologies, lexica, ontologies, and related content resources.

Call for workshops:
Submissions for dedicated workshops are encouraged. Workshop organizers should submit calls to the conference committee, identifying target audience, workshop topics, workshop organizers and their affiliations. Workshops aimed at SMEs and the software, translation and creative industry sectors are especially welcome. The conference has the use of a dedicated IT suite with 25 computer terminals for the conference (details can be found here) and so is able to host specialist hands-on workshops. Other seminar rooms available have good quality presentation equipment including data projectors and large screens.

Important dates:
- Submission deadline May 15, 2008
- Notification June 15, 2008
- Registration and camera ready copy June 30, 2008

More information:

Last update: 2008-10-26

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