Workshop "The Portuguese Language in the Digital Age"

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Call for Participation
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Room 2
Thursday, 15 November 2012


== Call for Participation =


The Portuguese Language in the Digital Age

November 15, 2012
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Room 2


For details on the Program, Speakers, Venue, Regsitration, etc.,
see here:


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 powerful 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? 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.


This is an event in the International Series of Workshops on
"New Technologies and the Future of Languages"

It is organized by the European project METANET4U:

This is a project in the European Network of Excellence META-NET:


8h30 Registration opens

9h00 Welcome address

9h10 - 10h20 Session P1 - Presentations

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

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

Languages and Technologies within the European Digital Agenda - A broad
Roberto Cencioni
European Commission

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

10h50 - 11h40 Session P2 - Presentations

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

CLARIN: Language Technology for the Humanities
Steven Krauwer
CLARIN Research Infrastructiure

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

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


For details on the Program, Speakers, Venue, Registration, etc.,
see here: