The Spoken British National Corpus 2014 (Spoken BNC2014) is now available!

A message from Tony McEnery: Dear all On behalf of Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press, it gives us great pleasure to announce the public release of the Spoken British National Corpus 2014 (Spoken BNC2014). The Spoken BNC2014 contains 11.5 million words of transcribed informal British English conversation, recorded by (mainly English) speakers between the years 2012 and 2016. The situational context of the recordings – casual conversation among friends and family members – is designed to make the corpus broadly comparable to the demographically-sampled component of the original spoken…

SemEval-2018 Task 9: Hypernym Discovery

SemEval 2018 - Hypernym Discovery

Training data released: https://competitions.codalab.org/competitions/17119#participate  Evaluation deadline: 29 Jan 2018, 23:59 GMT The organizers of the SemEval-2018 – Task 9 are pleased to announce the shared task on Hypernym Discovery. Hypernymy, i.e. the capability for generalization, lies at the core of human cognition. It is not surprising, therefore, that identifying hypernymic relations (i.e., is-a relations) has been pursued in NLP for over two decades. This task contributes in fact to the improvement of Question Answering, Textual Entailment and Semantic Search systems. In addition, hypernymic relations are the backbone of almost any ontology, semantic…

Στήριξη έργων λογοτεχνικής μετάφρασης

Στο πλαίσιο του υποπρογράμματος «Πολιτισμός» έχει ανακοινωθεί πρόσκληση για υποβολή προτάσεων «Στήριξης έργων λογοτεχνικής μετάφρασης». Η δράση εντάσσεται στο Πρόγραμμα «Δημιουργική Ευρώπη» και σύμφωνα με τη δημοσιευμένη πρόσκληση, έχει τις ακόλουθες προτεραιότητες: Στήριξη της προώθησης της μεταφρασμένης ευρωπαϊκής λογοτεχνίας. Ενθάρρυνση των μεταφράσεων από λιγότερο χρησιμοποιούμενες γλώσσες στα αγγλικά, γερμανικά, γαλλικά και ισπανικά (καστιλιάνικα). Ενθάρρυνση της μετάφρασης λιγότερο εκπροσωπούμενων ειδών, όπως έργων που απευθύνονται σε κοινό νεότερης ηλικίας (παιδιά, έφηβοι και νεαροί ενήλικες), βιβλίων κόμικς/εικονογραφημένων αφηγημάτων, σύντομων ιστοριών (νουβέλες) ή ποίησης. Ενθάρρυνση της προώθησης της κατάλληλης χρήσης ψηφιακών τεχνολογιών τόσο στη…

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the language of dystopia

By Chris Townsend George Orwell, who was born on the 25th of June, 1903, has never really fallen out favour with the reading public, but all the same his work is enjoying renewed interest at the moment. This is hardly surprising when you consider the adjective to which he lent his name: ‘Orwellian’, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘Characteristic or suggestive of the writings of George Orwell, esp. of the totalitarian state depicted in his dystopian account of the future, Nineteen Eighty-four’. It’s the dystopian part that feels so current – according…

Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang discovered

A Clockwork Orange author only managed entries for three letters and his abortive labours were thought to have gone for ever… The writer Anthony Burgess invented futuristic slang for his cult novel A Clockwork Orange and was so fascinated by the language of the street that he began work on a dictionary more than 50 years ago. Now his lost dictionary of slang, abandoned after several hundred entries covering three letters, has been discovered. The work had been hidden in a vast archive of his papers and possessions held by…