First Action Conference

Exchange of knowledge of Action members (for example, ongoing national projects), identifying collaboration potential, facilitating inter- and intra-WG cohesion.The most important objective of the First TextLink Action meeting is to make the Action as “active” as possible! Therefore the focus will first and foremost be on improving and enhancing networking among the members of the many different research teams involved.The aim of the TextLink Action is to make theoretical and methodological progress in the fields of discourse and corpus annotation, more particularly of discourse structuring devices in no less than 20 different languages. All these languages vary in how discourse relations and structure are signaled, but they also have a number of principles in common. This appears from the many discourse-annotated corpora that are becoming available in individual languages (cf. outcome of the WG1 Meeting in Prague). But we have still some way to go to interconnect these resources by contrasting, comparing, putting together, discussing, arguing, agreeing and disagreeing. This is the program of the three days in Louvain-la-Neuve! It is our hope that by learning what is already available in some of the languages, what is sharable and what needs urgent development, we will make progress in our collaborative effort.

Action Conference
Liesbeth Degand
Monday, 26 January, 2015 to Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
Invited speakers: 
Prof. Maite Taboada and Prof. Andrew Kehler

The Monday morning session was dedicated to two plenary talks given by Prof. Maite Taboada and Prof. Andrew Kehler. The Monday afternoon session consisted of oral presentations by TextLink members undetaking collaborative research across different institutions / different working groups, as well as reports from short-term scientific missions (STSMs). Tuesday's sessions were run in the context of the working groups. In the morning, a joint poster session was held, for all 4 working groups. Following the poster session, working group breakout sessions were held. Wednesday was an opportunity for working groups to come together to report their discussions from Tuesday. The MC meeting took place from 10.30 to 13.00. Click here to see the full program, the presentations from the meeting and the outcomes of the working group sessions.

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