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Terminology and Knowledge Engineering Conference Berlin

19 – 21 June

11th International conference
DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.

SATURDAY | June 21st | FULL DAY WORKSHOP

Language Codes at the Crossroads

Do you use language codes? Do you even know the answer to this question?
Do you use a mobile computing device or phone? Do you access the Internet?
Do you use a library or search for information using any kind of search engine?
Do you register your kids in school and indicate your family language?
Do you write software or books or create any work that involves language in any way?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you use language codes, but you probably never give it a moment’s thought.

ISO language codes are administered by a Joint Working Group involving two different technical committees as well as four different Registration Authorities, and are implemented by a wide range of collaborators (W3C, IETF, UNICODE, etc.).

Given their extensive use and the numerous communities of practice involved, the codes reflect many different needs and have been bent to reflect both linguistic considerations and political, historical, and pragmatic computing realities. Even the very notions of language, dialect, variety, and family are not easily defined in an in light of current paradigm shifts. Needs for great stability on the Web are balanced against a demand for greater linguistic accuracy in a dynamically changing global communications scene.

This workshop is being designed to address a number of issues:
  • To educate users and non-experts in the basic principles and issues underlying the codes;
  • To explore an evolving paradigm for defining language varieties;
  • To clarify the needs of stakeholders with a strong vested interest in the current configuration of the codes;
  • To elicit as yet unidentified needs that are not currently being met by either the current codes or by proposed changes in the system.

9.00

Registration

9.20

Opening

Christian Galinski: International Information Centre for Terminology (Austria) | technical committee TC 37 of the International Organization for Standardization (Austria)

9.30

Introductory lecture: Language Codes and Language Tags PDF

Sue Ellen Wright: Kent State University (USA)

10.00

Coffee break

10.30

Terminology and language aspects in language coding PDF

Gary Simons: SIL (USA)

10.50

Discussion

11.00

Language codes in librarianship and documentation PDF

Christiane Maibach: German National Library, Frankfurt (Germany)

11.20

Discussion

11.30

Information and communication technology needs wrt language codes PDF

Peter Constable: Unicode Consortium (USA)

11.50

Discussion

12.00

Current research in the field of language documentation PDF

Sebastian Drude: MPI, Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

12.20

Discussion

12.30

Lunch break

13.30

Distinction criteria between languages and various kinds of language varieties

Round-robin brainstorming session °1

13.50

Language coding or language name coding

Round-robin brainstorming session °2

14.10

New dimensions of language codes for ICT and in the Internet

Round-robin brainstorming session °3

14.30

Coffee break

15.00

Presentation of results of Rounds °1-3

16.00

General Discussion