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20th EFNIL Conference, Ljubljana

The 20th Annual EFNIL Conference
 11th–13th October, 2023, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The European Federation of National Institutions for Language and 
ZRC SAZU (Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language) 
will host the two-day conference. 
The conference will take place from October 11th to 13th, 2023, and will be held as a live event only.

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General theme:
By the People, for the People:
Online Dictionaries, Language Portals, and the Role of Language Users


Preliminary Programme


Wednesday 11 October 

13.00–15.00 Arrival of guests, registration, sandwich and drink (Hotel Slon)

[14.30] Possibility of going to the venue together

15.00–17.00 EFNIL General Assembly (Atrij ZRC, Novi trg 2)

Social Program   

17.00-19.00 Organized Ljubljana Castle sightseeing (urban train) 

19.30 Gala event on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of EFNIL and the Škrabec foundation (Cankarjev dom, Trg republike) 

20.30 Reception buffet (Cankarjev dom)  


Thursday 12 October

Atrij ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2, Ljubljana

9.30-11.00 Opening session 

9.30/45-10.30 Welcome address

10.30-11.00 Gerhard Stickel: 20 Years of European Language Cooperation (invited speaker)


11.00-11.20 Coffee break


11.20-13.00 Thematic session1: Development of Language portals

11.20-11.50 Starkaður Barkarson: Language Portals, an overview (invited speaker)

11.50-12.10 Frida Steurs: The Dutch Language Institute: towards a comprehensive digital language infrastructure

12.10-12.30 Kristina Koppel: From online dictionaries to language infrastructure: developments in Estonia

12.30-13.00 Discussion


13.00-14.00 Lunch (catering, Novi trg 4)


14.00-16.00 Thematic session 2: Users involvement

14.00-14.30 Janoš Ježovnik: User-focused language resources in Slovenia: towards universal solutions (invited speaker)

14.30-14.50 Henna Leskelä: Renewing the Finnish database of guidelines

14.50-15.10 Cecilia Robustelli: The reaction of the Italian language to inclusive policies

15.10 -15.40 Discussion


15.40-16.00 Coffee break


16.00-17.00 Thematic session 3: Users involvement

16.00 -16.20 Maria Arapopoulou, Dimitrios Koutsogiannis: The dictionaries of the “Portal for the Greek Language” as designed and pedagogically recontextualized 

16.20-16.40 Janne Boye Niemelä: How to involve language users in language advice for Danish Sign Language

16.40-17.00 Discussion

Social Program

18.40 Walk to the conference dinner

19.00-22.00 Conference dinner at Švicarija restaurant, Pod turnom 4, Ljubljana

[20.00] Johan Van Hoorde: The history and the first years of EFNIL


Friday 13 October

Atrij ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2, Ljubljana

9.00-10.10 Thematic session 4: Resources for research

9.00-9.30 Darja Fišer: CLARIN: The Infrastructure for Language Resources (invited speaker)

9.30-9.50 Sabine Kirchmeier: Orthographic practices in Europe: results of an EFNIL survey

9.50-10.10 Discussion  

10.10-11.00 Thematic session 5: Resources for research (poster session)

10.10-11.00 Posters and (simultaneous) coffee break: 

Elena Isabelle Tamba: Romanian Linguistic and Lexicographic Resources in the Digital Age

Svetla Koeva: Online dictionaries and Dictionary portal of the Institute for Bulgarian Language

Alexandre Ecker: The Lëtzebuerger Online Dictionnaire, a linguistic Swiss Army knife

Magnus Ahltorp: Shrinking Lexin: Challenges of a Swedish second-language learner's dictionary on small screens

Ewa Rudnicka: Codification and rethinking the Polish language as a "native language" from the perspective of online dictionaries, language portals and selected social media profiles


11.00-11.40 EFNIL Master's Thesis Awards

12.00-12.20 Discussion

12.20-13.00 Concluding remarks and panel discussion (Kozma Ahačič, Sabine Kirchmeier)

Social program  

13.00-15.00 Lunch and cruise on board: the Ljubljana tourist boat, Ljubljanica river

(For delegates that have to leave before the end there will be a packed lunch available.) 

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