Lexical information in the TEI: modelling and markup (workshop)

Quite a while has passed since the rewrite of the chapter on Dictionaries in the TEI Guidelines, and many projects have since then adopted the new proposals. They have also generated some new discussion (e.g. in the case of the generalized usage of <cit> and <quote>) and are still in the process of getting refined (with the grammatical information section recently having become more compact). Requests for new features and improvement are continually processed by the TEI Council and discussed by the community in the GitHub tickets.

In the meantime, Subcommittee 4 of the ISO Technical Committee 37 has published its recommendations for the encoding of lexical databases (ISO LMF), accompanied by a serialization that hasn't become widespread in the field. The Subcommittee is in the process of revising the LMF, with an eye to both improvements in the model and to its TEI serialization, which, subject to the TEI Council's approval, might potentially yield a new version of the "Dictionaries" chapter.

The workshop, organized as an extension of the Linguistics SIG meeting on Tuesday, the 27th of September, 2016, will report on the history of lexical description in the TEI, the current state of the art, and the envisioned developments. An essential projected part of the workshop will be a discussion of the currently hottest topics (among others, the emerging serialization of ISO LMF in the TEI, its envisioned coverage, feature set, and the timeline/milestones for the expert/developer group).


The workshop will start at 2 pm and last until 5.30 pm, with a coffee break (15.30-16.00). 

The first part of the workshop will consist of presentations by Andreas Witt (an overview of the history of dictionary and terminological encoding in the TEI), Charly Mörth (a presentation of a current use case), and Laurent Romary (an overview of ISO LMF and the motivation for an update).

In the second part, we will have a structured discussion, moderated by Laurent Romary, concerning organizational and practical matters, focusing on the following points:

  • more coherent articulation and coordination of the activities of groups focusing on lexical description and encoding, active within TEI LingSIG, COST ENEL, ISO TC 37/SC 4/WG 4, DARIAH WG Lexical Resources, and within CLARIN; this can be expressible both in formal terms and by synchronisation and exchange within a common virtual space (Basecamp);
  • feedback and suggestions from the audience will be requested with respect to the upcoming update of ISO Lexical Markup Framework (ISO 24613:2008).


Workshop Organizing Committee:

Piotr Bański (IDS Mannheim)
Karlheinz Mörth (Austrian Academy of Sciences, University of Vienna)
Laurent Romary (INRIA)
Andreas Witt (IDS Mannheim, Heidelberg University)


This workshop will take place on 27 September 2016, 2 to 5.30 pm. If you would like to participate in this workshop, please register in ConfTool. If you are already registered for the conference, you can add workshops under "Edit Your Participant Registration Details".