International Workshop on Asian Language Resources

21–24 April 2017 | Nanning, Guangxi, China



The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a key initiative in China’s National Thirteenth Five-Year Strategic Plan. This “outgoing” national development initiative was first put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. The primary objective of the BRI is to connect China with the economies of Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa to enhance regional competitiveness and promote sustainable economic growth. To achieve these goals, key stakeholders in different economies along the Belt and Road need to be closely interconnected through the Internet, which is also the channel for facilitating cross-border e-business. However, uneven capacities in different economies along the information highway will lead to the problem of a digital divide, which in turn will inevitably seriously hinder business development in the BRI. To overcome this problem, China and her BRI partners must design effective information policies to optimize the flow of information along the BRI.


The objective of this international workshop was to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners of natural language processing (NLP) and computational linguistics (CL) to discuss language resource (LR) issues such as a parallel corpus, corpus labelling, thesauruses and lexicons, standards, LR acquisition, LR sharing, OCR, TTS, multi-lingual translation, and others.


The five invitation-only report sessions were aimed at facilitating academic exchanges. These sessions engaged 12 presenters from seven countries. This language workshop on boosting the BRI’s digital economy was the first of its kind. The discussions that took place in this workshop may well help to lay a foundation for language policies to enable information to flow effectively among the economies of the Belt and Road.


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