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BATMULT will provide research training in the area of multilingual language resources and knowledge tools. This implies an interdisciplinary area of study and research where linguistic knowledge is coupled to advanced information technology. From the linguistic side, it is important to have insights in structures and mechanisms pertaining to the comparative study of languages, for instance, the translational correspondence of word meanings appearing in lexical relations (ambiguity, homonymy, polysemy, etc). From the information processing side, it is important to derive formal methods for processing linguistic content, for instance, by automatically and objectively computing such translational correspondences and lexical relations from parallel text corpora. Research on language knowledge tools is dependent not only on advanced algorithms for information processing, but also crucially on linguistic information gathered and coded in language resources, such as text corpora and concordances. This again raises other research issues, such as those pertaining to text coding, annotation and standardization.

Research training will be provided in the following more detailed areas: 

(a) Multilingual resources:

* term banks;
* large-scale corpora (including parallel corpora and speech corpora); 
* large-scale parallel grammar development; 
* large-scale lexicon development; 
* word nets, thesauri and semantic mirrors; 
* text coding, annotation and standards for resources. 

(b) Multilingual knowledge tools:

* machine translation and multilingual transfer assessment; 
* multilingual lexical semantics; 
* language production systems; 
* language learning tools; 
* editorial support tools. 

Methodologically, the research training will be based on accepted and well-proven research methods; these will be complemented by the integration of new advanced approaches, especially research techniques based on statistics, language learning and adaptation, including neural networks. In addition to high level competence, attention is paid to practical research skills to be transferred, such as problem solving, programming, and the use of corpora and other language data.

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