Normalising data of non-standard varieties


Friday, 2nd December 2011

10:15-13:00 in Room SOE-E-002 (see maps below)

1st meeting of the SNF project partners (for partners of the project "SMS communication in Switzerland" only).
(Sandwiches for lunch)
13:15-18:30 in Room KOL-H-312 (see maps below): Workshop Normalising data of non-standard varieties
13:15 Address of Welcome to all workshop participants (Marianne Hundt)
13:30 Elisabeth Stark / Charlotte Meisner / Beni Ruef: The Swiss SMS corpus
14:00 Elvira Glaser / Anne Göhring / Agnes Kolmer: The spoken Swiss German corpus of the ARCHIMOB project
14:30 Coffee break
14:45 Alistair Baron: The normalisation tool VARD2
15:15 Achim Stein: The Syntactic Reference Corpus of Medieval French (SRCMF)
15:45 Break
16:00 Discussion / round table with speakers and other experts (moderator: Martin Volk)
Normalisation problems: challenges, experiences and solutions
18:30 End of discussion
19:30 Dinner (Chässtube Rehalp, Forchstrasse 359, Tel. 044 381 01 80)
Saturday, 3rd December 2011

9:30-12:00 Group sessions
Group "Swiss German" in Room KO2-F-152
9:30 Input talk Y. Scherrer; 10:00 Demo OrthoNormal (W. Schütte / J. Winterscheid); 10:15 Demo Falko / ANNIS2 (A. Lüdeling)
Group "French" in Room KO2-F-155
9:30 Input talk Amélie Cougnon
Group "Italian / Rhaeto-Romance" in Room KO2-F-175
9:30 Input talk Jürgen Rolshoven

12:00 Lunch at Jimmy's Pizzeria (Culmannstrasse 1, Tel. 044 251 36 51)
13:30 Group sessions (continuation)
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 Plenary session in Room KO2-F-175 (moderator: Gerold Schneider)
16:00 Leave-taking

This workshop is financially supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Experts invited by the Zurich Center for Linguistics (ZüKL):

Baron, Alistair (Lancaster University)

Durrell, Martin (Manchester University)

Lüdeling, Anke (Humboldt Universität Berlin)

Scherrer, Yves (Université Genève)

Schütte, Wilfried (IDS Mannheim)

Schwarz, Christian (Freie Universität Bozen)

Stein, Achim (Universität Stuttgart) Winterscheid,

Jenny (IDS Mannheim)

ZüKL-members involved in normalisation projects:

Dürscheid, Christa (UZH)

Glaser, Elvira (UZH)

Hausendorf, Heiko (UZH)

Hundt, Marianne (UZH)

Schneider, Gerold (UZH)

Stark, Elisabeth (UZH)

Volk, Martin (UZH)

"SMS communication” project partners attending the first meeting (and the workshop):

Béguelin, Marie-José (Université Neuchâtel)

Dürscheid, Christa (UZH)

Grünert, Matthias (UZH)

Meisner, Charlotte (UZH)

Moretti, Bruno (Universität Bern)

Pekarek Doehler, Simona (Université Neuchâtel)

Ruef, Beni (UZH)

Siebenhaar, Beat (Universität Leipzig)

Staehli, Adrian (Universität Bern)

Stark, Elisabeth (UZH)

Ueberwasser, Simone (UZH)

“SMS communication” cooperation partners attending the workshop:

Casoni, Matteo (OLSI Bellinzona)

Cougnon, Louise Amélie (Université catholique de Louvain)

Rolshoven, Jürgen (Universität Köln)

Organizing committee:

Alexandra Bünzli, Anne Göhring, Agnes Kolmer, Charlotte Meisner, Beni Ruef, Gerold Schneider, Simone Ueberwasser

Internet connectivity at the conference


The University of Zurich is part of the eduroam (education roaming) network. eduroam was developed to allow secure, world-wide roaming access services for the international research and education community.  Students, researchers and staff from participating institutions can "obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop." (

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You need to configure your device only exactly once, as instructed to by your home institution. The configuration instructions are specific for your institution. It is not helpful to follow configuration instructions of other institutions. This means you best configure your device before your departure. For more information please read the eduroam-FAQ or contact your local IT staff.

Conference Internet Accounts

We have arranged Conference Internet Accounts for participants who don't have access to the UZH network. You have received an E-Mail from Agnes Kolmer with the Event-ID you have to submit. Please enter the Event-ID and follow the instructions provided at this website:
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Directions: Hotel Scheuble - conference venue

These directions will lead you to one of the entrances of the main building of the University of Zurich. It is a short 6 minutes walk. The main entrance of the University is located on the far side of the building (eastern side, by the half round dome).

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Directions: Hotel Plattenhof - conference venue

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Site maps

Friday morning, 2nd December 2011: meeting "SMS communication" project partners only!
Room SOE-E-002 Schönberggasse 11

Friday afternoon and Saturday: Rooms in building KOL and KO2; Rämistrasse 71

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