The committee of the XII Encontro de Linguística de Corpus-ELC (The 12th Corpus Linguistics Symposium) invites scholars on Linguistics, Computer Science, Historical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Information Science, and other Corpus Linguistics-related fields to submit their papers of concluded research or of studies in progress in that multidisciplinary area. The 12th ELC will be held from November 6th to November 7th, 2014 at the Instituto de Letras e Linguística – ILEEL (Institute of Literature and Linguistics), at the Universidade Federal de Uberlândua – UFU (Federal University of Uberlandia), Campus Santa Mônica (Santa Mônica Campus), immediately after the VII Escola Brasileira de Linguística Computacional – EBRALC (VII Brazilian School of Computational Linguistics), which is to be held from November 4th to November 5th, 2014.


This year’s ELC intends to address the theme “Corpus, technology and culture”. In Brazil, despite significant advances in the last decade, studies and research results in these areas still require visibility because they have been developed only in some universities, restricting their recognition to some areas of Computer Science and Linguistics. The event aims to show, by fostering contributions among these areas, how Brazilian society can get benefits, either by concrete products which serve immediate purposes, or by the financial aid provided for research on language that leads to a series of contemporary reflections.


1st EBRALC’s main goal - inspired by the 1st Linguateca Summer School, held in Porto, Portugal, in 2006 - was to make Corpus Linguistics and Natural Language Processing principles accessible to a wider and multidisciplinary audience, not only familiarizing it with concepts and approaches related to the construction and exploration of corpora, the treatment of the lexicon in its various forms (dictionaries, glossaries, ontologies) and automatic translation, but also offering it the opportunity to have practical experience in these areas. Unlike the previous event in São Carlos, this version of EBRALC emphasizes the need of linguists to familiarize themselves with computational studies developed in linguistics, so that we can get a better understanding of the methodology applied in our research.


Following the trend of the previous event, there are different modes in which papers may be submitted: a) concluded research, with significant results, will be presented as oral communication or poster, at the discretion of the Scientific Committee, although they will be submitted in the same format (short papers), and b) research in progress, submitted as abstracts, will be first presented in plenary, in what is called "one-minute insanity" (that is, a one-minute talk about one slide). Afterward, using their own laptops, presenters will share their research results with interested parties.


Finally, we wish to point out that there are no parallel sessions at these symposia, a fact that has ensured an extensive and fruitful interaction among participants.