UniDive – Universality, diversity and idiosyncrasy in language technology


  • Project identification: Universality, diversity and idiosyncrasy in language technology (UniDive) [COST Action 21167]
  • Coordination: Agata Savary (Université Paris-Saclay)
  • Responsible at CLUNL: Raquel Amaro (Lexicology, Lexicography and Terminology group)
  • Duration: Sep. 2022 – Sep. 2026
  • Funding entity: European Science Foundation
  • Keywords: natural language processing; language universals; diversity; idiosyncrasy; language resources and tools
  • Website: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA21167/


The UniDive Action takes two original stands on this challenge. Firstly, it aims at embracing both inter- and intra-language diversity, i.e. a diversity understood both in terms of the differences among the existing languages and of the variety of linguistic phenomena exhibited within a language. Secondly, UniDive does not assume that linguistic diversity is to be protected against technological progress but strives for both of these aims jointly, to their mutual benefit. Its approach is to: (i) pursue NLP-applicable universality of terminologies and methodologies, (ii) quantify inter- and intra-linguistic diversity, (iii) boost and coordinate universality- and diversity-driven development of language resources and tools. UniDive builds upon previous experience of European networks and projects which provided a proof of concept for language modelling and processing, unified across many languages but preserving their diversity. The main benefits of the Action will include, on the theoretical side, a better understanding of language universals, and on the practical side, language resources and tools covering, in a unified framework, a bigger variety of language phenomena in a large number of languages, including low-resourced and endangered ones.

(Retrieved from the COST Action website)

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