Lexicography and CEFR: Linking lexicographic resources and language proficiency levels


The workshop “Lexicography and CEFR: Linking lexicographic resources and language proficiency levels” will be held in conjunction with eLex 2023 in Brno, Czech Republic, on 29 June 2023 afternoon.

The focus is lexicographic projects connected with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The main objectives are to examine approaches and methods used for linking lexicographic data and language proficiency levels and to discuss strategies for converging lexicographic resources with CEFR-based language learning programs. 

CEFR is a generally established international standard for describing language proficiency, and CEFR-graded resources have been developed for many languages in Europe. However, incorporating their information is still not a general practice in modern lexicography for most languages, except for two English dictionaries for advanced learners (Cambridge and Oxford). Moreover, there are substantial unsolved issues, such as inconsistencies in vocabulary size per level between languages; no, or limited, sense disambiguation in CEFR resources; ​words from a higher CEFR level in definitions and example sentences; and limited collaboration among the related fields of lexicography, language acquisition, and linguistic linked data. 


The workshop will feature an overview by the organizers as well as invited talks. In addition, we invite submissions for papers (25 minutes, including discussion) on the following topics:

  • the creation of CEFR-graded lexicographic resources 
  • the implementation of vocabulary and grammar profiles in lexicographic resources 
  • the creation of crosslingual concept-based CEFR resource​s
  • the use of lexicographic resources for creating language proficiency-level learning applications and tools
  • the use of CEFR-graded lexicographic resources in CALL 
  • the linking of lexicographic resources to CEFR-graded vocabularies
  • data collection for creating CEFR-graded lexicographic resources 

Submission and Dates

Abstracts including 300-500 words should be submitted by 15 February 2023 via Indico. Please add ‘Lexicography and CEFR’ to the list of keywords and choose the right track when submitting your abstract.

Notification of acceptance will be made by 22 February 2023.

The authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit a full paper for the Elex 2023 proceedings (indexed by SCOPUS).

Paper submissions will be due by 31 March and acceptance notification will be made by 15 April 2023.

Organizers and Contact

Kris Heylen. Dutch Language Institute
Jelena Kallas. Institute of the Estonian Language (jelena.kallas@eki.ee)
Ilan Kernerman. Lexicala by K Dictionaries
Carole Tiberius. Dutch Language Institute​ (carole.tiberius@ivdnt.org)