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.

WHEN: 29 June 2023 afternoon

WHERE: the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University (a 15-minute walk from Hotel Passage – the eLex conference venue)

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

Workshop programme 29 June 2023

14.00-14.10 Welcome and introduction
14.10-14.50 Keynote: CEFR-J x 28 for lexicographical resource development, Yukio Tono
14.50-15.10 CEFR classified Arabic vocabulary list, Nouran Khallaf, Rasha Soliman, Serge Sharoff
15.10-15.30 Basic vocabulary for teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language (levels A2-B1): Comparing the data from “Yabluko” manual and Oral Subcorpus of GRAC, Yulia Andriyishy, Olena Synchak
15.30-15.50 Building a CEFR-Labeled Core Vocabulary and Developing a Lexical Resource for Slovenian as a Second and Foreign Language, Matej Klemen, Špela Arhar Holdt, Senja Pollak, Iztok Kosem, Mihaela Knez, Eva Pori
15.50-16.20 coffee break
16.20-16.40 Crowdsourcing ratings for single lexical items: A core vocabulary perspective, Elena Volodina, David Alfter, Theresa Lindström Tiedemann
16.40-17.00 Dictionary skills and the CEFR, Mari Carmen Campoy-Cubillo
17.00-17.20 Lexicons for complexity analysis, Raquel Amaro, Susana Correia
17.20-18.00 Discussion “An infrastructure for lexicography and CEFR”

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 21 April, acceptance notification will be made by 5 May, and the final version of the accepted full papers will be due by 19 May 2023. The guidelines for paper submissions can be found at the eLex website: https://elex.link/elex2023/instructions-for-papers/

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)