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Essential Speech and Language Technology for Dutch

Results by the STEVIN-programme

  • Bundles contributions of almost all the HLT research groups in Flanders and the Netherlands

  • An overview of more than a decade of joint R&D effort in the Low Countries on HLT for Dutch

  • An exemplary way of how to protect the interests of a medium (or smaller) sized language in the modern information and communication society?

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. HLT-Technology Related Papers

    1. Parse and Corpus-Based Machine Translation

      • Vincent Vandeghinste, Scott Martens, Gideon Kotzé, Jörg Tiedemann, Joachim Van den Bogaert, Koen De Smet et al.
      Pages 305-319Open Access
  2. HLT Application Related Papers

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 321-321
    2. Development and Integration of Speech Technology into COurseware for Language Learning: The DISCO Project

      • Helmer Strik, Joost van Doremalen, Jozef Colpaert, Catia Cucchiarini
      Pages 323-338Open Access
    3. Question Answering of InformativeWeb Pages: How Summarisation Technology Helps

      • Jan De Belder, Daniël de Kok, Gertjan van Noord, Fabrice Nauze, Leonoor van der Beek, Marie-Francine Moens
      Pages 339-357Open Access
    4. Generating, Refining and Using Sentiment Lexicons

      • Maarten de Rijke, Valentin Jijkoun, Fons Laan, Wouter Weerkamp, Paul Ackermans, Gijs Geleijnse
      Pages 359-377Open Access
  3. And Now

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 379-379
    2. The Dutch-Flemish HLT Agency: Managing the Lifecycle of STEVIN’s Language Resources

      • Remco van Veenendaal, Laura van Eerten, Catia Cucchiarini, Peter Spyns
      Pages 381-394Open Access
    3. Conclusions and Outlook to the Future

      • Jan Odijk
      Pages 395-404Open Access
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 405-413

About this book

The book provides an overview of more than a decade of joint R&D efforts in the Low Countries on HLT for Dutch. It not only presents the state of the art of HLT for Dutch in the areas covered, but, even more importantly, a description of the resources (data and tools) for Dutch that have been created  are now  available for both academia and industry worldwide.

The contributions cover many areas of human language technology (for Dutch): corpus collection (including IPR issues) and building (in particular one corpus aiming at a collection of 500M word tokens), lexicology, anaphora resolution, a semantic network, parsing technology, speech recognition, machine translation, text (summaries) generation, web mining, information extraction, and text to speech to name the most important ones.

The book also shows how a medium-sized language community (spanning two territories) can create a digital language infrastructure (resources, tools, etc.) as a basis for subsequent R&D. At the same time, it bundles contributions of almost all the HLT research groups in Flanders and the Netherlands, hence offers a view of their recent research activities.

Targeted readers are mainly researchers in human language technology, in particular those focusing on Dutch. It concerns researchers active in larger networks such as the CLARIN, META-NET, FLaReNet and participating in conferences such as ACL, EACL, NAACL, COLING, RANLP, CICling, LREC, CLIN and DIR ( both in the Low Countries), InterSpeech, ASRU, ICASSP, ISCA, EUSIPCO, CLEF, TREC, etc. In addition, some chapters are interesting for human language technology  policy makers and even for science policy makers in general.


  • 68T50, 68T10, 91F20, 68T30, 03B65
  • R&D programme for Dutch
  • digital linguistic infrastructure
  • human language technology
  • language policy for a medium sized language
  • machine learning


From the book reviews:

“The book offers an impressive documentation of transnational joint research and development in language and speech technology from the past decade, that has been characterized by international reviewers as a front-running, exemplary effort. … it is a must-read for prospective BLARK developers, HLT resource centers, and language unions everywhere … .” (Antal van den Bosch, Machine Translation, Vol. 28, 2014)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Nederlandse Taalunie, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Peter Spyns

  • UiL-OTS University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Jan Odijk

About the editors

Dr. Peter Spyns works for the Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation on innovation policy preparation, including human language technology and digital heritage. He is part-time seconded to the Dutch Language Union where he coordinated the STEVIN programme, supervises the HLT Agency, and participates in CLARIN-ERIC committees. Previously, he worked in academia and industry on medical language processing, ontology modelling and dialogue systems.

Prof. Dr. Jan Odijk is professor of Language and Speech Technology at Utrecht University. Previously, he worked more than 23 years in language and speech technology industry, both in the Netherlands and in Flanders. His current research focuses on infrastructures for humanities researchers that include language and speech technology services.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Essential Speech and Language Technology for Dutch

  • Book Subtitle: Results by the STEVIN-programme

  • Editors: Peter Spyns, Jan Odijk

  • Series Title: Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2013

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-642-30909-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-42992-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-30910-6

  • Series ISSN: 2192-032X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2192-0338

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 413

  • Number of Illustrations: 50 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Computational Linguistics, Germanic Languages, Artificial Intelligence

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)