The Conference is the 26th in an annual series. The first Conference (Colloque européen sur le lexique
et la grammaire comparés des langues romanes) was organised by Alain Guillet
and Nunzio La Fauci in Palermo in September 1981.
In parallel with these Conferences,
European (and later non-European)
research teams have been constructing large-scale linguistic knowledge bases and corpora.
Over more than 25 years, it has become
progressively clear that these resources could usefully support computer applications for the processing of written text.