• Cultural and creative industries
  • Digital World and Robotics
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management

Knowledge, Texts, Language (STL)

Research unit - UMR 8163


The STL laboratory is an inter-disciplinary research unit, gathering philologists, philosophers, historians of science and linguists. Our research teams share a common interest in language, form, meaning and knowledge. We have extensive expertise in Automatic Language Processing, annotation of structured linguistic data (e.g., oral, discourse analysis), design of electronic lexicographic materials, and translation (e.g., specialized translation).


  • Ruth Webb


Rue du Barreau
Campus Pont-de-Bois, Université de Lille


Knowledge, Texts, Language


Effectif total : 160

Personnel de recherche : 75



• Communicated meaning (conditions, elaboration, formal representations)
• Production of meaning
• Objectification of meaning
• Philosophy
• Linguistic
• Ancient philosophy
• Contemporary philosophy
• Automatic translation
• Corpus study
• Didactic
• Philosophy of Science
• Rhetoric
• Evolution of languages
• Speech Analysis
• Automatic Language Processing
• Digital edition

Example(s) of projects

• Food / drug interaction detection 🡭
• Simplification of medical language, ANR project "Communication, Literacy, Education, Accesibility, Readability" (CLEAR) 🡭
• Linguistic support for migrant audiences in the Lille metropolitan area 🡭
• Campus France project "Bases de données grammaticales en LSF et en LSFB" 🡭

Example(s) of publications

• Muhammad Iqbal, Shahid Rahman. Arsyad Al-Banjari's Dialectical Model for Integrating Indonesian Traditional Uses into Islamic Law: Arguments on Manyanggar, Mambuang Pasilih and Lahang. Argumentation, Springer Verlag, 2021, 35 (1), pp.73-99. ⟨10.1007/s10503-020-09526-y⟩ 🡭
• Ilse Depraetere, Sofie Decock, Nicolas Ruytenbeek. Linguistic (in)directness in twitter complaints: A contrastive analysis of railway complaint interactions. Journal of Pragmatics, Elsevier, 2021, 171, pp.215-233. ⟨10.1016/j.pragma.2020.09.026⟩ 🡭
• Rogelio Nazar, Antonio Balvet, Gabriela Ferraro, Rafael Marin, Irene Renau. Pruning and repopulating a lexical taxonomy: experiments in Spanish, English and French. Journal of Intelligent Systems, Walter de Gruyter, 2020, 30 (1), pp.376-394. ⟨10.1515/jisys-2020-0044⟩ 🡭
• Angèle Brunellière, Laurence Delrue, Cyril Auran. The contribution of audiovisual speech to lexical-semantic processing in natural spoken sentences. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 2020, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 35 (6), pp.694-711. ⟨10.1080/23273798.2019.1641612⟩ 🡭
• Clément Dalloux, Vincent Claveau, Natalia Grabar, Lucas Oliveira, Claudia Cabral Moro, et al.. Supervised learning for the detection of negation and of its scope in French and Brazilian Portuguese biomedical corpora. Natural Language Engineering, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2020, ⟨10.1017/S1351324920000352⟩ 🡭

Discover the full list of publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

MESHS, Centre Michel Foucault, CHRU Lille, Université d'Artois, Espace de Réflexion Éthique Régional, Opéra de Lille
Consortium CORLI (Corpus, Langues, Interactions) : https://corli.huma-num.fr/

Ghent University (Belgium), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Geneva (Switzerland), ULB (Belgium), University of Liège (Belgium), KU Leuven (Belgium), PUCV Valparaiso (Chile)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Medasys, Vidal, Synapse, Antidot, IGN, Auzou, Le Robert, Alicante, Ergonotics, Innovélan, APIL (Association des Professionnels des Industries de la Langue)

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • IT / software
  • Health / wellness
  • Art / Culture
  • Education / Training
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Lexicographic works
• Textual data processing
• Simplification of technical text
• Access and processing of scientific data
• Support for newcomers and refugees (language learning)
• Creation of lexicons

Training offers

Lexicography and XML training, Automatic Language Processing

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


We do not offer access to any equipment.


Affiliated institutions / organisations


LACTO - Logique, Argumentation et Cognition dans les Traditions Orales
TaFaC - Travailler avec Foucault : approches contemporaines


Doctoral schools

Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Cultural and creative industries
    • Applications, outreach and cognitive sciences
    • Content production: audiovisual, video game, museum...
    • New ways of learning
    • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D and 360° Interaction
  • Digital World and Robotics
    • Artificial intelligence, image processing, data science
    • Engineering, software design, open source software
    • Robotics, cobotics, Human-Machine interaction
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
    • Digital transformation, organizational agility, digital social inclusion
    • Societal issues, employment, inclusion, social innovation