"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
This workshop provides an opportunity for a discussion and exchange of ideas on multidisciplinary research in academia by bringing together technologies from different sub-areas of speech, language technologies, learning sciences and education. For example, computational technologies like concordancing, text alignment, morphological processing, syntactic parsing, speech recognition and speech synthesis help in illustrating linguistic structures, providing varied exercise material and identifying and correcting errors of foreign/second language learners. Similarly, speech tools have many applications in helping the differently challenged learners.