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Full Title: Human Language Technologies for Language Learning

Short Title: HLT4LL
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Start Date: 11-Nov-2013 - 12-Nov-2013
Contact: Helmer Strik
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Meeting Description: Keynote Speakers:

Nick Ellis, Maxine Eskenazi, John Nerbonne, Mathias Schulze, Isabel Trancoso

Scope and Aim of the Symposium:

The HLT4LL 2013 symposium will address the possibilities and challenges of using human language technologies (HLT) for language learning (LL) (HLT4LL). We define HLT4LL as any use or integration of language and speech technology to structure, facilitate (support) and evaluate the language learning process. To fully acknowledge and address the complexity of this interdisciplinary domain, the symposium aims to bring together representatives from various but related research fields: language and speech technology, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics (learner and bilingual corpora), data-driven language learning, (second) language acquisition, language pedagogy, computer assisted language learning (CALL), educational technology, semantic web, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction (HCI/CHI), etc.

This symposium is intended to provide a state-of-the-art overview of this interdisciplinary domain for people from academia, educational institutions, industry, as well as for policymakers.

The symposium will consist of three parts:

1. 11 November: informative meeting for a general audience, including demonstrations of software;
2. 12 November: workshop for researchers, with keynote presentations by experts;
3. 12 November: a ‘round table’ of experts.

On 12 November, one can participate remotely through videoconferencing with Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and KU Leuven Kulak (Belgium).


The objectives of the HLT4LL symposium are:

1. to obtain an overview of the state-of-the-art of HLT for LL by bringing together experts;
2. to inform a broader audience on the state-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities of HLT-based LL;
3. to gather information on needs, requirements, and expectations and to receive feedback from the field on (the use of) current applications, possible ways of optimizing them and suggestions for future developments.

Registration and participation are free of charge.

If you want to register, send an email to Mention if you want to be present in Stellenbosch, Nijmegen or Kortrijk. The number of available places is limited, we thus might have to select.


Catia Cucchiarini & Helmer Strik (Centre for Language and Speech Technology, Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Frederik Cornillie & Piet Desmet (ITEC, KU Leuven Kulak & iMinds, Belgium)
Febe de Wet (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

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Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1942

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