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LINGUIST List 23.3444

Thu Aug 16 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition/Sweden

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 16-Aug-2012
From: Elena Volodina <elena.volodinasvenska.gu.se>
Subject: Workshop on NLP in Computer-assisted Language Learning
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Full Title: Workshop on NLP in Computer-assisted Language Learning

Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 25-Oct-2012
Location: Lund, Sweden
Contact Person: Elena Volodina
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/Research/A%20System%20Architecture%20for%20ICALL/SLTC%20workshop%202012/nlp-computer-assisted-language-learning

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 10-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

The workshop is organized as a part of SLTC, the 4th Swedish Language Technology Conference, which takes place on 24-26 October 2012 in Lund, Sweden. The workshop will be held on October 25, 2012. Details about the conference can be found at http://nlp.cs.lth.se/events/sltc_2012/.

Workshop Organisation:

There will be an invited speaker (Hrafn Loftsson, Reykjavik University, Iceland) as well as regular (short) talks.

Details on place and time are provided at the conference website:

http://nlp.cs.lth.se/events/sltc_2012/workshops/

Workshop Organizers:

Lars Borin, Elena Volodina, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg; lars.borin[]svenska.gu.se, elena.volodina[]svenska.gu.se

Call for Papers:

Learning and teaching languages with the assistance of a computer, i.e. computer-assisted language learning (CALL), has become widespread since the early 1980s. Traditional CALL applications provide limited exercise types, along with limited ability to provide feed-back, because the exercises are static, i.e. pre-programmed, and the answers have to be pre-stored.

To try to overcome this disadvantage, some researchers have started to use techniques from the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in CALL system, i.e. supplying CALL applications with some kind of intelligence. As a result, the interdisciplinary field of Intelligent CALL (ICALL), i.e. combining NLP and CALL, has emerged over the past 20 years or so.

There is an array of NLP resources and tools potentially available for re-use in ICALL applications for Swedish as well as for many other languages equipped with NLP tools and resources, but this opportunity has so far remained relatively underdeveloped.

We welcome papers:

- that describe research directly aimed at ICALL;
- that demonstrate actual or discuss potential use of existing NLP tools or resources for language learning;
- that describe ongoing development of resources and tools with potential usage in ICALL, either directly in interactive applications, or indirectly in materials, application or curriculum development, e.g. collecting and annotating learner corpora; developing tools and algorithms for readability analysis, selecting optimal corpus examples, etc.

We especially invite submissions describing work on Swedish or other Nordic languages.

Papers should be a maximum of 8-10 pages long (excluding title, references and author affiliations) and follow the ACL template at http://www.acl2011.org/authors.shtml. Only pdf files are accepted.

Every paper will be reviewed by 2 members of the program committee. All accepted papers will be published in the NEALT Proceeding Series. Authors of the accepted papers will have to sign an agreement with NEALT publishers.

Important Dates:

10 September: Paper submission by email to elena.volodina[]svenska.gu.se
1 October: Notification of acceptance
22 October: Camera-ready papers for publication

Program Committee:

Detmar Meurers, University of Tübingen, Germany
Elena Volodina, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Hrafn Loftsson, Reykjavik University, Iceland
Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ola Knutsson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds, UK
Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden



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