LINGUIST List 26.1023

Fri Feb 20 2015

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Lithuania

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 20-Feb-2015
From: Elena Volodina <>
Subject: 4th Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Computer-Assisted Language Learning
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Full Title: 4th Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Short Title: 4th NLP4CALL

Date: 11-May-2015 - 11-May-2015
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Contact Person: Elena Volodina
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2015

Meeting Description:

The workshop series on Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (NLP4CALL) is a meeting place for researchers working on the integration of Natural Language Processing and Speech Technologies in CALL systems and exploring the theoretical and methodological issues arising in this connection.

Invited Speaker:

It is our pleasure to announce that the invited speaker this year will be:

Eckhard Bick, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Program Committee:

- Lars Ahrenberg, Linköping University, Sweden
- Eckhard Bick, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Antonio Branco, University of Lisboa, Portugal
- Frederik Cornillie, KU Leuven Kulak, Belgium
- Piet Desmet, KU Leuven Kulak, Belgium
- Simon Dobnik, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Robert Eklund, Linköping University, Sweden
- Thomas Francois, UCLouvain, Belgium
- Katarina Heimann Mühlenbock, DART, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Sweden
- Kris Heylen, KU Leuven, Belgium
- Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Chris Koniaris, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Staffan Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Montse Maritxalar, University of the Basque Country, Spain
- Detmar Meurers, University of Tübingen, Germany
- Martí Quixal, University of Tübingen, Germany
- Martin Russell, University of Birmingham, UK
- Mathias Schulze, University of Waterloo, Canada
- Joel Tetreault, Yahoo! Labs, USA
- Trond Trosterud, Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway
- Cornelia Tschichold, Swansea University, UK
- Francis Tyers, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
- Elena Volodina, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Robert Östling, Stockholm University, Sweden

Workshop Organizers:

- Elena Volodina, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg (Organizing chair)
- Lars Borin, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg
- Ildikó Pilán, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg

Call for Papers:

Intersection of Natural Language Processing and Speech Technology, with Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) brings “understanding” of language to CALL tools, thus making CALL intelligent. This fact has given the name for this area of research – Intelligent CALL, ICALL. As the definition suggests, apart from having excellent knowledge of Natural Language Processing and/or Speech Technology, ICALL researchers need good insights into the second language acquisition (SLA) theories and practices, as well as knowledge of second language pedagogy and didactics. This workshop invites therefore all ICALL-relevant research, including studies where NLP-enriched tools are used for testing SLA and pedagogical theories, and vice versa, where SLA theories/pedagogical practices are modeled in ICALL tools.

This year we welcome papers:

- That describe research directly aimed at ICALL
- That demonstrate actual or discuss potential use of existing Speech Technologies, 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 ICALL-relevant corpora; developing tools and algorithms for readability analysis, selecting optimal corpus examples, etc.
- That discuss challenges and/or research agenda for ICALL
- We are also interested in software demonstrations

We especially invite submissions describing the above-mentioned themes for the Nordic languages.

Submission Information:

We will be using Nodalida 2015 template for the workshop this year. Authors are invited to submit papers between 7 and 14 pages of content, excluding title, abstract, references and author affiliations. Only pdf files will be accepted. Submissions will be managed through the electronic conference management system EasyChair. Final camera-ready versions of accepted papers will be given an additional page to address reviewer comments.

Papers should describe original unpublished work or work-in-progress. Every paper will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''. Submissions will be judged on appropriateness, clarity, originality/innovativeness, correctness/soundness, meaningful comparison, significance and impact of ideas or results.

All accepted papers will be collected into a proceedings volume to be submitted for publication in the NEALT Proceeding Series (Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings) and, additionally, double-published through ACL anthology, following experiences from the 3rd NLP4CALL.

Important Dates:

- 16 February: Second call for papers
- 16 March: Final call for papers
- 26 March: Paper submission deadline
- 20 April: Notification of acceptance
- 27 April: Camera-ready papers for publication
- 11 May: Workshop date

For Further Information:

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