Second and Final CFP for the CALICO'08 Pre-Conference Workshop on
Automatic Analysis of Learner Language:
Bridging Foreign Language Teaching Needs and NLP Possibilities
March 18 or 19, 2008. University of San Francisco.
Submission Deadline: November 19, 2007
Natural Language Processing has long been used to automatically analyze language produced by language learners. While much interesting research has been reported, it is difficult to determine the state of the art for such automatic analyses of learner language. For example, which error types and other language properties can be detected and diagnosed automatically? How reliably is this done, for which kind of learner language?
These questions seem worth exploring given that for sustained progress in the automatic analysis of learner language it arguably is essential to discuss and compare the performance of different analysis methods, preferably on identical, real-life data sets. As a prerequisite, it also is important to come to an agreement on the error types and other learner language properties that are useful and realistic to analyze.
These issues are not only relevant to NLP in Intelligent CALL but also intersect in important ways with the research on learner corpora, the annotation schemes developed for those, and the related Second Language Acquisition research.
In this workshop, we want to bring together researchers working on the analysis of learner language in the broad sense, including work on annotation schemes for learner corpora and NLP techniques used to detect learner errors and other learner language properties. We invite abstracts addressing these general issues, including but not limited to:
- Which properties of learner language are useful and relevant to
obtain for Foreign Language Teaching and current Second Language
- What annotation scheme or (error) taxonomy is appropriate for this
and how do different annotation schemes compare?
- How reliably can errors and other properties of learner language
be obtained automatically given the current state-of-the art in
- What is the impact of the specific properties of learner language
on the (re)use of NLP technology? How does it impact performance
and the potential use of such technology in foreign language
- Which annotated learner language corpora have been used or could
be used to evaluate the performance of different approaches to
analyzing learner language?
We invite submissions of anonymous two page abstracts in an email with the abstract as a pdf attachment. Name, affiliation, and email address should only be included in the text of the email, not in the abstract in the pdf attachment.
Send submissions to: calico-workshop at ling.osu.edu Submission Deadline: November 19
Workshop Website: http://purl.org/net/calico-workshop
The workshop is organized by the ICALL Special Interest Group of CALICO, currently chaired by Detmar Meurers (Ohio State University) and Anne Rimrott (Simon Fraser University).
Questions on the event? Contact us at calico-workshop at ling.osu.edu