[Corpora-List] 2nd Call for Papers: workshop on NLP in computer-assisted language learning

Elena Volodina elena.volodina at svenska.gu.se
Thu Aug 16 15:29:45 CEST 2012

2nd Call for Papers: workshop on NLP in computer-assisted language learning

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

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 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 dot volodina at

svenska dot gu dot 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

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 dot borin at svenska dot gu dot se, elena dot volodina at svenska dot gu dot se

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