7th Workshop on NLP4CALL, SLTC 2018
SLTC<http://sltc2018.su.se/>, Stockholm, Sweden, 7 November, 2018
Workshop website: https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/icall/7th-nlp4call Twitter: @NLP4CALL
Description of the workshop
The workshop series on Natural Language Processing 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. The latter includes, among others, insights from Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research, on the one hand, and promote development of “Computational SLA” through setting up Second Language research infrastructure(s), on the other.
The intersection of Natural Language Processing (or Language Technology / Computational Linguistics) 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 second language acquisition theories and practices, as well as knowledge of second language pedagogy and didactics. This workshop invites therefore a wide range of 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 or empirical data are modeled in ICALL tools.
The NLP4CALL workshop series is aimed at bringing together competences from these areas for sharing experiences and brainstorming around the future of the field.
We welcome papers:
- that describe research directly aimed at ICALL;
- that demonstrate actual or discuss the potential use of existing Language and Speech Technologies or resources for language learning;
- that describe the 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. learning material generation, assessment of learner texts/responses, individualized learning solutions, provision of feedback;
- that discuss challenges and/or research agenda for ICALL;
- that describe empirical studies on language learner data.
A special focus is given to the established and upcoming infrastructures aimed at SLA and learner corpus research, covering questions such as data collection, legal issues, reliability of annotation, annotation tool development, search environments for SLA-relevant data, etc.
We encourage paper presentations and software demonstrations describing the above-mentioned themes primarily, but not exclusively, for the Nordic languages.
This year we have the pleasure to welcome Jill Burstein<https://sites.google.com/site/jbursteinets/> from Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey as our invited speaker! We are also planning for a second invited speaker, further details will be announced on our website at a later stage.
Authors are invited to submit long papers (8-12 pages) alternatively short papers (4-7 pages), page count not including references. We will be using NAACL 2018<http://naacl2018.org/call_for_paper.html> template for the workshop this year. Submissions will be managed through the electronic conference management system EasyChair<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nlp4call-2018>. 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. Papers will be peer reviewed by at least two members of the program committee in a double-blind fashion. 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 the ACL anthology, following experiences from the previous NLP4CALL editions (e.g. 6th NLP4CALL<http://aclweb.org/anthology/W/W17/#0300>).
13 August second call for papers
7 Sept. final call for papers
18 Sept. paper submission deadline
9 October notification of acceptance
22 October camera-ready papers for publication
7 November workshop date Organizers Ildikó Pilán, Elena Volodina, Lars Borin, David Alfter Sprĺkbanken, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ildikó Pilán: ildiko.pilan at svenska.gu.se
For further information, see the workshop website<https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/icall/7th-nlp4call>.
-- Ildikó Pilán, Doctoral Researcher Sprĺkbanken, Department of Swedish University of Gothenburg Box 200 SE-40530 Gothenburg +46 (0)31 7864543
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