[Corpora-List] 8th NLP4CALL: Final call for papers and deadline extension to July 7

David Alfter david.alfter at svenska.gu.se
Mon Jun 24 15:18:40 CEST 2019

Please note that due to popular request we have decided to extend the submission deadline to July 7 2019.

8th workshop on NLP4CALL Co-located with NoDaLiDa 2019, Turku, Finland

Website: https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/research-icall/8th-nlp4call Twitter: @NLP4CALL

==Workshop 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. 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 and 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.

==Invited speakers==

This year we have the pleasure to welcome two invited speakers:

1. Thomas François, UCLouvain Thomas François is Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics and Natural Language Processing at UCLouvain (Cental). His work focuses on automatic assessment of text readability, automatic text simplification, complex word identification, efficient communication in business, and the use of French as a professional language. He has been an invited researcher at IRCS (University of Pennsylvania) as a Fulbright and BAEF fellow and, later, has been a FNRS post-doctoral researcher. He has led research projects such as CEFRLex (http://cental.uclouvain.be/cefrlex/), a CEFR-graded lexicon for foreign language learning or AMesure (http://cental.uclouvain.be/amesure/), a platform to support simple writing. His work on readability for French as a foreign language has been awarded the best thesis Award by the ATALA in 2012 and the best paper in the TALN2016 conference.

Title: TBD

2. Egon Stemle, Eurac Egon Stemle is a researcher in the Institute for Applied Linguistics at Eurac Research, Bolzano, Italy. He is a cognitive scientist with a focus in the area where computational linguistics and artificial intelligence converge. He works on the creation, standardisation, and interoperability of tools for editing, processing, and annotating linguistic data and enjoys working together with other scientists on their data but also collects or helps to collect new data from the Web, from computer-mediated communication and social media, and from language learners. He is an advocate of open science to make research and data available for others to consult or reuse in new research.

Title: TBD

==Submission information==

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 the NoDaLiDa 2019 (https://nodalida2019.org) template for the workshop this year. The author kit, including LaTeX and Word template files can be accessed here:


Submissions will be managed through the electronic conference management system EasyChair <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nlp4call-2019>. Papers must be submitted digitally through the conference management system, in PDF format. 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. 7th NLP4CALL <http://aclweb.org/anthology/W18-71>).

==Important dates==

--30 June-- EXTENDED to 7 July: paper submission deadline 18 August: notification of acceptance 6 September: camera-ready papers for publication 30 September: workshop date


David Alfter (1), Elena Volodina (1), Ildikó Pilán, Herbert Lange (2), Lars Borin (1)

(1) Språkbanken, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2) Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden


For any questions, please contact David Alfter, david.alfter at gu.se<mailto:david.alfter at gu.se> For further information, see the workshop website <https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/research-icall/8th-nlp4call> Follow us on Twitter @NLP4CALL <https://twitter.com/NLP4CALL/>

David Alfter, Doctoral Researcher

Språkbanken, Department of Swedish University of Gothenburg Box 200 SE-405 30 Gothenburg +46 (0)31 786 4543

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