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SweLL - Infrastructure for L2 Swedish

Full name: SweLL - research infrastructure for Swedish as a second language, RJ, 2017-2019 (-2020)

Background

With growing number of people seeking asylum in Sweden, the need for second language (L2) teaching and the evolvement of such a practice is of great importance to the Swedish society. The government has recently initiated a project on learning among newly arrived. One of the foci of this project is on producing tools for evaluation of L2 Swedish, an aim to which the SweLL project contributes in a most robust way.

General description

The purpose of SweLL is to set up an infrastructure for collection, digitization, normalization, and annotation of learner production, as well as to make available a linguistically annotated corpus of approx. 600 L2 learner texts. Such a corpus would make it possible to search for various types of linguistic structures, without the researcher having to guess what such a structure might look like, since there is a parallel normalized version available. L2 corpora are available for many other languages, but for Swedish such a resource is lacking.

Aims of the project

To fill the needs of the L2 research field, SweLL will create an infrastructure consisting of:

  • a data collection portal, through file import and via online exercises
  • methods and tools for L2 analysis
  • an annotated corpus of L2 production
  • specific search tools for L2-material facilitating filtering for e.g. texts written by male writers or writers at a certain proficiency level.

The material and tools will be made accessible for research.

See an interview about SweLL data with Elena Volodina (April 2018)

See an interview about importance of interoperability of L2 resources and tools with Elena Volodina (October 2018)

 

Visions and plans

2017

  • Setting up guidelines drafts (transcription, normalization, correction annotation, code taxonomy, pseudonymization & pseudo-taxonomy, data handling flow, step-by-step involvemennt of schools)
  • Development of tool prototypes (kiosk, SVALA, portal).
  • Setting up collaboration with schools.
  • Settling legal and ethical issues.

2018

  • Testing guidelines and tools internally within the project group, improvements, iterations, finalizing.
  • Translation of metadata forms
  • Initiating essay collection from schools according to the decided flow, metadata forms, incl. use of translated forms

2019

  • Full-scale essay collection
  • Initial essay annotation.
  • Tool maintenance.
  • Further development of tool functionalities.

2020

  • Full-scale annotation (pseudonymization, normalization, correction annotation).
  • (Minimal) search and visualization  in Korp (and ev in Strix).
  • Import from SweLL-portal to Korp.
  • Download of data from SweLL portal and
  • Upload of new data to SweLL portal.
  • Release in autumn 2020.

Maybe 2020:

  • extention of SVALA tool to other languages
  • collection of new essays via Lärka (with pseudonymization on-the-fly) to bypass kiosk steps (transcription, pseudonymization, fillinf in metadata forms)

 

Institutions/organisations

Project leader: Elena Volodina, Språkbanken, University of Gothenburg

Four universities participate in the project:

 

Financing

The project is financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond during years 2017-2019 through a grant IN16-0464:1

Co-financing comes from University of Gothenburg, Department of Swedish, as a contribution to development of university infrastructure activities

 

Presentations

  • Elena Volodina (September 2019). SVALA - pseudonymization service for L2 Swedish . [Slides]
  • Elena Volodina, Arild Matsson (Dan Rosén and Mats Wirén) (September 2019). SVALA: an Annotation Tool for Learner Corpora generating parallel texts. Learner Corpus Research Conference-2019. Poland, Warszawa. [Slides]
  • Elena Volodina, Lena Granstedt, Beáta Megyesi, Julia Prentice, Dan Rosén, Carl-Johan Schenström, Gunlög Sundberg & Mats Wirén. (2018). Annotation of learner corpora: first SweLL insights. Proceedings of SLTC-2018, Stockholm, Sweden [pdf]
  • Ildikó Pilán (and Elena Volodina). Exploring word embeddings and phonological similarity for the unsupervised correction of language learner errors. TPoster presentation at the COLING 2018 SIGHUM Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (LaTeCH).
  • Elena Volodina Towards a research infrastructure for Second Language Acquisition and teaching: case of L2 Swedish Guest talk at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 7 2018. [slides]
  • Elena Volodina Annotation of L2 corpora for NLP and SLA studies: case of SweLL, keynote talk at INDUS network meeting, Tübingen, Germany, 28 Feb-1 March 2018 [Slides]
  • Mats Wirén SweLL - an upcoming infrastructure for Swedish as a Second Language, Clarin L2 workshop, Gothenburg, 6-8 Dec 2018 [Slides]
  • Elena Volodina Legal issues in learner essay collection, Clarin L2 workshop, Gothenburg, 6-8 Dec 2018 [Slides]
  • Julia Prentice Error taxonomy and other considerations in the SweLL project, Clarin L2 workshop, Gothenburg, 6-8 Dec 2018 [Slides]
  • Dan Rosén The SweLL normalization editor for learner texts, Clarin L2 workshop, Gothenburg, 6-8 Dec 2018 [Slides] [More]
  • Prentice, Julia & Volodina, Elena. SweLL - Forskningsinfrastuktur för svenska som andraspråk. Konferensbidrag på Svenskans beskrivning 36, Uppsala universitet, 25-27 oktober 2017.[Slides]
  • "Infrastruktur för svensk andraspråksforksning (och annan svensk forskning). Möten mellan andraspråksforksning och datalingvistik". Arbeitstagung der Skandinavistik (ATDS). KIEL, 27-29 September 2017. (by Julia Prentice) [slides]
  • "Legal and ethical issues when dealing with learner essays" - Presentation at an NCN workshop (Nordic CLARIN Network), September 2017. (by Elena Volodina)
  • "Situation and legal problems with collecting learner texts" - Presentation at a meeting of enet-COLLECT, September 2017, Bolzano, Italy. (by Elena Volodina) [slides]
  • "SweLL in a nutshell" - Presentation at Språkbanken's internal talk series, August, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden. (by Elena Volodina) [slides]
  • "Crowdsourcing Second Language learner data: experiences and prospects" - Presentation at a meeting of a European Network of e-Lexicography, February 2017, Budapest, Hungary (by Elena Volodina). [slides]
  • "SweLL - forskningsinfrastruktur för svenska som andraspåk" - Presentation at Swedish Language Council (Språkrådet), February 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. (by Elena Volodina) [slides]
  • "A Friend in Need? Research agenda for electronic Second Language infrastructure" - Presentation at SLTC, november 2016, Umeå, Sweden. (by Elena Volodina) [slides]

 

Publications

2019

  • Elena Volodina, Lena Granstedt, Arild Matsson, Beáta Megyesi, Ildikó Pilán, Julia Prentice, Dan Rosén, Lisa Rudebeck, Carl-Johan Schenström, Gunlög Sundberg and Mats Wirén (Accepted). The SweLL Language Learner Corpus: From Design to Annotation. Northern European Journal of Language Technology, Special Issue.
  • Egon W. Stemle, Adriane Boyd, Maarten Janssen, Therese Lindström Tiedemann, Nives Mikelić Preradović, Alexandr Rosen, Dan Rosén, Elena Volodina. (2019) Working together towards an ideal infrastructure for language learner corpora. Learner Corpus Research 2017. In Andrea Abel, Aivars Glaznieks, Verena Lyding & Lionel Nicolas (eds.) Widening the Scope of Learner Corpus Research. Selected papers from the fourth Learner Corpus Research Conference. Corpora and Language in Use – Proceedings 5, Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain, 427-468. [Post-print]
  • Wirén Mats, Arild Matsson, Dan Rosén, Elena Volodina. 2019. SVALA: Annotation of Second-Language Learner Text Based on Mostly Automatic Alignment of Parallel Corpora. CLARIN-2018 post-conference volume. LiUP Press. [pdf]
  • David Alfter, Lars Borin, Ildikó Pilán, Therese Lindström Tiedemann, Elena Volodina. 2019. From Language Learning Platform to Infrastructure for Research on Language Learning. CLARIN-2018 post-conference volume. LiUP Press. [pdf]
  • Elena Volodina, Arild Matsson, Dan Rosén and Mats Wirén. 2019. SVALA: an Annotation Tool for Learner Corpora generating parallel texts. Learner Corpus Research conference (LCR-2019). Proceedings.

2018

  • Beáta Megyesi, Sofia Johansson, Dan Rosén,Carl-Johan Schenström, Gunlög Sundberg, Mats Wirén & Elena Volodina. (2018). Learner Corpus Anonymization in the Age of GDPR: Insights from the Creation of a Learner Corpus of Swedish. Proceedings of the 7th NLP4CALL workshop. [pdf]
  • Elena Volodina, Lena Granstedt, Beáta Megyesi, Julia Prentice, Dan Rosén, Carl-Johan Schenström, Gunlög Sundberg & Mats Wirén. (2018). Annotation of learner corpora: first SweLL insights. Proceedings of SLTC-2018, Stockholm, Sweden [pdf]
  • Dan Rosén, Mats Wirén and Elena Volodina. (2018). Error Coding of Second-Language Learner Texts Based on Mostly Automatic Alignment of Parallel Corpora. Clarin-2018. [pdf]
  • Elena Volodina, Maarten Janssen, Therese Lindström Tiedemann, Nives Mikelic Preradovic, Silje Karin Ragnhildstveit, Kari Tenfjord and Koenraad de Smedt. (2018) Interoperability of Second Language Resources and Tools. Clarin-2018.
  • Pilán, Ildikó, & Volodina, Elena. (2018). Exploring word embeddings and phonological similarity for the unsupervised correction of language learner errors. In Proceedings of the Second Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature (pp. 119-128) at COLING-2018. [pdf]

2017

  • Felix Hultin. 2017. Correct-Annotator: An Annotation Tool for Learner Corpora. Clarin Conference 2017, Budapest, Hungary. [pdf]
  • Stymne, S., Pettersson, E., Megyesi, B., and Palmér, A. (2017) Annotating Errors in Student Texts: First Experiences and Experiments. In Proceedings of Joint 6th NLP4CALL and 2nd NLP4LA Nodalida workshop, May 22, 2017, Gothenburg. [pdf ]
  • Elena Volodina, Beata Megyesi, Mats Wirén, Lena Granstedt, Julia Prentice, Monica Reichenberg, Gunlög Sundberg. 2016. A Friend in Need? Research agenda for electronic Second Language infrastructure. Proceedings of SLTC 2016, Umeå, Sweden [pdf]

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