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Språkbanken's research unit develops state-of-the-art language technology and pursues theoretical and practical aims within different research areas. Our research focuses both on language technology itself (creating comprehensive, high-quality resources that are needed to develop tools and algorithms) and on questions from other disciplines.

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ALZ-RJ-Cognitive Decline

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ICALL - Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Språkbanken is working on integration of available language technology for Swedish into the area of language learning, so-called ICALL.

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Lexical semantic change

At Språkbanken Text, we have an ongoing research theme that relates to computational modeling of word meaning called (computational) lexical semantic change. In this theme, we have both research projects and a larger research program.

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Swedish FrameNet++

Swedish FrameNet++ (SweFN++) is a long-term initiative with the aim of building a versatile lexical infrastructure for Swedish language technology (LT). It started in 2008 and thanks to various sources of funding has grown over the years.

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Contributing projects

Change is Key!

2022–2027

This program has two main aims, firstly to develop corpus-based methods for detecting semantic change (over time) and variation (across social groups and media). This will create general tools for the study and detection of language change at large-scale and directly benefit historical linguistics and lexicography. Secondly, we will collaborate with researchers from social sciences, gender studies, and literature to answer their research questions. We will develop tools, evaluation data, and research methodology for their specific needs.

  • Nina Tahmasebi
  • Simon Hengchen
  • Haim Dubossarsky
  • Dominik Schlechtweg
  • Shafqat Mumtaz Virk
  • Emma Sköldberg
  • Mats Malm
  • Mia Liinason
  • Sarah Valdez
  • Dirk Geeraerts
  • Stefano de Pascale
  • lexical-semantic-change
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Cassandra: Explaining and predicting short-term language change in Modern Swedish

2021–2024

Linguists often try to explain language change, but all our explanations are necessarily post hoc and thus difficult to evaluate. What happens if we turn to the future instead of the past and try to predict language change?

  • Aleksandrs (Sasha) Berdicevskis
  • Yvonne Adesam
  • Nina Tahmasebi
  • Evie Coussé
  • linguistics
  • computational linguistics
  • language change
  • language evolution
  • sociolinguistics
Catta

Catta

2021–    

Developing tools for systematic studies of text classification

  • Niklas Zechner

    Svenska Akademiens samtidsordböcker

    2021–2023

    Inom ramarna för projektet förvaltas och vidareutvecklas Lexikalisk databas. Vidare bedrivs arbete med Svenska Akademiens båda samtidsordböcker Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL) och Svensk ordbok utgiven av Svenska Akademien (SO). Arbetet sker på uppdrag av och i samarbete med Svenska Akademien.

    • Kristoffer Andersson
    • Kristian Blensenius
    • Markus Forsberg
    • Louise Holmer
    • Hans Landqvist
    • Leif-Jöran Olsson
    • Stellan Petersson
    • Anne Schumacher
    • Emma Sköldberg
    • Jonatan Uppström
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      SwedishGlue: a benchmark suite for language models

      2020–2021

      The purpose of this project is to create high-quality test sets for att enable all actors within Swedish NLP to evaluate and compare language models.

      • Markus Forsberg
      • Yvonne Adesam
      • Aleksandrs (Sasha) Berdicevskis
      • Dana Dannélls
      • Felix Morger
      • Gerlof Bouma
      • Magnus Sahlgren
      • Love Börjeson
      • Johanna Bergman
      • evaluation
      • language models
      • bias

      Argumentation analysis and technology

      2020–    

      A joint project between Språkbanken Text, FLoV and CLASP, with the purpose of creating and exploring methods for argumentation technology.

      • Anna Lindahl
      • Stian Rødven Eide
      • Axel Almquist
      • Bill Noble
      • Christine Howes
      • Ellen Breitholtz
      • Vladislav Maraev
      • Martin Kaså
      • linguistics
      • computational linguistics
      • argumentation
      • text
      • dialogue
      • pragmatics
      • semantics
      • politics
      • forum
      • online discussion
      • argumentation technology
      • argument mining

      Rumour mining

      2020–2023
      • Jacobo Rouces
      • Lars Borin
      • Mia-Marie Hammarlin
      • Fredrik Miegel
      • digital humanities

      Text classification of medical publications about person-centred care

      2019–2021

      Computerised text classification is used to help identify documents on the topic of patient-centred care.

      • Niklas Zechner

        Hot och hat mot journalister

        2019–2023

        Under vilka förutsättningar försvagas yttrandefrihet och demokrati av hat och hot mot journalister online?

        • Peter Ljunglöf
        • Oscar Björkenfeldt
        • Måns Svensson

          Svenskt språkdatalabb

          2019–2021

          Målet med Svenskt Språkdatalabb är att skapa en nationell kunskapsnod inom språkteknologi, och ta fram svenska referensdatamängder för NLP som sedan tillgängliggörs med öppen access i AI Innovation of Swedens datafabrik.

          • Peter Ljunglöf
          • Aleksandrs (Sasha) Berdicevskis

            Towards Computational Lexical Semantic Change Detection

            2019–2022

            In this project, we aim to find automatic, corpus-based methods for detecting semantic change and lexical replacement for Swedish and English.

            • Nina Tahmasebi
            • Simon Hengchen
            • Richard Johansson
            • Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm

              Evaluation and refinement of an enhanced OCR-process for mass digitisation

              2019–2020

              The purpose of this project is to fine-tune and evaluate a test platform for OCR-production that was developed by Kungliga biblioteket (KB) in cooperation with the Norwegian software company Zissor in 2017.

              • Dana Dannélls
              • Lars Björk
              • Torsten Johansson
              • OCR
              • digital humanities
              • historiskt material
              • kulturarv
              • language technology

              The rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic

              2018–    

              The project studies the rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic.

              • Evie Coussé
              • Gerlof Bouma
              • Nicoline van der Sijs
              • Dirk-Jan de Kooter
              • Trude Dijkstra

                Milage: Multilingual Automated Grammar Extraction

                2018–2022
                • Shafqat Mumtaz Virk
                • Markus Forsberg
                • Harald Hammarström

                  DReaM: The Dictionary/Grammar Reading Machine

                  2018–2020

                  A Multilingual Annotated Corpus of Grammars for the World's Languages

                  • Shafqat Mumtaz Virk
                  • Markus Forsberg
                  • Harald Hammarström

                    L2 profiles for Swedish

                    2018–2021

                    The L2 P project studies lexical and grammatical competence in second language learner Swedish through two corpora: coursebooks and essays.

                    • Elena Volodina
                    • Therese Lindström Tiedemann
                    • Yousuf Ali Mohammed
                    • David Alfter
                    • ICALL
                    • NLP4CALL
                    • språklig komplexitet
                    • SLA
                    • second language learning
                    • CEFR profiles

                    SweLL - Infrastructure for L2 Swedish

                    2017–2020

                    The main focus of this project is on producing data, tools and workflows for research an and evaluation of L2 Swedish.

                    • Elena Volodina
                    • Yousuf Ali Mohammed
                    • Arild Matsson
                    • Mats Wirén
                    • Beáta Megyesi
                    • Julia Prentice
                    • Gunlög Sundberg
                    • Lena Granstedt
                    • Monica Reichenberg
                    • Lisa Rudebeck
                    • Second language infrastructure
                    • Swedish as a second language
                    • essay annotation
                    • correction annotation
                    • pseudonymization

                    Linguistic and extra-linguistic parameters for early detection of cognitive impairment

                    2016–2019
                    • Dimitrios Kokkinakis
                    • Kristina Lundholm Fors
                    • Malin Antonsson
                    • Marie Eckerström
                    • Charalambos Themistocleous
                    • language disorders

                    Digital LSI

                    2015–2021

                    Digitization of Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India (LSI; 1903-1927)

                    • Lars Borin
                    • Shafqat Mumtaz Virk
                    • Anju Saxena
                    • Bernard Comrie

                      Language Technology Linked Open Data at Språkbanken

                      2014–2014

                      This project aims to make lexical resources for language technology available in the form of linked open data.

                      • Lars Borin
                      • Dana Dannélls
                      • Markus Forsberg
                      • LOD
                      • Semantiska webben
                      • länkad data

                      Koala – Korp's linguistic annotations

                      2014–2017

                      Improved annotations for the Korp corpus infrastructure.

                      • Yvonne Adesam
                      • Lars Borin
                      • Gerlof Bouma
                      • Markus Forsberg
                      • Richard Johansson

                        Corpus-driven induction of linguistic knowledge

                        2014–2018

                        We will apply corpus-driven methods as a way to expand and correct existing hand-crafted linguistic resources, and conversely we will use hand-crafted resources as additional sources of supervision when learning meaning representations automatically.

                        • Richard Johansson
                        • Luis Nieto Piña

                          MAÞiR

                          2014–2017

                          Developing automatic annotation tools for Old Swedish texts.

                          • Gerlof Bouma
                          • Yvonne Adesam

                            A free cloud service for OCR

                            2013–2014
                            • Dana Dannélls
                            • Lars Borin
                            • Gerlof Bouma
                            • OCR
                            • historiskt material

                            SweCcn -- a Swedish constructicon

                            2013–2016

                            The aim of this project is to develop a Swedish so-called constructicon, a database of Swedish constructions.

                            • Lars Borin
                            • Dana Dannélls
                            • Markus Forsberg
                            • Leif-Jöran Olsson
                            • Jonatan Uppström
                            • Benjamin Lyngfelt
                            • Kristian Blensenius
                            • Linnea Bäckström
                            • Anna Ehrlemark
                            • Per Malm
                            • Joel Olofsson
                            • Julia Prentice
                            • Rudolf Rydstedt
                            • Emma Sköldberg
                            • Sofia Tingsell
                            • Lexicography
                            • integrerad lexikonresurs
                            • constructicon

                            Towards a Knowledge-Based Culturomics

                            2013–2018

                            The main aim of this research program is to advance the state of the art in language technology resources and methods for semantic processing of Swedish text, in order to provide researchers and others with more sophisticated tools for working with the information contained in large volumes of digitized text, e.g., by being able to correlate and compare the content of texts and text passages on a large scale.

                            • Jacobo Rouces
                            • Lars Borin
                            • Nina Tahmasebi
                            • Dimitrios Kokkinakis
                            • Pierre Nugues
                            • Richard Johansson
                            • Dubhashi Devdatt
                            • culturomics

                            Funktionella somatiska symtom

                            2013–2014

                            Tolkning och förståelse av funktionella symtom i primärvården

                            • Dimitrios Kokkinakis
                            • Eva Lidén
                            • Elisabeth Björk Brämberg
                            • Sylvia Määttä
                            • Staffan Svensson

                              PINCORE

                              2012–2016

                              Person-Centred Information and Communication for patients undergoing Colo-Rectal Cancer Surgery

                              • Dimitrios Kokkinakis

                                META-NORD

                                2011–2013

                                The META-NORD project aims to establish an open linguistic infrastructure in the Baltic and Nordic countries.

                                • Lars Borin
                                • Markus Forsberg

                                  Akademiska ordlistor

                                  2011–2014
                                    • Lexicography
                                    • second language learning
                                    • NLP4CALL

                                    A System Architecture for ICALL

                                    2011–2013
                                    • Lars Borin
                                    • Elena Volodina
                                    • Hrafn Loftsson
                                    • Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir
                                    • ICALL
                                    • NLP4CALL
                                    • Swedish as a second language
                                    • Second language infrastructure
                                    • second language learning
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                                    MedEval

                                    2011–2012

                                    En svensk medicinsk testkollektion

                                    • Karin Friberg Heppin
                                    • Anni Järvelin

                                      Swedish FrameNet++ (SweFN++)

                                      2011–    

                                      The goal of the SweFN++ project is to build an open-content -- i.e., freely available and modifiable -- integrated lexical resource for Swedish -- so far lacking -- to be used as a basic infrastructural component in Swedish language technology (LT) research and in the development of LT applications for Swedish.

                                      • Lars Borin
                                      • Dana Dannélls
                                      • Dimitrios Kokkinakis
                                      • Markus Forsberg
                                      • Jonatan Uppström
                                      • Leif-Jöran Olsson
                                      • Malin Ahlberg
                                      • Maria Toporowska Gronostaj
                                      • Karin Friberg Heppin
                                      • Richard Johansson
                                      • lexikon
                                      • lexikal semantik
                                      • modern
                                      • integrerad lexikonresurs
                                      • framenet

                                      MOLTO - Multilingual Online Translation

                                      2010–2013

                                      MOLTO's goal is to develop a set of tools for translating texts between multiple languages in real time with high quality. Languages are separate modules in the tool and can be varied; prototypes covering a majority of the EU's 23 official languages will be built.

                                      • Dana Dannélls
                                      • Generation
                                      • translation
                                      • multilingual
                                      • cultural heritage
                                      • GF

                                      Digital areal linguistics

                                      2010–2014

                                      The goal of this project is to create a database of comparable lexical items in a number of representative languages spoken in the Himalayan region in India and to use this database for investigating the Himalayas as a linguistic area.

                                      • Lars Borin
                                      • Taraka Rama
                                      • Anju Saxena
                                      • Bernard Comrie
                                      • language technology
                                      • areal linguistics
                                      • linguistic typology
                                      • computational linguistics
                                      • Lexicography

                                      Kelly - KEywords for Language Learning for Young and adults alike

                                      2009–2011
                                      • Elena Volodina
                                      • Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis
                                      • ICALL
                                      • NLP4CALL
                                      • second language learning
                                      • CEFR profiles
                                      • Swedish as a second language

                                      CONPLISIT

                                      2009–2010

                                      Consumption patterns and life-style in Swedish literature – novels 1830-1860

                                      • Lars Borin
                                      • Markus Forsberg
                                      • Christer Ahlberger