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4th NLP4CALL, Nodalida 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania

Nodalida workshop, Vilnius, Lithuania, 11 May, 2015

Proceedings are now available from http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_home/index.en.aspx?issue=114

ACL (co-published) proceedings are now available from https://aclweb.org/anthology/W/W15/#1900

Some workshop pictures



Workshop schedule

9.30-9.50 Introduction Elena Volodina

9.50-10.30 Special guest: Claudio Santori BliuBliu.com : the easy way to find Comprehensible Input

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-12.15 Paper presentations 1 Session chair: Lars Borin

  • 10.45-11.15 Andrea Horbach, Jonathan Poitz and Alexis Palmer. Using Shallow Syntactic Features to Measure Influences of L1 and Proficiency Level in EFL Writings. [pdf]
  • 11.15-11.45 Andrey Kutuzov and Elizaveta Kuzmenko. Semi-automated typical error annotation for learner English essays: integrating frameworks. [pdf]
  • 11.45-12.15 Ulrike Pado and Cornelia Kiefer. Short Answer Grading: When Sorting Helps and When it Doesn’t. [pdf]

12.15-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Paper presentations 2 Session chair: Robert Reynolds

  • 13.30-14.00 Heike Da Silva Cardoso and Magdalena Wolska. Misspellings in Responses to Listening Comprehension Questions: Prospects for Scoring based on Phonetic Normalization [pdf]
  • 14.00-14.30 Peter Juel Henrichsen. Taking the Danish Speech Trainer from CALL to ICALL. [ pdf]
  • 14.30-15.00 Heli Uibo, Jaak Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Jack Rueter and Sulev Iva. Oahpa! Õpi! Opiq! Developing free online programs for learning Estonian and Võro. [pdf]

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-16.30 Keynote Speaker Eckhard Bick The Use of Constraint Grammar Parsers in Pedagogical Applications: VISL tools for Expliciting, Correcting and Training Grammar

16.30-17.30 Interactive session and discussion Ildikó Pilán

Description of the workshop

This year we welcome papers:

  • that describe research directly aimed at ICALL,
  • that demonstrate actual or discuss potential use of existing Speech Technologies, 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 ICALL-relevant corpora; developing tools and algorithms for readability analysis, selecting optimal corpus examples, etc.
  • that discuss challenges and/or research agenda for ICALL
  • we are also interested in software demonstrations

We especially invite submissions describing the above-mentioned themes for the Nordic languages.

Program committee:

  • Lars Ahrenberg, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Eckhard Bick, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Antonio Branco, University of Lisboa, Portugal
  • Frederik Cornillie, KU Leuven Kulak, Belgium
  • Piet Desmet, KU Leuven Kulak, Belgium
  • Simon Dobnik, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Robert Eklund, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Thomas Francois, UCLouvain, Belgium
  • Katarina Heimann Mühlenbock, DART, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Sweden
  • Kris Heylen, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Chris Koniaris, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Hrafn Loftsson, Reykjavik University, Iceland
  • Staffan Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Montse Maritxalar, University of the Basque country, Spain
  • Detmar Meurers, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Martí Quixal, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Mathias Schulze, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Joel Tetreault, Yahoo! Labs, USA
  • Trond Trosterud, Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway
  • Cornelia Tschichold, Swansea University, UK
  • Francis Tyers, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • Elena Volodina, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Robert Östling, Stockholm University, Sweden

Workshop organizers

  • Elena Volodina, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg; elena dot volodina at svenska dot gu dot se (Organizing chair)
  • Lars Borin, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg; lars dot borin at svenska dot gu dot se
  • Ildikó Pilán, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg; ildiko dot pilan at svenska dot gu dot se

This workshop follows a series of workshops on NLP for CALL organized by a Special Interest Group in Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (SIG-ICALL of NEALT). The workshop series has previously been financed by the Center for Language Technology at the University of Gothenburg.

We intend to continue this workshop series, which up to date has been the only ICALL-relevant recurring event based in the Nordic countries. Our intention is to co-locate the workshop series with the two major LT events in Scandinavia, SLTC and Nodalida, thus making this workshop an annual event. Through this workshop, we intend to profile ICALL research in Nordic countries and to provide a dissemination venue for researchers active in this area.

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For NLP4CALL inquiries, please email Elena Volodina (elena dot volodina at svenska dot gu dot se)