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Proceedings of the SLTC 2012 workshop on NLP for CALL; Lund; 25th October; 2012
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Lars Borin: Språkbanken (Swedish Language Bank), University of Gothenburg, Sweden Elena Volodina: Språkbanken (Swedish Language Bank), University of Gothenburg, Sweden
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Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

Learning and teaching languages with the assistance of a computer; i.e. computer-assisted language learning (CALL); has become widespread since the early 1980s. Traditional CALL applications provide limited exercise types; along with limited ability to provide feed-back; because the exercises are static; i.e. pre-programmed; and the answers have to be pre-stored.

To try to overcome this disadvantage; some researchers have started to use techniques from the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in CALL systems; i.e. supplying CALL applications with some kind of intelligence. As a result; the interdisciplinary field of Intelligent CALL (ICALL) – combining NLP and CALL – has emerged over the past 20 years or so. The workshop on NLP for CALL arranged in conjunction with the 4th Swedish Language Technology Conference in Lund on 25th October; 2012; is a reflection of this development.

In arranging the workshop; we specifically wished to address the following question: There is an array of NLP resources and tools potentially available for re-use in ICALL applications for Swedish as well as for many other languages equipped with NLP tools and resources; but this opportunity has so far remained relatively underdeveloped. Consequently; we invited submissions that would

  • describe research directly aimed at ICALL;
  • demonstrate actual or discuss potential use of existing NLP tools or resources for language learning;
  • 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 learner corpora; developing tools and algorithms for readability analysis; selecting optimal corpus examples; etc.;
and especially submissions describing work on Swedish or other Nordic languages. We received a total of 12 submissions; out of which one was rejected out-of-hand by the workshop organizers for not conforming to the submission format. Each of the remaining 11 papers was reviewed by two (anonymous) members of the program committee (see below). On the basis of the reviews; 8 submissions were accepted for presentation at the workshop and inclusion in the workshop proceedings (subject to revisions required by the reviewers).

The workshop was designed to be a highly interactive event. After an invited oral presentation by Hrafn Loftsson (University of Reykjavik) – Ongoing development of an NLP toolkit with potential usage in ICALL – the other contributions to the workshop were presented in the form of two poster sessions. A general discussion concluded the workshop.

Workshop organizers

  • Lars Borin; Språkbanken; University of Gothenburg; Sweden
  • Elena Volodina; Språkbanken; University of Gothenburg; Sweden

Program Committee

  • Lars Borin; University of Gothenburg; Sweden
  • Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis; University of Gothenburg; Sweden
  • Petter Karlström; Stockholm University; Sweden
  • Ola Knutsson; Stockholm University; Sweden
  • Hrafn Loftsson; Reykjavik University; Iceland
  • Detmar Meurers; University of Tübingen; Germany
  • Serge Sharoff; University of Leeds; UK
  • Elena Volodina; University of Gothenburg; Sweden

Proceedings of the SLTC 2012 workshop on NLP for CALL; Lund; 25th October; 2012

Lene Antonsen
Improving feedback on L2 misspellings - an FST approach
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Lisa Beinborn, Torsten Zesch, Iryna Gurevych
Towards fine-grained readability measures for self-directed language learning
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Carina Carlund, Håkan Jansson, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis, Julia Prentice, Judy Ribeck
An academic word list for Swedish - a support for language learners in higher education
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Katarina Heimann Mühlenbock, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis
SweVoc - A Swedish vocabulary resource for CALL
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Manny Rayner, Johanna Gerlach, Marianne Starlander, Nikos Tsourakis, Anita Kruckenberg, Robert Eklund, Arne Jönsson, Anita McAllister, Cathy Chua
A web-deployed Swedish spoken CALL system based on a large shared English/Swedish feature grammar
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Elena Volodina, Lars Borin, Hrafn Lofsson, Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Guðmundur Örn Leifsson
Waste not; want not: Towards a system architecture for ICALL based on NLP component re-use
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Elena Volodina, Richard Johansson, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis
Semi-automatic selection of best corpus examples for Swedish: Initial algorithm evaluation
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Kennet Wilhelmsson
Automatic question generation for Swedish: The current state
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Proceedings of the SLTC 2012 workshop on NLP for CALL; Lund; 25th October; 2012

Lars Borin, Elena Volodina
Proceedings of the SLTC 2012 workshop on NLP for CALL; Lund; 25th October; 2012
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