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.;
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.
- Lars Borin; Språkbanken; University of Gothenburg; Sweden
- Elena Volodina; Språkbanken; University of Gothenburg; Sweden
- 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