Umeå, Sweden, 16 November 2016 (in connection to SLTC 2016)
Call for participation
We invite you to participate in the joint workshop on NLP for Computer-Assisted Language Learning and NLP for Research in Language Acquisition, NLP4LA. The program is published on the workshop webpage (see above). To register, please visit the SLTC conference site: http://sltc2016.cs.umu.se/?
The goal of the joint workshop is to provide a meeting place for researchers working on language learning issues including both empirical and experimental studies and NLP-based applications.
The workshop series on Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (NLP4CALL) is a meeting place for researchers working on the integration of NLP and Speech/Dialogue Technologies in CALL systems and exploring the theoretical and methodological issues arising in this connection.
- The previous editions of this workshop series enjoyed wide participant geography, including researchers from Australia, Canada, Central, Southern and Northern Europe, Russia, USA. The workshops have shown the vast potential that Language Technology (LT) holds for language learning and – most importantly – the interest that LT researchers have for the domain of CALL.
- The intersection of Natural Language Processing and Speech/Dialogue Technology with Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) brings “understanding” of language to CALL tools, thus making CALL intelligent. This fact has given the name for this area of research – Intelligent CALL, ICALL. As the definition suggests, apart from having excellent knowledge of Natural Language Processing and/or Speech/Dialogue Technology, ICALL researchers need good insights into the second language acquisition (SLA) theories and practices, as well as knowledge of second language pedagogy and didactics. This workshop invites therefore all ICALL-relevant research, including studies where NLP-enriched tools are used for testing SLA and pedagogical theories, and vice versa, where SLA theories/pedagogical practices are modeled in ICALL tools.
- This year we invited 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
The workshop on NLP for Language Processing for Research in Language Acquisition (NLP4LA) broadens the scope of this year’s joint workshop to also include theoretical, empirical, and experimental investigation of first, second and bilingual language acquisition.
- We believe that this field will benefit from collaboration between the NLP, linguistics, psychology and cognitive science communities. The workshop is targeted at anyone interested in the relevance of computational techniques for first, second and bilingual language acquisition. Therefore, our aim is to bring together researchers from different fields with a shared interest in language acquisition.
- For the track of NLP for Language Acquisition we invited papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Empirical studies on language learner data,
- Computational models of first, second and bilingual language acquisition,
- Empirical or experimental studies, or computational models of various aspects of language and their effect in language comprehension and acquisition,
- Data resources and tools for investigating language acquisition,
- Psycholinguistic and socio-linguistic investigations on first, second and bilingual language acquisition.
We especially encouraged submissions describing the above-mentioned themes for the Nordic languages; and papers that focus on different age groups, cultures, and language variation.
This year's joint NLP4CALL & NLP4LA workshop is aimed at bringing together competences from these areas for sharing experiences and brainstorming the future of the field.
- 2 June, Thursday: first call for papers
- 22 August, Monday: second call for papers
- 16 September, Friday: final call for papers
- 27 September, Tuesday: paper submission deadline (short and long)
- 18 October, Tuesday: notification of acceptance
- 1 November, Tuesday: camera-ready papers for publication
- 16 November, Wednesday: workshop date