Colloquium on Learner Corpora for Less Commonly Taught Languages

Date: 08-Apr-2014 – 08-Apr-2014
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact: Maria Tzevelekou
Contact Email: <learner-corpora@ilsp.gr>
Meeting URL: http://www.ilsp.gr/el/news/currentnews/221-lc-colloquium

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics

 

Meeting Description:

The Institute for Language and Speech Processing / ‘Athena’ Research Centre is hosting a colloquium on ‘Learner Corpora for less commonly taught languages: Design, processing and prospects for Second Language Acquisition and Education’ on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the framework of the LangTERRA project.

Learner corpora have been established as a valuable instrument for detecting patterns of language development, serving, thus, as a basis for empirical research and educational interventions. The primary goal of the colloquium is to examine and reflect on concepts, principles and perspectives of Learner Corpus research and applications. The colloquium focuses on less commonly taught languages and seeks to explore best practices and lessons drawn from research in widely spoken languages, such as English. Recent advances will be presented by invited speakers, leading figures in the field of Learner Corpus research:

  • Prof. Sylviane Granger, The Centre for English Corpus Linguistics, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Prof. Detmar Meurers, Department of Linguistics, University of Tübingen
  • Prof. Kari Tenfjord, Department of Linguistics, University of Bergen
  • Dr. Jirka Hana, Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Charles University Prague

 

Location: ‘Kostis Palamas’ Building, University of Athens, Akadimias 48 & Sina

 

Program:

9.00 – 9.30
Registration

9.30 – 10:00
Opening: Developing a learner corpus for language-minority children | Dr Maria Tzevelekou, Research Director, ILSP/’Athena’ R.C.

10:00 – 11.00
Towards more and better learner corpora for educational applications | Prof. Sylviane Granger, CECL, UCL

11.30 – 12.30
On systematically characterizing learner language: A computational and corpus linguistic perspective | Prof. Detmar Meurers, Department of Linguistics, University of Tübingen

12.30 – 13.30
The ASK corpus – a learner corpus of Norwegian as a second language; design, annotation and search interface | Prof. Kari Tenfjord, Department of Linguistics, University of Bergen

14.30 – 15.30
Building a Learner Corpus of Czech; Lessons Learned | Dr Jirka Hana, Researcher, Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Charles University, Prague