Magali

About Magali Paquot

Affiliation: Centre for English Corpus Linguistics, Institut Langage et Communication, Université catholique de Louvain
Current position: FNRS postdoctoral researcher
Research interests: phraseology, collocations, lexical bundles, L1 influence, L1 identification, pedagogical lexicography, EAP/ESP, writing
Biography:
Email: magali.paquot@uclouvain.be
Website: http://perso.uclouvain.be/magali.paquot/


Summer School: Learner Corpus Research – Theory and practical applications

The faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany, is pleased to announce that it will host a summer school on Learner Corpus Research in August 2018, organised under the aegis of the Learner Corpus Association.

The aim of the event is to introduce researchers into the field of Learner Corpus Research through a series of overview lectures and hands-on sessions. The summer school is targeted at both young researchers, e.g. PhD students who have recently embarked on a learner corpus project, but also more experienced researchers from neighbouring fields such as corpus linguistics, SLA or LTA who want to know more about this dynamic, interdisciplinary field of research.

The following topics will be covered:
- an overview of the field of LCR and its resources
- learner corpus methodology and annotation
- statistics for the analysis of learner corpus data
- combining learner corpora with other data types in SLA research
- a selection of elective modules (consisting of a lecture and hands-on session) depending on the needs and interests of the participants

The classes are taught by an international team of leading experts in the field. Participants will also have the opportunity to give a brief presentation on their project and meet one of the teachers to discuss their projects individually.

Website:
https://blogs.uni-bremen.de/lcss2018/

Cost:
- registration fee: EUR 55
- no tuition fees
- small bursary for international PhD students towards their travel expenses

Registration:
Online registration opens on Friday, January 26th, at noon. For practical reasons, the number of participants is restricted to 22 people. In order to register, download our application form, fill it in and sent it by e-mail to Mrs. Reinhilt Schultze at schultze@uni-bremen.de.

Best wishes
Marcus Callies

2018 Duolingo Shared Task on Second Language Acquisition Modeling (SLAM)

Duolingo invites research teams to participate in the first SLA Modeling (SLAM) Shared Task, in conjunction with the 13th BEA Workshop and the NAACL-HLT 2018 conference. You can access the detailed task description at: http://sharedtask.duolingo.com .

The goal of this task is to predict future mistakes that learners of English, Spanish, and French will make, based on a history of mistakes they have made in the past. The data set contains more than 2 million tokens (words) from exercises submitted by 6,000+ students over the course of their first 30 days using Duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com).

New and interesting research opportunities in this task:

- There are three tracks for learners of (1) English, (2) Spanish, and (3) French. Teams are encouraged to explore features which generalize across all three languages.
- Anonymized learner IDs and time data will be provided. This allows teams to explore various personalized, adaptive SLA modeling approaches.
- The sequential nature of the data also allows teams to model language learning (and forgetting!) over time.

Training and development data, baseline code, and evaluation scripts are now ready and available for the task. Test data will be release in February 2018, with final evaluations taking place in March. For more details, please consult the task website.

Shared Task Website:

http://sharedtask.duolingo.com

Shared Task Discussion Group:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sla-modeling

Important Dates:

Jan 10, 2018 – Data release (phase 1): TRAIN and DEV sets
Feb 19, 2018 – Data release (phase 2): blind TEST set
Mar 19, 2018 – Final predictions deadline
Mar 21, 2018 – Final results announcement
Mar 28, 2018 – Draft system papers due
Apr 16, 2018 – Camera-ready system papers due
Jun 05, 2018 – Workshop at NAACL-HLT in New Orleans!

Task Organizers:

Burr Settles (Duolingo), Chris Brust (Duolingo), Erin Gustafson (Duolingo), Masato Hagiwara (Duolingo), Bozena Pajak (Duolingo), Joseph Rollinson (Duolingo), Hideki Shima (Duolingo), Nitin Madnani (ETS)

Best regards,
SLAM Shared Task Organizers

Special issue of the IJLCR on Segmental, prosodic and fluency features in phonetic learner corpora

 

https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/ijlcr.3.2/toc

Table of Contents

Introduction
Jürgen Trouvain, Frank Zimmerer, Bernd Möbius, Mária Gósy and Anne Bonneau
105 – 117
Articles
Malte Belz, Simon Sauer, Anke Lüdeling and Christine Mooshammer
118 – 148
Mária Gósy, Dorottya Gyarmathy and András Beke
149 – 174
María Luisa García Lecumberri, Martin Cooke, Mirjam Wester, Martin Cooke and Mirjam Wester
175 – 195
Ulrike Gut
196 – 222
Sylvain Detey and Isabelle Racine
223 – 249
Oliver Niebuhr, Maria Alm, Nathalie Schümchen and Kerstin Fischer
250 – 277
Correction
Erratum Vol 3, Issue 1
278
List of reviewers
Referees for Volume 3 (2017)
279 – 280

PhD fellowship in Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (L2 French)

The Centre for English Corpus Linguistics has an opening for a PhD fellowship for a total period of four years, starting February – June 2018.

The position is part of the FNRS-funded research project entitled Lexicogrammatical complexity in French as a Foreign Language: the impact of mode. The project is supervised by Magali Paquot (UCLouvain), with Alex Housen (VUB) as co-supervisor.

The project is part of a larger research programme that aims to define and circumscribe the linguistic construct of lexicogrammatical complexity, i.e. the complexity that arises from the (native-like) preferred co-selection of syntactic structures and lexical items in language use, within the framework of usage-based theories of language, and to theoretically and empirically demonstrate its relevance for L2 complexity research, and more generally for theories of L2 use and development (see Paquot, 2017; in press).

The main objective of the PhD project is to investigate the impact of mode (speech vs. writing) on lexicogrammatical complexity, with a focus on L2 French performance data.

Job description:

The research project is a joint venture between the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL) at the UCLouvain and the Center of Linguistics at the VUB. The candidate will be affiliated to the Institut Langage et Communication (ILC, UCLouvain) and will also prepare a joint UCLouvain-VUB PhD in Linguistics.

Activities that the candidate will perform include:

  • develop and implement (i) theoretical concepts in line with the focus of the research project and (ii) appropriate methodological procedures for investigating these concepts;
  • conduct corpus-based analyses of L1 and L2 French writing and spoken samples;
  • interpret the results of the analyses and report on the project in conference presentations and academic publications;
  • by the end of the four-year term, submit and defend a PhD dissertation based on the project.

Requirements and profile:

  • Master degree in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language & Literature, Natural Language Processing or in Language Learning and Teaching, with a master thesis on a topic relevant to the project (note: a degree in French Linguistics is an asset, not a requirement);
  • excellent record of BA and MA level study;
  • excellent command of French, very good command of English.
  • excellent and demonstrated analytic skills;
  • ability to work with common software packages (including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • basic knowledge of corpus-linguistic techniques is a requirement
  • knowledge of statistics and statistical software is an asset;
  • programming skills in Perl or Python are also an asset;
  • excellent and demonstrated self-management skills, ability and willingness to work in a team;
  • willingness to live in or near Louvain-la-Neuve and to travel abroad (for short-term research stays and to attend international academic conferences).

Terms of employment:

  • the contract will initially be for one year, three times renewable, with a total of four years.
  • the candidate receives a doctoral fellowship grant (starting at approx. EUR 1868 net per month) and full medical insurance.
  • the position requires residence in Belgium, preferably in or near Louvain-la-Neuve
  • applicants from outside the EU are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa or permits, with the assistance of UCLouvain staff department.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on 1 February 2018, and continue until the position is filled

Please include with your application:

  • a cover letter in English, in which you specify why you are interested in this position and how you meet the job requirements outlined above;
  • a curriculum vitae in English;
  • a concise academic statement in French, in which you outline your expectations about and plans for graduate study and career goals;
  • a copy of BA and MA diplomas and degrees;
  • a copy of your master thesis and academic publications (if applicable);
  • the names and full contact details of two academic referees.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (in situ or via video conferencing) in the second half of February 2018.

Applications (as an email attachment) and inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr. Magali Paquot

Centre for English Corpus Linguistics

Université Catholique de Louvain

Email: magali.paquot@uclouvain.be

References

Paquot, M. (2017). The phraseological dimension in interlanguage complexity research. Special issue of Second Language Research on ‘Multiple approaches to L2 Complexity’ (guest editors: Alex Housen and Bastien De Clercq). 10.1177/0267658317694221

Paquot, M. (in press). Phraseological competence: a useful toolbox to delimitate CEFR levels in higher education? Insights from a study of EFL learners’ use of statistical collocations. Special issue of Language Assessment Quarterly on ‘Language tests for academic enrolment and the CEFR’.

“Learner Corpus Research – Theory and practical applications”

Summer school “Learner Corpus Research – Theory and practical applications”

August 27-31, 2018, University of Bremen, Germany

The faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany, is pleased to announce that it will host a summer school on Learner Corpus Research in August 2018, organised under the aegis of the Learner Corpus Association (http://www.learnercorpusassociation.org).

The aim of the event is to introduce researchers into the field of Learner Corpus Research through a series of overview lectures and hands-on sessions. The summer school is targeted at both young researchers, e.g. PhD students who have recently embarked on a learner corpus project, but also more experienced researchers from neighbouring fields such as corpus linguistics, SLA or LTA who want to know more about this dynamic, interdisciplinary field of research.

The following topics will be covered: the design and compilation of learner corpora, learner corpus methodology and annotation, statistics for the analysis of learner corpus data, combining learner corpora with other data types in SLA research and, depending on the needs and interests of the participants, a selection of elective modules (consisting of a lecture and hands-on session) on the application of Learner Corpus Research, e.g. in teaching and testing and assessment. The classes will be taught by an international team of leading experts in the field. Participants will also have the opportunity to give a brief presentation on their project and meet one of the teachers to discuss their projects individually.

A more detailed call for applications will be posted in January 2018. For further information please contact Marcus Callies (callies@uni-bremen.de).

Postdoc position at the University of Utah

The Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC: http://l2trec.utah.edu) at the University of Utah invites applications for 1-year full-time post-doctoral position in Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. L2TReC is a vibrant hub for faculty and students with research interests in Second Language Acquisition and L2 pedagogy. It coordinates research based on data generated by the State of Utah’s ambitious Dual Language Immersion Program (http://www.utahdli.org), directs a large-scale project to collect and analyze proficiency data on L2 learners of several languages at the college level, delivers intensive language courses to military personnel, provides support and training for L2 instructors at all levels, and administers the high school portion of Utah’s Dual Immersion Program (http://l2trec.utah.edu/bridge-program/index.php).

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow with a background in corpus linguistics, preferably with hands-on experience in corpus building. The successful applicant will be expected to oversee continued development of the Center’s Multilingual Corpus of Second Language Speech. A pilot version of the corpus has been built, consisting of spoken samples from 3rd grade DLI students in Chinese, French and Spanish. Samples have been transcribed and tagged according to CHILDES protocols. There is no expectation that applicants will have had prior experience working with CHILDES, but the successful candidate is expected to gain the requisite expertise upon joining our team. It will be the responsibility of the successful applicant to assess efficacy of the corpus design and functionality to date, propose and implement any desirable changes, and then lead further additions to the corpus. This will require training and supervising a cadre of student research assistants in the corpus languages (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). The ideal candidate will have native or near-native proficiency in one of the corpus languages as well as English. Applicant must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized, able to multi-task and prioritize and possess strong quantitative and analytic skills. Strong writing ability is required as applicant will be expected to contribute to grant writing efforts in support of corpus development.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in related field.

Sound knowledge of corpus linguistics (annotation, corpus queries) and quantitative analysis of corpus data.

Ability to acquire new technical and/or theoretical knowledge as needed.

Native or near-native proficiency in spoken and written English and a high level of proficiency in one of the corpus languages (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish).

Ability to coordinate day-to-day business with the PIs to ensure that project goals and deadlines are met.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well in a team.

Desirable qualifications:

Sufficient structural knowledge to perform analytical and corpus-based work in one or more additional languages in the corpus.

Desired starting date November 1, 2017 (flexible). Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please apply online at http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/69035

Review of applications begins on October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample. Applicants should identify three references on their CV who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

If you have questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jane F. Hacking: j.hacking@utah.edu.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email: oeo@umail.utah.edu.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

 

PhD fellowship in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (UC Louvain) – new application deadline

The Center for Linguistics (CLIN) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has an opening  for a PhD fellowship for a total period of four years, starting September – November 2017.

The position is part of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)-funded research project entitled Lexicogrammatical complexity: a missing construct in L2 research. The project is supervised by Alex Housen (VUB), with Magali Paquot (UCLouvain) as cosupervisor.

The project is concerned with the complexity and learning difficulties that arise at the lexicon-grammar interface in the process of second language acquisition, with a focus on Dutch as a second/foreign language.

Job description:
The research project is a joint venture between the Center of Linguistics at the VUB and
the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL) at the UCLouvain. The candidate will
be affiliated to the Center of Linguistics (CLIN) at the VUB and the Centre for English
Corpus Linguistics (CECL) at the UCLouvain, and will prepare a joint VUB-UCLouvain
PhD in Linguistics.

Activities that the candidate will perform include:

  • develop and implement (i) theoretical concepts in line with the focus of the research project and (ii) appropriate methodological procedures for investigating these concepts;
  • conduct corpus-based analyses of L1 and L2 Dutch writing samples;
  • interpret the results of the analyses and report on the project in conference
    presentations and academic publications;
  • by the end of the four-year term, submit and defend a PhD dissertation based on the project.

Requirements and profile:
- Master degree in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language & Literature, Natural
Language Processing or in Language Learning and Teaching, with a master thesis on
a topic relevant to the project;
- excellent record of BA and MA level study;
- excellent command of Dutch, very good command of English. Knowledge of French
is an asset;
- excellent and demonstrated analytical skills;
- ability to work with common software packages (including MS Word, Excel and
PowerPoint);
- knowledge of inferential statistics and statistical software (e.g. SPSS, R) is an asset;
- basic knowledge of corpus-linguistic techniques is a requirement;
- programming skills in Perl or Python are also an asset;
- excellent and demonstrated self-management skills, ability and willingness to work in
a team;
- willingness to live in or near Brussels and to travel abroad (for short-term research
stays and to attend international academic conferences).

Terms of employment:
- the contract will initially be for one year, three times renewable, with a total of four
years;
- the candidate receives a doctoral fellowship grant (starting at approx. EUR 1900 net
per month) and full medical insurance;
- the position requires residence in Belgium, preferably in or near Brussels;
- applicants from outside the EU are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa or
permits, with the assistance of the International Office of the VUB.
Application Deadline: 31 August 2017
Please include with your application:
- a cover letter in English, in which you specify why you are interested in this position
and how you meet the job requirements outlined above;
- a curriculum vitae in English;
- a concise academic statement in Dutch, in which you outline your plans for graduate
study and career goals;
- a copy of BA and MA diplomas and degrees;
- a copy of your master thesis and academic publications (if applicable);
- the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (in situ or via video conferencing) in
August and/or September 2017.

Applications (as an email attachment) and inquiries should be addressed to:
Prof. dr. Alex Housen                                                        Dr. Magali Paquot
Dept. of Linguistics and Literary Studies (LIST)         Centre for English Corpus Linguistics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel                                                  Université Catholique de Louvain
Pleinlaan 2                                                                           Place Blaise Pascal 1, bte L3.03.31
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium                                                 B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Email: alex.housen@vub.be                                             Email: magali.paquot@uclouvain.be

The IRIS Replication Award

£300 will be awarded annually to a published (or accepted) self-labelled replication* using materials held on IRIS.

Submissions must include:

i) the article/chapter (with evidence of ‘in press’ status if not already published);
ii) the materials from IRIS and any adaptations of them (adaptations should also be uploaded to IRIS, with a Note to link it to the earlier study’s materials).
IRIS now accepts data of all kinds, and we encourage applicants to submit their raw data along with their other materials.

Review Process
Submissions can be made to iris@iris-database.org at any time. The first round will close 30th November 2018. The study must have been published (or in press) from 2016 onwards. All submissions will be reviewed by the IRIS directors and up to two anonymous reviewers. The first award will be announced by 1 January 2019.

Criteria for award
Submissions will be welcome from any area of second language research (broadly defined, including multilingualism, language education, research methodology). All methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives are welcome.

Submissions will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Strength of the justification for the replication.
  • Soundness and transparency of methods and analysis, including clarity about how these are similar/different to those of the initial study.
  • How well the discussion and conclusions are warranted by the methods, data and analysis.
  • How well the findings from the initial study are integrated into the set-up, analysis and interpretation of the replication.

Special consideration will be given to:

  • Multi-site replications
  • Open data
  • Pre-registered studies
  • Direct or partial replications (though we emphasize that conceptual replications, which change more than one significant variable, are also welcome)

Replications using materials developed by IRIS Directors are not eligible.

https://www.iris-database.org/iris/app/home/replication_award

Please direct any questions to iris@irisdatabase.org.
*The study is labeled as a replication in the title and/or abstract.

PAC 2017 / Phonology and interphonology of contemporary English: from native corpora to learner corpora

CALL FOR PAPERS

International conference
Thursday, September 28th to Saturday, September 30th 2017
@ Université Paris Nanterre

Organised by
Centre de Recherches Anglophones, EA 370
Université Paris 8
Université Paris Lumières

Guest Speakers
Jacques Durand, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Dan Frost, Université de Grenoble
Patrick Honeybone, University of
Edinburgh

All papers focusing on the main theme summarized by the title of the
conference are welcome but, to contextualize this forthcoming event,
participants should be aware that PAC 2017 is a logical extension of the
conferences that the PAC project has organized annually since 2000, on a
European level, at the universities of Toulouse II, Montpellier III and
Aix-Marseille I, and reflects the developing activities of this project.
All contributions on the phonology and phonetics of contemporary English
as well as on the interphonology of English are welcome.

GENERAL PAC SESSION

The general PAC session will be dedicated to the following theme:
“Usage-based accounts and phonological models: how to articulate
phonetic-acoustic studies and phonological theory?” In recent years,
usage-based accounts, especially within the framework of Exemplar Theory
(Pierrehumbert 2001, 2006), have been put forward as relevant
explanations for various phenomena observed, on the basis of oral
corpora, in the different varieties of oral English. By relying on
frequency effects, such accounts have shed light on the emergence and
evolution of New Zealand and Australian English (Trudgill 2004, Gordon
et al. 2004) or on the dynamics of rhoticity and r-sandhi phenomena in
contemporary non-rhotic varieties (Cox et al. 2014) for example.
However, such accounts are often criticised for lacking phonological
abstraction and for not being able to fully account for the phenomena in
question as they do not model their underlying mechanisms at the
phonological level. That is why many phonologists have rejected these
accounts. However, other phonologists have shown how the results
provided by phonetic-acoustic studies and usage-based accounts of
corpora can lend themselves to theoretical analyses and help model the
emergence and evolution of phenomena at the phonological level (see
Patrick Honeybone’s work on T-to-R in Liverpool English (to appear) for
an example of such an approach).

INTERPHONOLOGY SESSION

The interphonology session will be dedicated to the following theme:
“Variation, correctness and correction”. We encourage participants to
investigate the phonetic and phonological systems developed by
non-native speakers/learners of English who have command of English
either as a foreign language (EFL) or a second language (ESL) in various
parts of the world and in different contexts of communication.
Interphonology will be discussed both as a theoretical, linguistic
construct and empirically by looking into aspects of the learners’ new
phonological system, while in the process of establishing itself or when
it has already been stabilised and/or regularised. Inter-speaker and
intra-speaker variation will also be central to our study of
interphonology to understand, for instance, how segmental variability is
integrated in the newly developed phonological system and how the
phonologies of two (or more) languages at work mutually influence each
other. “Correction” can be envisaged as a didactic tool for improving
students’ oral performances. It can also be rejected on theoretical
grounds. It can be tackled as the adaptation process, or modification
process, put in place by students when trying to reach specific
phonological or phonetic targets. “Correctness” can constitute a goal as
far as communication and interaction in English are concerned for
learners. It can also be questioned as a pedagogical goal, for instance
with the prevalence of RP as a target accent in the French academic
context. The problem of conciliating variation and correction in the
study / teaching of English as a foreign or second language can lend
itself to relevant reflections here.

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Submission of papers

Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4, with 2.5 cm margins,
single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12, and with normal
character spacing. All examples and references in the abstract should be
included on the one single page, but it is enough, when referring to
previous work, to cite “Author (Date)” in the body of the abstract – you
do not need to include the full reference. Please send two copies of
your abstract – one of these should be anonymous and one should include
your name, affiliation and email at the top of the page, directly below
the title. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by members of the
scientific committee or other experts in the field. The named file
should be camera-ready, as it will be used in the abstracts booklet if
the proposal is accepted. Abstracts should be submitted in the same
form, in a PDF file, by email to cecile.viollain@u-paris10.fr with copy
to sylvain.navarro@univ-paris-diderot.fr and
nadine.herry@univ-paris8.fr.

Time for papers: 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions.

Dates and deadlines

Conference: September 28th / September 30th 2017
Final deadline for submissions: March 31st 2017
Results of refereeing of abstracts: Friday June 30th 2017


Anne Przewozny-Desriaux
MCF HDR – English Phonology
Dpt des Etudes du Monde Anglophone
CLLE-ERSS | CNRS UMR 5263
Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès
5 allées Antonio Machado
31058 TOULOUSE Cedex 9 France
+ 33 5 61 50 36 04

http://clle.univ-tlse2.fr/accueil/actualites/annuaire/mme-przewozny-desriaux-anne-

29321.kjsp?RH=1458287939123

PAC 2017 at http://www.projet-pac.net/index.php/news
PAC programme at http://www.projet-pac.net/
LVTI project at http://www.projet-pac.net/index.php/frfr