The Learner Corpus Association is an international association which aims to promote the field of learner corpus research and provide an interdisciplinary forum for all the researchers and professionals who are actively involved in the field or simply want to know more about it.
LCA supports the compilation of learner corpora (i.e. electronic collections of written and/or spoken language produced by foreign/second language learners) in a wide range of languages and the design of innovative methods and tools to analyze them. It seeks to link up learner corpus research to second language acquisition theory, first language acquisition theory and linguistic theory in general and to promote applications in fields including foreign language teaching, language testing and natural language processing (automated scoring, spell- and grammar-checking, L1 identification).
LCA maintains a comprehensive website and coordinates the planning of the Association’s bi-yearly conference.
The founding members of the Association are Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Sylviane Granger, Fanny Meunier and Magali Paquot, all based at the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
LCA was officially launched at the Learner Corpus Research Conference (Bergen, 27-29 September 2013).