Joint 6th workshop on NLP4CALL and 2nd NLP4LA, Nodalida 2017 - DEADLINE EXTENSION

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Co-located with Nodalida 2017
Saturday, 27 May 2017
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Monday, 27 March 2017

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Deadline for paper submissions is prolonged till March, 27.

Joint 6th workshop on NLP4CALL and 2nd NLP4LA, Nodalida 2017
NODALIDA workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22 May, 2017

Description of the workshop

Workshop website: https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/icall/joint6thNLP4CALL-2ndNLP4LA2017

For the second year in a row we are bringing two related themes of NLP for CALL and NLP for LA together. 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 theme on Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (NLP4CALL) is a meeting place for researchers working on the integration of Natural Language Processing and Speech Technologies in CALL systems and exploring the theoretical and methodological issues arising in this connection.

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.

The workshop on Natural Language Processing (NLP) 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.

The NLP4CALL&LA workshop series is aimed at bringing together competences from these areas for sharing experiences and brainstorming the future of the field.

For the two tracks we welcome papers:
that describe research directly aimed at ICALL
that demonstrate actual or discuss the potential use of existing Speech Technologies, NLP tools or resources for language learning
that describe the 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
that describe empirical studies on language learner data
that describe computational models of first, second and bilingual language acquisition
that describe empirical or experimental studies, or computational models of various aspects of language and their effect in language comprehension and acquisition
that demonstrate actual or discuss the potential use of Speech Technologies, NLP tools or resources for investigating language acquisition
that describe psycholinguistic and socio-linguistic investigations on first, second and bilingual language acquisition
We especially invite submissions describing the above-mentioned themes for the Nordic languages; and papers that focus on different age groups, cultures, and language variation. We are also interested in software demonstrations.

Invited speaker
This year we have the pleasure to welcome two invited speakers - Torsten Zesch from the Language Technology Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Bente Ailin Svendsen from the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo

Submission information

We will be using Nodalida 2017 template for the workshop this year. Authors are invited to submit long papers (8-12 pages) alternatively short papers (4-7 pages), page count not including references. Only pdf files will be accepted. Submissions will be managed through the electronic conference management system EasyChair. Final camera-ready versions of accepted papers will be given an additional page to address reviewer comments.
Papers should describe original unpublished work or work-in-progress. Every paper will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Submissions will be judged on appropriateness, clarity, originality/innovativeness, correctness/soundness, meaningful comparison, significance and impact of ideas or results.
All accepted papers will be collected into a proceedings volume to be submitted for publication in the NEALT Proceeding Series (Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings) and, additionally, double-published through ACL anthology, following experiences from previous workshops, e.g. the 3rd NLP4CALL.

Important dates:
13 January, Friday: first call for papers
15 February, Wednesday: second call for papers
6 March, Monday: third call for papers
20 March, Monday: paper submission deadline (short and long)
27 March, Monday: extended deadline (short and long)
8 April, Thursday: notification of acceptance
13 April, Thursday: camera-ready papers for publication
4 May, Thursday: call for participation
22 May, Monday: workshop date
For further information, see workshop website:
 https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/icall/joint6thNLP4CALL-2ndNLP4LA2017