.:: TALN - 2006

Natural Language Processing: April 10-13, 2006 in Leuven (Belgium)

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 o NLP & CALL (call for papers)
 o Technolangue
 o MulLexSem (cancelled)

 o Analogy and NLP. Application to machine translation (Yves Lepage)


Integrating Natural Language Processing and Computer-Assisted Language Learning: current status and future prospects

Thursday, April 13, 2006 Louvain, Belgium

NLP (Natural Language Processing) and CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) are two highly productive fields. Although both fields are concerned with the study of language, the links between them are still relatively tenuous. Systems such as ELEONORE, ALEXIA, FREETEXT or platforms such as EXILLS and MIRTO integrate NLP methods and tools, but they tend to be the exception rather than the rule and concern non-commercialised products.

In view of this, initiatives need to be taken that will prompt meetings and encourage collaboration between these two worlds along the lines of past events organized within the framework of ATALA (www.atala.org) or the EUROCALL « Language Processing » group (http://siglp.eurocall-languages.org/).

The workshop that we propose to organise within the framework of TALN 2006 will enable researchers from NLP and CALL to present their research on the use of NLP in language learning, to encourage exchanges and collaborations, establish a common area of study, draw a map of the projects in the fields and open up new research avenues.

All aspects (theoretical, conceptual, applied) of the use of NLP in CALL will be broached upon. The list of topics below includes a few examples of the aspects that may be tackled:

  • Applications of (written or spoken) language processing in CALL
  • Methodological issues relating to the design of NLP-based CALL systems
  • Demonstration of NLP-based CALL tools
  • Design and use of corpora for language learning
  • Use of learner corpora; error annotation of learner corpora
  • Diagnosis, feedback and remedial work
  • Design and creation of tasks
  • Linguistic resources for language learning
  • Linguistic theory/formal linguistics and CALL

Submissions should be formatted using the TALN 2006 style guidelines with overt author and affiliation information. The TALN 2006 style files are available here.

Length: 10 pages (references included).

Dual submissions to the main TALN 2006 conference and this workshop are allowed; if you submit to the main session, do indicate this when you submit to the workshop. If your paper is accepted for the main session, you should withdraw your paper from the workshop upon notification by the main session.

Please send your submission (as .doc or rtf. files) no later than January 20, 2006, to Georges Antoniadis

Each submission will be reviewed by two members of the workshop committee. Accepted papers will be published in the TALN 2006 proceedings.


Information on registration will be provided on the conference web page.

  • Submission deadline: 20 January 2006 Deadline extension: 30 January 2006
  • Notification to authors: 20 February 2006
  • Submission of final version (pdf file): 2 March 2006
  • Workshop: 13 April 2006
There will be no deadline extension.

Dominique Abry, CUEF, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France
Georges Antoniadis, LIDILEM, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France
Aimé Avolonto, York University, Canada
Lars Borin, Göteborg Univesity, Sweden
Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service, NJ, USA
Carol Chapelle, Iowa State University, USA
Cristelle Cavalla, CUEF, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France
Cédrick Fairon, CENTAL, UCLouvain, Belgium
Sylviane Granger, CECL, UCLouvain, Belgium
Marie-Josée Hamel, Dalhousie University, Canada
Trude Heift, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Olivier Kraif, LIDILEM, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France
Claudia Leacock, Pearson Knowledge Technologies, CO, USA
Thomas Lebarbé, LIDILEM, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France
Fanny Meunier, CECL, UCLouvain, Belgium
Claude Ponton, LIDILEM, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France
Frédérique Segond, Xerox XRCE, France
Cornelia Tschichold, University of Wales Swansea, United Kingdom
Serge Verlinde, ILT, KULeuven, Belgium
David Wible, Tamkang University, Taiwan

Organized within the framework of the Network of Excellence (NoE) Kaleidoscope (http://www.noe-kaleidoscope.org)
Georges Antoniadis, LIDILEM, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France
Cédrick Fairon, CENTAL, UCLouvain, Belgium
Sylviane Granger, CECL, UCLouvain, Belgium


Georges Antoniadis Georges.Antoniadis@u-grenoble3.fr
Sylviane Granger granger@lige.ucl.ac.be

Last update :  February, 2006