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Katarina Heimann Mühlenbock will defend her PhD thesis: I see what you mean - Assessing readability for specific target groups

Opponent: Eleni Miltsakaki (University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract:

This thesis aims to identify linguistic factors that affect readability and text comprehension, viewed as a function of text complexity. Features at various linguistic levels suggested in existing literature are evaluated, including the Swedish readability formula LIX. Natural language processing methods and resources are employed to investigate characteristics that go beyond traditional superficial measures. A comparable corpus of eay-to-read and ordinary texts from three genres is investigated, and it is shown how features present at various levels of representation differ quantitatively across text types and genres. The findings are confirmed in significance tests as well as principal component analysis. Three machine learning algorithms are employed and evaluated in order to build a statistical model for text classification. The results demonstrate that a proposed language model for Swedish (SVIT), utilizing a combination of linguistic features, actually predicts text complexity and genre with a higher accuracy than LIX. It is suggested that the SVIT language model should be adopted to assess surface language properties, vocabulary load, sentence structure, idea density levels as well as the personal interests of different texts. Specific target groups of readers may then be provided with materials tailored to their level of proficiency.

Full text at GUPEA.

Date: 2013-04-26 10:15 - 13:00

Location: Stora hörsalen, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6

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More information here: http://www.svenska.gu.se/samverkan/grammatikfestivalen

Observe that deadline for submission is 15 February.

If you have any questions, please contact Elisabet Engdahl.

Date: 2013-03-22 (All day)

Location: Lilla hörsalen, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6

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Dana Dannélls, GSLT PhD student in natural language processing at the Department of Swedish/Språkbanken, is defending her thesis "Multilingual text generation from structured formal representations".

Opponent: Professor Michael Elhadad, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Link to the thesis in GUPEA: hdl.handle.net/2077/31856

Date: 2013-02-05 10:15 - 13:00

Location: Lilla hörsalen, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6

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Defence of Tam Loung's one year master thesis for the Master Programme in Language Technology:

Edutainment Games -- Using Speech Recognition in a self-learning game for primary school students and an entertaining game for people at all ages.

Supervisor: Torbjörn Lager

Opponent: Bamshad Lotfabadi

Examinater: Robin Cooper

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to estimate how Voice Technology worked
in educational and entertaining (edutaining) games. In order to find
the answer, the author designed two edutaining games using Speech
Technology and game development. One educational game was for primary
school students with the range of age from 7 to 12 while the other
entertaining game was for people at all ages.

The qualitative research methodology was applied in this study. The
research data consisted of participant observation, semi-structured
interviews and structured interviews. Participants of the first game
were 37 students from 4 primary schools in Gothenburg City, Sweden.
Participants of the other game were 20 adults from different cities in
Sweden and other countries.

The result of the evaluation revealed that Speech Technology worked
well in both educational and entertaining games. The findings
indicated the technology had implications for 3 main matters: the
content of the games; teaching methods and hands- free and touch tone
games. It was discovered that the technology stimulated participants’
interest in playing the voice games which were different from common
video games. 100% of the participants and students would consider
playing both games again in the future. Apparently the voice games
helped increase engagement of students when they explored a new
potential technology in learning. The result also showed that the
technology worked better when participants used telephone or mobile
phone than computer via Skype. Less technical errors occurred when
they played the games with phones. When asked to compare the two
games, the students thought both games provided benefits in variant
ways. The educational game was helpful in the self-learning of
different school subjects while the entertaining game had a better
quality in aspects of fun element, sound techniques and language
clarity.

The author recommends voice game programmers to implement higher
advanced technology such as Browse-Accessible, an application that
recognizes speech and save to the database. It is also recommended
that programmers collaborate with teachers for pedagogical advices in
the process of collecting appropriate material for educational games.
Experiences and tips derived from the evaluation and implementation of
this study are also shared with programmers to facilitate the work of
their similar applications in the future.

Date: 2012-12-10 10:00 - 11:00

Location: T340, Olof Wijksgatan 6

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Defence of Christian Ramsted's master thesis for the Master Programme in Language Technology:

A Swedish FraCas -- A Swedish-English translation of quantifiers from the FraCas test suite from a semantical perspective

Supervisor: Robin Cooper
Opponent: Parna Seyedin
Examinater: Torbjörn Lager

Abstract:

The purpose of this thesis is to give a brief summary of the FraCas test suite and to make a translation of its Quantifier chapter from English to Swedish and to do this as accurate as possible. To do this, the semantical differences between English and Swedish quantifiers will be noted and compared. The structure of the FraCas test suite will be discussed and also the structure of the xml-version of the test suite. The main goal of the thesis is to make a semantical translation of English and Swedish quantifiers as accurate as possible in the case of a future translation of the FraCas test suite.

Date: 2012-12-10 09:00 - 10:00

Location: T340, Olof Wijksgatan 6

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Welcome to the workshop "Language in the digital age"!

When: Friday 23rd November 2012, ca. 9:00–15:30
Where: Stacken, David Bagares gata 17, Stockholm, Sweden

Registration: By 15th November, via this webform:  www.spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/meta-nord-seminarium

Other: Participation is free, but registration is necessary since coffee and lunch will be served.  NB the workshop will mostly be in Swedish..

Contact: Martha D. Brandt (martha.brandt@svenska.gu.se

 

Preliminary program:

 

This workshop is held as part of the strategic effort of the European research network META-NET to promote the development of a multilingual European information society.   The workshop's focus is on the situation in Sweden and the description and study by META-NET in the Language White Paper "The Swedish Language in the Digital Age" (<http://www.meta-net.eu/whitepapers/volumes/ swedish>). The purpose of the workshop is to create a venue to highlight and discuss the situation from different perspectives.  This workshop is organized jointly by Språkbanken (The Language Bank) in Gothenburg and Språkrådet (The Language Council) and is made possible with economic support from the EU commission to the META-NORD project (<http://www.meta-nord.eu/>; the ICT PSP program, contract no. 270899). 

Date: 2012-11-23 09:00 - 15:30

Location: Stacken, David Bagares gata 17, Stockholm, Sweden

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Lars Borin and Elena Volodina are organizing a workshop during this year's SLTC in Lund.

Web page: NLP for computer assisted language learning

SLTC: http://nlp.cs.lth.se/events/sltc_2012/

Date: 2012-10-25 (All day)

Location: Lund University

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The Text Technology Lab will arrange a Faculty seminar on "Digital Humanities" togehther wit the department of literature, history of ideas and religion.

More information here: <http://www.lir.gu.se/forskning/digital-humaniora/> (in Swedish).

Date: 2012-10-31 10:00 - 15:15

Location: Lilla hörsalen, Renströmsgatan 6

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http://spraakbanken.gu.se/swe/Om%20oss/hoestworkshop

Date: 2012-10-17 13:00 - 17:00

Location: L100, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8

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Katarina Heimann Mühlenbock at the department of Swedish and Språkbanken will present her upcoming PhD thesis: "I see what you mean - Assessing readability for specific target groups".


Web page from the department calendar.

Date: 2012-09-10 15:00 - 18:00

Location: L308, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8

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