Archive for June, 2013

Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE)

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) promotes the use of speech and language technology for educational purposes, and provides a forum for exchanging information regarding recent developments and other matters of interest related to this topic. For further information see

ISCA-SIG SLaTE is delighted to announce its next workshop to be held in Grenoble, France on August, 30-31 & September 1st, 2013, just after Interspeech 2013 in Lyon (~1 hour by train/car) .

SLaTE-2013 is being organized by Pierre Badin, Thomas Hueber, Gérard Bailly, Didier Demolin, (GIPSA-lab, Grenoble) and Françoise Raby (LIDILEM, Grenoble), within the framework of the ISCA-SIG SLaTE.

Workshop Themes

The workshop welcomes all topics related to speech and language technology for education (SLaTE).
This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

• Speech technology for first and second language learning and acquisition

• Natural language processing for education

• Spoken dialogue systems for education

• Applications using speech and/or natural language processing for education

• Intelligent tutoring systems using speech and natural language

• Development of language resources for SLaTE applications

• Assessment and user studies of SLaTE methods and applications

• Research on first and second language

• Theoretical and methodological issues in SLaTE

• Pronunciation pedagogy and phonetic correction

• Use of speech synthesis for language learning

• Serious games in SLaTE

• Language learning and disability

• Speech and Language Technology for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths)

An interdisciplinary symposium on the contribution of Human Language Technologies to the future of Language Learning: Call for papers: HLT4LL 2013

Monday, June 24th, 2013

11-12 November 2013: Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
12 November 2013: Videoconferencing with Radboud University Nijmegen and KU Leuven Kulak

Nick Ellis, Maxine Eskenazi, John Nerbonne, Mathias Schulze, Isabel Trancoso

The HLT4LL 2013 symposium will address the possibilities and challenges of using human language technologies (HLT) for language learning (LL) (HLT4LL). We define HLT4LL as any use or integration of language and speech technology to structure, facilitate (support) and evaluate the language learning process. To fully acknowledge and address the complexity of this interdisciplinary domain, the symposium aims to bring together representatives from various but related research fields: language and speech technology, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics (learner and bilingual corpora), data-driven language learning, (second) language acquisition, language pedagogy, computer assisted language learning (CALL), educational technology, semantic web, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction (HCI/CHI), etc.
This symposium is intended to provide a state-of-the-art overview of this interdisciplinary domain for people from academia, educational institutions, industry, as well as for policymakers.

Registration and participation are free of charge.
If you want to register, send an email to
Mention if you want to be present in Stellenbosch, Nijmegen or Kortrijk.
The number of available places is limited, we thus might have to select.

We hereby solicit contributions to the research workshop on 12 November 2013.
Potential authors are invited to submit a proposal for a paper or poster session related to any of the mentioned fields. Submissions can also provide feedback on the use of current applications, or suggest possible ways of optimization and propose future developments, based on a systematic investigation of the subject. All submissions will be subjected to peer review; only a limited number of contributions will be presented at the workshop. During the workshop, presenters will get feedback from the keynote speakers.
During the research workshop, video conferencing facilities will be available at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and at KU Leuven Kulak (Kortrijk, Belgium), which will allow researchers to present their work from remote locations.
We are considering inviting presenters to submit full-length papers after the workshop, which may be published in a special issue of an authoritative, interdisciplinary and international journal in the field.

- 09/06/2013: Deadline for submission of extended abstract (max. 1000 words)
- 14/07/2013: Notification of acceptance
- 31/07/2013: Early-bird registration for accepted authors
- 11/11/2013: Start of symposium at Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
- 11/11/2013: Informative meeting for a general audience, incl. demo’s
- 12/11/2013: Research workshop (videoconferencing with RU Nijmegen and Kulak Leuven)

Proposals must be sent to by 9 June 2013.

Catia Cucchiarini & Helmer Strik (Centre for Language and Speech Technology, Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Frederik Cornillie & Piet Desmet (ITEC, KU Leuven Kulak & iMinds, Belgium)
Febe de Wet (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)


2013 LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Conference, Stellenbosch

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The organising committee is happy to report that 130 papers will be read at the conference and that we have received 205 registrations thus far.

The venues’ room numbers and the chairs’ names have been added to the programme – the final version is available on the conference website ( For those who have not registered yet: The late registration fee is R2 100 (R1 000 for students), but it is also possible to attend just one or two specific days for R500 per day. Please contact me, Alta van Rensburg, at or 021 808 2231 in this regard.

Then, a reminder that speakers at the conference have the opportunity to submit their full papers to be considered for publication in SPIL PLUS, a Department of Education-accredited open source journal published by Stellenbosch University’s Department of General Linguistics. The deadline for submission has been extended to 26 July 2013.

Places are still available in the following pre-conference workshops presented on Monday 1 July:

  • The linguistics of literacy in foundation phase learning (Mark de Vos & Jenny Katz)
  • Heteroglossic teaching and learning practices in the university (applied) language classroom (Taryn Bernard, Zannie Bock, Susan Brokensha, Lauren Onraët, Marcelyn Oostendorp & Peter Pluddemann)
  • Software for corpus linguistics (Sally Hunt)
  • Language planning in higher education: Navigating the stress line between institutional and individual multilingualism (Leon de Stadler & Vic Webb)

More information on these workshops is available at