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


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