News

– Joint paper by projects B6 & B7 accepted!

A joint paper by members of Projects B6 and B7 has been accepted for publication and will be presented at the International Conference on Spoken Language Translation @ACL 2020!

Bizzoni, Yuri; Juzek, Tom S; España-Bonet, Cristina; Chowdhury, Koel Dutta; van Genabith, Josef; Teich, Elke
How Human is Machine Translationese? Comparing Human and Machine Translations of Text and Speech
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Spoken Language Translation ACL (IWSLT 2020)

– C4: Two papers accepted for publication

Two papers by members of Project C4 have been accepted for publication and will be available soon:

“Visual vs. auditory perception of Bulgarian stimuli by Russian native speakers” (26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intellectual Technologies Dialogue 2020) by Irina Stenger and Tania Avgustinova

“The INCOMSLAV Platform: Experimental Website with Integrated Methods for Measuring Linguistic Distances and Asymmetries in Receptive Multilingualism” (Citizen Linguistics in Language Resource Development Workshop (CLLRD 2020) at the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020)) by Irina Stenger, Klára Jágrová and Tania Avgustinova

– Take part in our web-based intercomprehension experiments

About 2000 respondents have already taken part in our web-based intercomprehension experiments (http://intercomprehension.coli.uni-saarland.de/en/). Thank you all for participating and/or forwarding the link to as many people as possible!
We still need many, many participants from various (Slavic) language backgrounds. Furthermore, we have NEW audio experiments with Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, and Russian stimuli!

– New Research Topic in Frontiers: Rational Approaches in Language Science

Submission is now open for a new topic in FrontiersRational Approaches in Language Science – with topic editors Matthew Crocker, Gerhard Jäger, Gina Kuperberg, Hannah Rohde, Elke Teich and Rory Turnbull.

We invite manuscripts on rational explanations of

  • Language use: behavioural or neurophysiological evidence — whether production or comprehension — for rational processes of speech and language production and perception, as exemplified by expectation-based theories, Bayesian, and noisy-channel models of communication;
  • Language development: evidence for rational strategies in the acquisition of all levels of linguistic structure, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics;
  • Language change and language evolution: Corpus-based, typological, or simulation-based evidence regarding the emergent structure of human languages;
  • Situated language use: the influence of visual context and communicative goals. Examples include evidence for expectation-based mechanisms, pragmatic inference, as well as rational encoding strategies.

Keywords: rationality, information theory, bayesian modeling, surprisal theory, entropy, language evolution, psycholinguistics, language change, language production, language development

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