– ANNIS Workshop (Feb 11th)

In linguistics we often need to reconcile diverse kinds of language data comprising annotation on different linguistic levels. A tool to search and visualize such data is ANNIS, “a web browser-based search and visualization architecture for complex multilayer linguistic corpora with diverse types of annotation”. To gain an insight into the complex architecture of ANNIS we will offer a one-day workshop.

The workshop will start with a general introduction to the public ANNIS installation explaining the surface, different possible types of annotations and ways of querying different corpora.
In a second block we will also get familiar with the local ANNIS version (ANNIS kickstarter) and the pepper framework in order to use ANNIS on our own laptops and how to import our own corpora into ANNIS.
In hands-on exercises there will be time to practice the query language on your own data.

Time: Tuesday, February 11th, 2020, 9am – 4pm
Place: UdS Campus, Building A2.2, Konferenzsaal

– Talk by Alexander Koller (A3, A7) in DFG lecture series „Exkurs“

On November 6, Alexander Koller, PI of SFB projects A3 and A7, gave a talk at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
Alexander’s talk „Hey, Siri! Ok, Google! – Wie Maschinen lernen, Sprache zu verstehen” was part of the DFG lecture series „Exkurs – Einblick in die Welt der Wissenschaft“ which aims at providing the public with insight into DFG funded research projects. Details on the talk can be found on the DFG website. An audio recording is also available on the DFG YouTube channel.

– Places available! Tutorial on Practical Statistics for Research in Machine Translation and Translation Studies (Nov 20)

Tutorial on Practical Statistics for Research in Machine Translation and Translation Studies
Antonio Toral (University of Groningen)

The tutorial will introduce a set of very useful statistical tests for conducting analyses in the research areas of Machine Translation (MT) and Translation Studies (TS).

For each statistical test, the presenter will:
1. introduce it in the context of a common research example that pertains to the area of MT and/or TS
2. explain the technique behind the test and its assumptions
3. cover common pitfalls when the test is applied in research studies, and
4. conduct a hands-on activity so that attendees can put the knowledge acquired in practice straight-away. All examples and exercises will be in R.

The following statistical tests will be covered:
– t-tests (both parametric and non-parametric)
– bootstrap resampling
– Pearson and Spearman correlation coefficients
– linear mixed-effects models.

This tutorial is relevant for researchers and students who would like to get a hands on approach, but is also open for those who would like to get a general idea on the topic.
It will take place on Wednesday, November 20, in the conference room of building C7.4 from 9:15 to 17:30.
A few places are still available! If you would like to participate, please send an email to by Tuesday, November 19, noon.

– PhD Day Feb 2020

The next PhD Day of SFB 1102 will take place February 10 in Building C7.4 (Conference Room) at Saarland University.

More information coming soon.