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On June 13, 2024 the president's office awarded PD Dr. Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb the title " Apl. professor". Our warmest congratulations!

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We are very proud to announce that the MA programme ‘Translation Science and Technology’ has been admitted to the renowned European Master’s in Translation network (EMT). EMT is a network of master’s degree programmes in the field of translation that aims at improving the quality of translator training and providing graduates with assistance for a successful career start. The membership in the EMT network is a quality mark for translation-related master’s degree programmes since the European…

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Starting from the winter term 2024/25, the M.A. programme “Translation Science and Technology” will be available as an international double degree. The students of the double degree will study at the University of Saarland during the first two semesters and then spend the second academic year at one of the partner universities. After completing their studies, they will receive two independent degrees. At the moment, the following universities participate in the double degree programme:…

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In collaboration with the National High Performance Computing (NHR), Saarland University will hold a In-Context Learning workshop on June 12th from 2 pm to 5 pm, organized by Paloma García de Herreros García, Israel A. Azime and Miaoran Zhang. This workshop can help people from all backgrounds explore the capabilities of LLMs. There will be a brief introduction on the topic focusing on a multilingual approach, followed by a hands-on session,  where people can utilize several NLP tasks to analyze…

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We are proud to announce that the paper "When your Rich Cousin Has the Right Connections: Unsupervised Bilingual  Lexicon Induction for Related Data-Imbalanced Languages." from Niyati Bafna, Cristina España-Bonet, Josef van Genabith, Benoît Sagot and Rachel Bawden has won the best student paper award at LREC-Coling 2024.

Congratulations to Niyati Bafna and her co authors!

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Numerous scientific publications from our department were accepted at Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
Congratulations to all authors!

"The Hidden Space of Transformer Language Adapters" by Jesujoba Oluwadara Alabi, Marius Mosbach, Matan Eyal, Dietrich Klakow and Mor Geva. "Why are Sensitive Functions Hard for Transformers?" by Michael Hahn and Mark Rofin. "Sign Language Translation with Sentence Embedding Supervision" by Yasser Hamidullah, Josef van… [...]

On Saturday, 08 June 2024 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saarland University will present its study programmes at the Open House Day.
We will be participating with a wide selection of topics, giving a look behind the scenes of our department, which offers innovative study programmes as well as interesting research projects. You are welcome to visit our information stands and talks and to take part in our interactive activities!

Our activities

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The project PINTS (pause-internal phonetic particles), coordinated by Bernd Möbius and Jürgen Trouvain and financed by DFG and partially by Mangold funds, has now been completed with three PhD theses. The topics were: "The phonetics of speech breathing: pauses, physiology, acoustics, and perception" by Raphael Werner (defended in October 2023), "Evaluating pause particles and their functions in natural and synthesized speech in laboratory and lecture settings" by Mikey Elmers (defended in…

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Since April 2024 Valentin Kany is a member of the phonetics group. In his PhD project, in cooperation with the chair of German as a foreign/second language (Prof. Haberzettl), his focus is on speech fluency of pre-school children. The project is partially supported by funds of Prof. Mangold, the founder of the phonetics group at our university. Apart from his research, Valentin is also active in teaching, e.g. in "Einführung in die Phonetik und Phonologie".

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The Conference of Computational Linguistics Students (TaCoS) will take place at Saarland University from May 16 to 18. TaCoS is an annual conference, which provides student a platform to present their projects related to Theoretical Linguistics, Natural Language Processing and  Digital Humanities.

The conference takes place at a different university each year and is organized by the students there with the support of their department and Junge Sprachwissenschaft e.V. Information about this…

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