Two papers by the LSV group were accepted to this year's "ACL 2018 Workshop on Deep Learning Approaches for Low Resource Natural Language Processing (DeepLo)". Michael Hedderich and Dietrich Klakow present a method to train a neural network in a low-resource setting by using automatically annotated data and handling the noise in the labels. Clayton Greenberg, Mittul Singh and Dietrich Klakow explore the quality of embeddings of rare words, finding that below a certain number of occurrences,… [...]
The collaborative research centre 1102 "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has been granted approx. 11 million euros for a four-year extension starting in July 2018. The CRC directed by Elke Teich brings together around 60 scientists from the fields of Linguistics, Psychology and Computer Science to investigate the hypothesis that language variation and language use can be better understood in terms of a speaker's desire to rationally… [...]
Students wanting to study between four and nine months as a graduate student at a US university in the 2019-2020 academic year can now apply for a Fulbright Commission study scholarship. Scholarship holders will be supported with up to $ 34,500 and through an admission to the Fulbright network. The application deadline is 23 July, 2018. [...]
Sorcha Gilroy, a PhD student from Edinburgh working on graph parsing and the expressive power of recurrent neural networks, will be visiting Alexander Koller's group between 16.04 and 20.04. Rik van Noord (homepage), a PhD student from Groningen working on semantic parsing, will be visiting Alexander Koller's group between 23.04 and 27.04. [...]
Have a look behind the scenes of speech technology
Nowadays, translators must be able to do much more than "just" translate from one language into another. They need to know how to use translation programs, which do part of the work in these times of digitalization. Understanding this technology is a key skill for today's translators. In the Saarbrücken "Translation Science and Technology" Master's degree course specialising in linguistics and language technology, students learn exactly that.… [...]
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The next speaker in the Phonetics Colloquium is Ralph Rose (Waseda University) with a talk on: "Towards providing real-time feedback on speech fluency for L2 learner development" on Monday, March 12th, 16:00-17:30 (building C7.2, room 5.09). [...]
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted a three year extension of their funding for the research project "Phonetic convergence in human-computer interaction (CHIC)", directed by Prof. Bernd Möbius and Dr. Ingmar Steiner.

Phonetic convergence is an increase in similarity of the speech patterns of two interlocutors in communicative interaction. In the first year of funding we have demonstrated that human experimental subjects show patterns of phonetic convergence when being exposed to… [...]
Within the framework of the INTERREG "Digital Stones" project, a colloquium on the film cultural heritage of the Greater Region will take place from 13 to 15 November, 2017. The conference will deal with the accessibility, preservation and use of the film heritage and the film archive situation of the Greater Region.
In cooperation between the Saarland Film Office and Saarland University. [...]
The "Writing Systems"  exhibition will be on display in the foyer of building C7 3 from 19 October, 2017.
It gives an overview of the writing systems of different languages: Alphabets focus on vowels and consonants, other systems on syllables, others on morphemes, but also signs and melody are notated. Other exhibits deal with secret writing, artificial languages and technical aspects of written language encoding.
The exhibition is the result of a seminar of the same name and is organised by… [...]