We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jingqi Yan from Zhejiang Gongshang University (China) to join the Computer Science and Computational Linguistics Lab for one year as a visiting scholar. The research stay is funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Dr. Yan’s work falls in the fields of connective processing, causal relations, deaf studies and stylometry.

She is looking forward to a fruitful exchange with members of the department and will be happy if you visit her in C7 4 / 3.04. [...]
We are happy to announce that two papers from our department were accepted at Interspeech 2022. Congratulations to all authors! Integrating form and meaning: A multi-task learning model for acoustic word embeddings. Badr M. Abdullah, Bernd Möbius, Dietrich Klakow. Interspeech 2022. Cross-cultural comparison of gradient emotion perception: Human vs. Alexa TTS voices. Iona Gessinger, Michelle Cohn, Georgia Zellou, Bernd Möbius. Interspeech 2022. [...]
The German Research Foundation has granted the SFB 1102 funding for another period of four years. The SFB 1102 will receive about 14 million euros that, amongst other things, will be used to financially support 35 young researchers. [...]
The International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) is one of the largest and one of the earliest conferences for all aspects of phonetic research. Usually held every four years, there were 19 meetings since its inauguration in 1932. The 16th ICPhS in Saarbrücken was the first that made and maintained its proceedings online. With the financial support of the Max Mangold estate the Phonetics group at Saarland University in Saarbrücken has made the proceedings of earlier congresses available… [...]
On Saturday, 21 May 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saarland University will present its study programmes at the Open House Day that will be held on campus again for the first time in the last two years.
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!

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Four scientific contributions of our department were accepted for CogSci 2022. Congratulations to all authors! Modeling atypicality inferences in pragmatic reasoning. Ekaterina Kravtchenko, Vera Demberg. CogSci 2022. Spatial orientation abilities are predictive of perspective taking. Jia Loy, Vera Demberg. CogSci 2022. Individual Differences in a Pragmatic Reference Game. Alexandra Mayn, Vera Demberg. CogSci 2022. Pragmatics of Metaphor Revisited: Modeling the Role of Degree and Salience… [...]
11 scientific contributions of our department were accepted for LREC 2022. Congratulations to all authors! Abstract Meaning Representation for Gesture. Richard Brutti, Lucia Donatelli, Kenneth Lai, James Pustejovsky. LREC 2022. Logic-Guided Message Generation from Raw Real-Time Sensor Data. Ernie Chang, Alisa Kovtunova, Stefan Borgwardt, Vera Demberg, Kathryn Chapman, Hui-Syuan Yeh. LREC 2022. Tracing Syntactic Change in the Scientific Genre: Two Universal Dependency-parsed Diachronic… [...]
Three papers of our department were accepted to NAACL 2022. Congratulations to all authors! David Ifeoluwa Adelani, Jesujoba Oluwadara Alabi, Angela Fan, Julia Kreutzer, Xiaoyu Shen, Machel Reid, Dana Ruiter, Dietrich Klakow, Peter Nabende, Ernie Chang, et al. A Few Thousand Translations Go a Long Way! Leveraging Pre-trained Models for African News Translation. Long paper. NAACL 2022. Koel Dutta Chowdhury, Rricha Jalota, Josef van Genabith, Cristina Espana Bonet. Towards Debiasing… [...]
Raphael Werner received the "best student paper award" at the 33rd Conference on Electronic Speech Signal Processing (ESSV 2022):
Raphael Werner, Jürgen Trouvain, Beeke Muhlack, Bernd Möbius (2022): Perceptual categorization of breath noises in speech pauses. 33. Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (Sønderborg, DK; online). [...]
Assoc. Prof. Dr Aida Kasieva teaches translation at Manas University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. During her stay (20 Jan - 19 Apr) she researches on the "Implementation of Corpus Research Studies methodology for improving the first Kyrgyz corpus hosted by Universität des Saarlandes".  As a concrete and sustainable output of her stay the corpus will be expanded by one hundred words from the field of news and the Kyrgyz data will be hosted at our certified CLARIN-D centre.
Her stay is supported by the… [...]