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… [...]

Our department will present its study programmes at the upcoming information days.

Dr. Jürgen Trouvain will present the Bachelor complementary subject Phonetics on 9 March, at 3 p.m.

Dr. Stefan Thater will present our B.Sc. Computational Linguistics on 14 March, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Dr. Fadia Sauerwein and Rainer Egler will present the B.A. Language Science on 14 March, from 5 to 6 p.m.

All presentations will be held online via MS Teams.

Please welcome Dr. İpek Pınar Uzun, assistant professor and director of the phonetics lab in the Dept. of Linguistics at Ankara University. Her research visit is funded by an international postdoctoral research fellowship of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Pınar will be a visiting postdoc researcher in the Phonetics group. Her research interests are in speech science, prosody, and morphological productivity (especially novel compounds). She is looking forward to… [...]
Five papers of our department were accepted to ESSV 2022 as well as three papers to Speech Prosody 2022. Congratulations to all authors!

ESSV 2022 - 33rd Conference on Electronic Speech Signal Processing, 2-4 March 2022, Sønderborg, Denmark: Bistra Andreeva and Snezhina Dimitrova: Prosodic characteristics of Bulgarian-accented German. Mikey Elmers: Comparing detection methods for pause-internal particles. Jacek Kudera, Philip Georgis, Hasan Md Tusfiqur Alam, Bernd Möbius, Tania… [...]
Judeo-Spanish in Bulgaria: a contact language between archaism and innovation
Principle investigators: Bistra Andreeva (UdS), Tania Avgustinova (UdS), Susann Fischer (Hamburg), Christoph Gabriel (JGU Mainz)

This project has an empirical, corpus-linguistic and a theoretical goal. On the basis of newly collected data, the Judeo-Spanish spoken in Sofia (western Bulgaria) and Plovdiv (eastern Bulgaria) as well as the respective Bulgarian contact varieties will be contrastively analyzed. By… [...]
Professor Dr. Alexander Koller, Dr. Lucia Donatelli, and Masters student Theresa Schmidt were on the SR Aktueller Bericht on November 3. The three discussed the project they are currently working on to create an interactive cookbook, in which a home chef can interact directly with recipe text through a personalized dialogue system. The project is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and will last for three years. The group presented their work this week at the Empirical Methods in… [...]