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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Integrating learner corpora and natural language processing: A crucial step towards reconciling technological sophistication and pedagogical effectiveness
Author: Sylviane Granger
Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain
Author: Olivier Kraif
Institution: Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3
Author: Claude Ponton
Institution: Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3
Author: Georges Antoniadis
Institution: Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3
Author: Virginie Zampa
Institution: Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Abstract: Learner corpora, electronic collections of spoken or written data from foreign language learners, offer unparalleled access to many hitherto uncovered aspects of learner language, particularly in their error-tagged format. This article aims to demonstrate the role that the learner corpus can play in CALL, particularly when used in conjunction with web-based interfaces which provide flexible access to error-tagged corpora that have been enhanced with simple NLP techniques such as POS-tagging or lemmatization and linked to a wide range of learner and task variables such as mother tongue background or activity type. This new resource is of interest to three main types of users: teachers wishing to prepare pedagogical materials that target learners' attested difficulties; learners themselves for editing or language awareness purposes and NLP researchers, for whom it serves as a benchmark for testing automatic error detection systems.


This article appears IN ReCALL Vol. 19, Issue 3.

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