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Living off the land:The Web as a source of practice texts for learners of less prevalent languages
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Computational Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9447-8544
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Computational Linguistics.
2002 (English)In: Third International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. Proceedings. Vol II. Las Palmas, Spain: ELRA. 2002., 2002, 411-418 p.Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on how to automatically locate text sources published on the World Wide Web in order to produce adequate and upto-date learning materials for second language learners of Nordic languages. The Web is an excellent source of authentic text materials.However, the large amount of information available on the Web makes search services necessary. Hence, we are developing Squirrel, aprototype Web meta-search service, described in this paper, which collects text material in the Nordic languages according to language,topic and difficulty level. Our primary target group consists of exchange students to Nordic institutions of higher education, and theirlanguage teachers, although in the longer perspective, we would also like to be able to do something for minority language communities. We describe the basic implementation of Squirrel, and present preliminary results from trying it out. Finally we discuss the (lack of) Web resources in less prevalent languages, and how we imagine that applications like Squirrel could fit into a second or foreign languagelearning situation.

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2002. 411-418 p.
Keyword [en]
information retrieval language resources computer-assisted learning
National Category
Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
Research subject
Computational Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80993OAI: diva2:558802
LREC 2002
Corpus-based language technology for computer-assisted learning of Nordic languages (The Nordic Language Technology Research Program 2000–2004, NorFA)
Available from: 2012-10-05 Created: 2012-10-05 Last updated: 2014-05-26

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