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September 15, 2013 - September 21, 2013
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  • The impact of study abroad on L2 Spanish null vs. overt subject pronoun variation

    Time: 01:00pm - 02:00pm 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 002


    Bret Linford, Sara Zahler, and Melissa Whatley


    In category: Second language acquisition


  • ASMA: A system for automatic segmentation and morpho-syntactic disambiguation of Modern Standard Arabic

    Time: 03:00pm - 04:00pm 

    Place: Ballantine Hall 015


    Muhammad Abdul-Mageed

    In this paper, we present ASMA, a fast and efficient system for automatic segmentation and fine grained part of speech (POS) tagging of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). ASMA performs segmentation both of agglutinative and of inflectional morphological boundaries within a word. In this work, we compare ASMA to two state of the art suites of MSA tools: AMIRA 2.1 (Diab et al., 2007; Diab, 2009) and MADA+TOKAN 3.2. (Habash et al., 2009). ASMA achieves comparable results to these two systems' state-of-the art performance. ASMA yields an accuracy of 98.34% for segmentation, and an accuracy of 96.26% for POS tagging with a rich tagset and 97.59%accuracy with an extremely reduced tagset.

    I may also put a slide about SAMAR, our system for subjectivity and sentiment analysis of Arabic social media.


    In category: Computational linguistics


September 19
September 20
  • Let theory inform practice: Connecting the dots between linguistics and teaching Chinese as a foreign language

    Time: 12:00pm - 01:15pm 

    Place: Student Building, Room 150


    Henghua Su

    “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” From a pedagogical perspective, linguistics is often perceived to be too theoretical to directly apply to teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Many Chinese instructors are discouraged to learn linguistics under the assumption that theory and practice are disconnected. To address their concerns, this presentation will discuss several prominent issues in Chinese language as examples to illustrate how these generally considered difficulty-to-teach aspects of the language could be explained with fundamental linguistic concepts and rules. My purpose is to raise Chinese pedagogues’ linguistic awareness and helping them teach more effectively.


    In category: Second language acquisition


September 21

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