AACL 2013- American Association for Corpus Linguistics , San Diego, California

Contact Information
AACL 2013
San Diego State University
c/o Eniko Csomay
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6060
Fax: 619.594.6281
Email: aacl2013@gmail.com

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Pre conference workshops

Basic statistics with R

Workshop leader: Stefan Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Friday, January 18, 9 am -12 noon
Location: EBA 419

This pre-conference workshop aims at linguists who would like to learn about using the open source software and programming language R for the statistical analysis of corpus data.

I will introduce
- how to load data into R for statistical analysis;
- how to compute descriptive statistics such as frequency tables, means/medians, measures of dispersion, correlation coefficients, and distributions;
- how to compute basic monofactorial tests for each of the above statistics;
- how to generate simple graphs representing each of the above statistics.

No knowledge of R is required, but a very elementary understanding of the logic of statistical thinking is (along the lines of pp. 1-7 of this paper).

We are sorry but this Pre-Conference Workshop is now full.

Creating a corpus of spoken learner language using CAST (Computer Assisted Screening Tool)

Workshop facilitator: M. Trevor Shanklin (LARC, San Diego State University)
Friday, January 18, 9 am -12 noon
Location: EBA 410

This pre-conference workshop aims at any researcher who would like to build a corpus using the online oral proficiency test CAST.  Participants will receive researcher/admin accounts to access test results in any of the 13 languages currently available: Arabic, Chinese, ESL, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish. The test exists at two levels (advanced and  intermediate) in most languages. The goal of the test is to provide feedback to test-takers on their estimated ability to score at these levels in an official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.  In the workshop participants will:

  1. access tests and download  responses;
  2. correlate test results with demographic information;
  3. compare methods for analyzing and reporting on data.

Please go to http://cast.sdsu.edu to look at the current CAST website.  At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to use the CAST framework for research, administering their own tests or using LARC test results.

Recent Publication:  Shanklin, M. T. 2012. Completing the feedback loop:  Creating spoken learner corpora, in Thomas, J. and A. Boulton (Eds.). Input, process and product:  Developments in teaching and language corpora. Masaryk University Press. pp. 298-313.