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SweLL on the rise: Swedish Learner Language corpus for European Reference Level studies.

Conference paper
Authors Elena Volodina
Ildikó Pilán
Ingegerd Enström
Lorena Llozhi
Peter Lundkvist
Gunlög Sundberg
Monica Sandell
Published in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016), May 23-28, 2016, Portorož, Slovenia
ISBN 978-2-9517408-9-1
Publisher European Language Resources Association
Place of publication Paris
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Swedish
Language en
Links www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2...
Keywords CEFR levels, learner corpus, digital resources for second language research
Subject categories Specific Languages, Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)

Abstract

We present a new resource for Swedish, SweLL, a corpus of Swedish Learner essays linked to learners’ performance according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). SweLL consists of three subcorpora – SpIn, SW1203 and Tisus, collected from three different educational establishments. The common metadata for all subcorpora includes age, gender, native languages, time of residence in Sweden, type of written task. Depending on the subcorpus, learner texts may contain additional information, such as text genres, topics, grades. Five of the six CEFR levels are represented in the corpus: A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1 comprising in total 339 essays. C2 level is not included since courses at C2 level are not offered. The work flow consists of collection of essays and permits, essay digitization and registration, meta-data annotation, automatic linguistic annotation. Inter-rater agreement is presented on the basis of SW1203 subcorpus. The work on SweLL is still ongoing with more that 100 essays waiting in the pipeline. This article both describes the resource and the “how-to” behind the compilation of SweLL.

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