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Thank you to all partcipants and speakers of the FLIPR workshop

On the 18th and 19th of June the FLIPR workshop took place organized by us, the ISLA team. During this multidisciplinary workshop, invited speakers presented their research on formulaic language in native and non-native speakers from different perspectives, such as psycholinguistics, L2 acquisition, and computational modelling.

Registration for the FLIPR workshop is now open!

During this multidisciplinary FLIPR workshop, invited speakers will present their research on formulaic language in native and non-native speakers from different perspectives, such as psycholinguistics, L2 acquisition, and computational modelling.

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New round of learning experiments at HAN

We started a new round of learning experiments at the HAN (University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen) in which Arabic learners of Dutch receive intensive training on Dutch idiomatic expressions through a Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) system. The students will be trained on various Dutch idiomatic expressions during the course of 4 weeks. They will perform different types of exercises, and receive corrective feedback. In this way, the students will learn Dutch idioms and we will receive insight in the factors that influence idiom learning.

Helmer Strik wins CLS Small Research Grant

Helmer Strik has been awarded a CLS Small Research Grant. With this grant, we will expand the mini-game on Dutch idiomatic expressions that Games for Health developed with input from Catia Cucchiarini, Ferdy Hubers, Michel Gerritse and the muZIEum. An enriched version of the game will be created that employs Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to allow spoken interaction.

Ton Dijkstra on Dutch television

The science television programme ‘De Kennis van Nu' featured Ton Dijkstra in the episode of Thursday April 13th on the bilingual brain. The short interview can be found around 06:00 min.

Watch the complete episode (in Dutch) below.

Valorisation Grant awarded to Ferdy Hubers

Ferdy Hubers has been awarded a Valorisation Grant. This grant of 1500 euros will be used to develop a simple game for blind and visually impaired people to test their knowledge of Dutch idiomatic expressions. This audio game will make use of speech synthesis and will be exhibited in the MuZIEum to show the possiblities of modern technology for blind and visually impaired people.

Prof. dr. Ton Dijkstra, dr. Catia Cucchiarini, and dr. Helmer Strik are the supervisors on this project.

ISLA successful at Drongo 2016!

Last weekend the Drongo language festival took place in the Jaarbeurs Exhibition Halls in Utrecht and ISLA was represented there as well. At our labs visitors were able to particpate in demo's of our behavioural experiments and they had the opportunity to test their knowledge on Dutch idiomatic expressions. The festival itself was very crowded and our labs were very busy. It was nice to talk to people about idiomatic language and to see that they were so enthousiastic about our test.

Festival visitors to help with a study of language expressions

Mastering expressions in a foreign language is often very difficult. PhD candidate Ferdy Hubers is going to this year’s Drongo language festival to test visitors on their knowledge of Dutch expressions. He will use his collected data to develop teaching materials.

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