Creating Expert Knowledge by Relying on Language Learners: a Generic Approach for Mass-Producing Language Resources by Combining Implicit Crowdsourcing and Language Learning

Lionel Nicolas, Verena Lyding, Claudia Borg, Karen Fort, Katerina Zdravkova, Iztok Kosem, Jaka Čibej, Špela Arhar Holdt, Alice Millour, Alexander König, Christos Rodosthenous, Federico Sangati, Anisia Katinskaia, Anabela Barreiro, Lavinia Aparaschivei, Yaakov HaCohen-Kerner

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We introduce in this paper a generic approach to combine implicit crowdsourcing and language learning in order to mass-produce language resources (LRs) for any language for which a crowd of language learners can be involved. We present the approach by explaining its core paradigm that consists in pairing specific types of LRs with specific exercises, by detailing both its strengths and challenges, and by discussing how much these challenges have been addressed at present. Accordingly, we also report on on-going proof-of-concept efforts aiming at developing the first prototypical implementation of the approach in order to correct and extend an LR called ConceptNet based on the input crowdsourced from language learners. We then present an international network called the European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques (enetCollect) that provides the context to accelerate the implementation of this generic approach. Finally, we exemplify how it can be used in several language learning scenarios to produce a multitude of NLP resources and how it can therefore alleviate the long-standing NLP issue of the lack of LRs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventLanguage Resources and Evaluation Conference - [LREC 2020 was cancelled]
Duration: 11 May 202016 May 2020
Conference number: 12


ConferenceLanguage Resources and Evaluation Conference
Abbreviated titleLREC 2020
Other12th Edition of its Language Resources and Evaluation Conference was cancelled due to Covid 19 pandemic.
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