Italian as a Foreign Language – Studies Generated from a Learner Corpus

Camilla Bardel

Technical Workshop Co-organized by:

Department of Italian, Initiative for Multilingual Studies, & Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Washington DC

Date: Tuesday, October 18th 2016
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: ICC 227 Participation may be limited due to space.

If you plan to attend, please register here: no later than Friday, October 14. Light refreshments will be served 

ABSTRACT: In this workshop Prof. Bardel will present the corpus InterIta, which consists of a collection of recordings of oral production and interaction of students of Italian at Stockholm University. The recordings have been transcribed in Chat format (MacWhinney, 2016) and the transcriptions can be explored with the CLAN software. This has allowed her, along with her research team, to conduct studies on the interlanguage of Swedish students learning Italian at different study levels. The learners represented in the corpus range from beginners to very advanced learners. There is also a parallel corpus of recordings and transcriptions of Italian native speakers, which has been used for comparisons. The InterIta corpus has been exploited in studies on L2 vocabulary and grammar as well as the interaction between L1 and L2 speakers. Prof. Bardel will illustrate how a learner corpus of oral data can be used, presenting data from some of these studies, and she will also show more in detail how the CLAN software can be used. The presentation will start with a short survey of Italian language studies in Sweden.

Camilla Bardel is Professor of modern languages and language education. She holds a Ph.D. in Italian from Lund University (2000) on the acquisition of negation in Italian as a foreign language. In 2010, she was appointed full professor of modern languages and language education. Between 2013 and 2014, she served as Professor of Italian at the Department of French, Italian and Classics at Stockholm University. At present, she is one of two vice deans at the Faculty of Humanities of Stockholm University. Her research interests lie within the broad field of language education. More specifically, her previous research projects concerned cross-linguistic influence in third language learning, advanced levels of foreign/second language learning, corpus linguistics and lexicography.