From the 21st to the 25th of November the 52nd Students’ Conference on Linguistics (StuTS) took place in Berlin at the Free University and at the Technical University. A number of CLARIN-D developers have taken this opportunity to present the linguistic programs they work on to an audience of students of linguistics. The tutorials proposed by members of the CLARIN community were welcomed by the organizing committee, which resulted in all but one of the nine tutorials that were held at the conference having some CLARIN tool as a topic. This and the fact that CLARIN leaflets have always been available at the info table throughout the conference means that a considerable percentage of attendees had the chance to get to know CLARIN.
The tutorials were given by representatives from the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals (BAS), The Language Archive, the University of Tübingen (UT) and the Hamburg Centre for Language Corpora (HZSK).
The following tool presentations were given at the StuTS:
- EXMARaLDA (Fideniz Ercan & Yael Dilger, HZSK)
- SpeechRecorder (Christoph Draxler, BAS)
- WebMAUS (Thomas Kisler, BAS)
- Percy (Christoph Draxler, BAS)
- WebLicht (Marisa Delz, UT)
- ELAN (Alexander König, TLA)
- Arbil (Alexander König, TLA)
- LEXUS (Alexander König, TLA)
Thanks to extended and chained slots it was possible to also show more complex programs. The people from the HZSK, for example, had a longer slot to present the annotation program EXMARaLDA, BAS could show a tool chain for phonetic research (SpeechRecorder, WebMAUS, Percy) in a series of successive slots, and TLA had a complete morning consisting of three slots to show various tools for fields like annotation (ELAN) or lexicology (LEXUS). Regarding WebLicht attendees were especially interested in the available export formats. The attendance for all tutorials was very good which shows that there is quite some interest for these tools amongst young linguists.
All the presenters kept in view the link of their specific tool to the greater CLARIN infrastructure during their talks. This means that students also at least briefly heard about the more backend-oriented components like ISOcat and CMDI. All in all the CLARIN community made their presence felt during the whole conference and the presenters were able to interest a good number of students of linguistics for CLARIN and the tools that are being developed in this framework. Most students didn’t know there is already a large array of linguistic tools out there which can make their life a lot easier in many different areas. Therefore the StuTS can be seen as a considerable success for CLARIN.