MERLIN project documentation

Download MERLIN-related documents.

 

Using MERLIN

MERLIN User manual: Czech pdf | German pdf | Italian pdf | English pdf

Please download usage scenarios for the MERLIN platform in the section Using MERLIN.

 

Corpus: Tests and data preparation

Transcription guidelines pdf

Complete test tasks including a task description are available for download in the section MERLIN corpus.

MERLIN rating grid: Czech | German pdf | Italian pdf

Technical report : Report on the reliability and scale functionality of the MERLIN written speech sample ratings, by O. Bärenfänger

 

Annotations: Annotation scheme and annotation process

Annotation manual pdf

MERLIN annotation scheme pdf

Documentation of additional annotation issues pdf

 

MERLIN conference presentations

Andrea Abel & Katrin Wisniewski. MERLIN - die mehrsprachige Plattform für die europäischen Referenzniveaus at the 6th ÖGSD Conference in Salzburg, November 2015 (accepted).

Katrin Wisniewski. Empirisch gestützte Arbeit mit dem GeRS: Zur Einschätzung schriftlicher Leistungen in Deutsch, Tschechisch und Italienisch als Fremdsprachen mit dem Lernerkorpus MERLIN. 26. Kongress der deutschen Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung in Ludwigsburg, September/October 2015 (accepted).

Katrin Wisniewski. Empirical correlates of CEFR vocabulary and coherence level descriptions in learner language: A non-circular corpus-based validation approach. Third Learner Corpus Research Conference, Nijmegen, September 2015 (accepted).

Katrin Wisniewski, Andrea Abel & Verena Lyding. The MERLIN platform: exploring CEFR-related learner texts. Software demo at the Third Learner Corpus Research Conference, Nijmegen, September 2015 (accepted).

Katrin Wisniewski.  Empirical validity evidence for the Common European Framework of Reference scales. 12th Conference of the European Association of Language Testing and Assessment, Kopenhagen, May 2015 (accepted).

Štindlová, B./Čurdova V. (2015): MERLIN: Multilingvální platforma pro evropské referenční úrovně pdf. In: Časopis pro moderní filologii, dvojčíslo u příležitosti 20. výročí ČNK. http://cmf.ff.cuni.cz/?q=en (accepted).

Abel, Andrea: „Der Gemeinsame europäische Referenzrahmen für Sprachen und MERLIN: eine Ressource für Lehrende und Lernende“, 11. bundesweites Seminar „Interkulturalität und Mehrsprachigkeit in der schulischen Praxis“, vom 20.-21.03.2015, in Graz (AT), Programme pdf

Katrin Wisniewski. MERLIN: Eine Plattform zur Veranschaulichung der Niveaustufen des Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmens für Sprachen. Conference organized by the MSZ of the Technical University of Dresden: Online-Lernszenarien für Sprachlehre, Weiterbildung und Studium, October 2014. (slides pdf)

Katrin Wisniewski. Der Beitrag von Lernerkorpora zur Konstruktion und Validierung von Bewertungsskalen. GAL-Kongress, Marburg, September 16-19, 2014. (slides pdf)

Barbora Štindlová & Veronika Čurdová. MERLIN Multilingvální platforma pro evropské referenční úrovně. Korpusová lingvistika, Prague, September 2014. (slides pdf)

Adriane Boyd, Jirka Hana, Lionel Nicolas, Detmar Meurers, Katrin Wisniewksi, Andrea Abel, Karin Schöne,  Barbora Štindlová & Chiara Vettori: The MERLIN Corpus. Learner language and the CEFR. Poster presentation at the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference in Reiykjavik,  26. Mai-1.Juni 2014. European Language Resources Association (ELRA). (poster pdf)

Katrin Wisniewski. MERLIN - a multifunctional trilingual learner corpus related to the CEFR. 11th EALTA Conference in Warwick, UK, May 29 - June 1, 2014. (slides pdf)

Barbora Štindlová, Veronika Čurdová, Petra Klimešová, Eva Levorová:  ŽÁKOVSKÝ KORPUS MERLIN: JAZYKOVÉ ÚROVNĚ A TROJJAZYČNÁ CHYBOVÁ ANOTACE, June 2014. (slides pdf)

Barbora Štindlová &  Veronika Čurdová. MERLIN: Illustrating European Reference Levels in Three Languages. Conference on Grammar and Corpora, Warsaw, June 2014. (slides pdf)

Katrin Wisniewski, Andrea Abel. The CEFR level descriptions and empirical learner data: MERLIN, a multi-lingual corpus initiative. CEFR Web Conference, March 2014. (slides pdf)

Katrin Wisniewski. Giving a Voice to the Learner. Using the Multilingual MERLIN Learner Corpus Related to the Common European Framework of Reference for Scale Validation. Second Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference (APCLC 2014), Hong Kong, March 7-9, 2014.

Lionel Nicolas: MERLIN: An Online Trilingual Learner Corpus Empirically Grounding the European Reference Levels in Authentic Learner Data. ICT for Language Learning Conference in Florence, 6th edition, November 2013. (poster pdf)

Julia Hancke and Detmar Meurers. Exploring CEFR classification for German based on rich linguistic modeling pdf. Learner Corpus Research 2013. Book of Abstracts, pp. 54-56. Bergen, Norway, September 27-29, 2013. (slides of the talk pdf)

Andrea Abel, Lionel Nicolas, Jirka Hana, Barbora Štindlová, Serhiy Bykh and Detmar Meurers. A Trilingual Learner Corpus illustrating European Reference Levels pdf. Learner Corpus Research Conference 2013, Book of Abstracts, Bergen, Norway, September 27-29, 2013.

Andrea Abel. Lernertexte zuverlässig bewerten: Die mehrsprachige Plattform für die Europäischen Referenzniveaus MERLIN. IDT 2013, Bolzano, Italy, July 29 - August 3, 2013. (slides pdf)

Katrin Wisniewski. Poster: Illustrating and Researching the Common European Framework Levels with a Multilingual Online Platform. The 35th Language Testing Research Colloquium, Seoul, Korea, July 3-5, 2013.

 

MERLIN publications

Abel, Andrea; Wisniewski, Katrin; Nicolas, Lionel; Boyd, Adriane; Hana, Jirka; Meurers, Detmar (2014): A Trilingual Learner Corpus illustrating European Reference Levels. In: Ricognizioni – Rivista di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne 2 (1), 111-126. 

Katrin Wisniewski. Die Validität der Skalen des Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmens für Sprachen.Eine empirische Untersuchung der Flüssigkeits- und Wortschatzskalen des GeRS am Beispiel des Italienischen und des Deutschen. Language Testing and Evaluation vol.33, Frankfurt am Main 2014

Adriane Boyd, Jirka Hana, Lionel Nicolas, Detmar Meurers, Katrin Wisniewski, Andrea Abel, Karin Schöne, Barbora Štindlová and Chiara Vettori. The MERLIN corpus: Learner Language and the CEFR pdf. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Reykjavik, May 26-31, 2014.

Katrin Wisniewski, Karin Schöne, Lionel Nicolas, Chiara Vettori, Adriane Boyd, Detmar Meurers, Andrea Abel, Jirka Hana. MERLIN: An online trilingual learner corpus empirically grounding the European Reference Levels in authentic learner data. ICT for Language Learning 2013, Conference Proceedings pdf Libreriauniversitaria.it. Edizioni, Florence, Italy, November 14-15, 2013.

 

 

The MERLIN corpus has been used in the following master's theses:

Tina Schönfelder. REQUESTS im Italienischen und Deutschen als Fremdsprache . Master's thesis, TU Dresden, February 2014

Tassja Weber. Verbvalenz und Rektion im Bereich Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Eine korpusgestützte Analyse zweier Verbgruppen . Master's thesis, TU Dortmund. 2013

Julia Hancke. Automatic Prediction of CEFR Proficiency Levels Based on Linguistic Features of Learner Language . Master's thesis, University of Tübingen, April 2013

 

User modelling and user interface specification

Report on user study - part 1

Report on user study - part 2 / technical part

The user study conducted at the beginning of the project aimed at:

  • getting to know users' needs concerning the features of learner language that are considered most relevant,

  • getting to know users' needs concerning the illustration of CEFR levels,

  • collecting data as a basis for the development of experiential, user-based indicators describing L2-competence,

  • guaranteeing the adequacy of the tool on both a content and a technical level.

 

Written specification of interface capabilities

Draft of the platform structure (macrostructure)

Design specification of the user interface (microstructure)