Neasa Ni Chiarain
Ussher Assistant Professor, C.L.C.S.


Neasa Ní Chiaráin is working on the development of speech and language technology for Irish, particularly on Irish language synthetic voices as part of the ABAIR initiative ( in the Phonetics and Speech Lab, CLCS. As well as working on the development of the underpinning linguistic resources needed for synthesis, her research focuses on exploring the application of speech and language technology in a Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) context, particularly for the teaching/learning of Irish.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Chatbot Technology with Synthetic Voices in the Acquisition of an Endangered Language: Motivation, Development and Evaluation of a Platform for Irish, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016), Portoro , Slovenia, 23-28 May 2016, edited by Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis , European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 2016, pp3429 - 3435 Conference Paper, 2016

Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Faking Intelligent CALL: the Irish context and the road ahead, Proceedings of the joint workshop on NLP for Computer Assisted Language Learning and NLP for Language Acquisition at SLTC, Umeå, Sweden, 16/11/2016, edited by Elena Volodina, Gintarė Grigonytė, Ildikó Pilán, Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam, Lars Borin , (130), Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet, 2016, pp60 - 65 Conference Paper, 2016

Ní Chiaráin, N., & Ní Chasaide, A., The Digichaint interactive game as a virtual learning environment for Irish, Proceedings of CALL communities and culture - short papers from EUROCALL 2016, Limassol, Cyprus, edited by Salomi Papadima-Sophocleous, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny ,, 2016, pp330 - 336 Conference Paper, 2016 DOI

Ní Chiaráin, N., & Ní Chasaide, A., Evaluating Synthetic Speech in an Irish CALL Application: Influences of Predisposition and of the Holistic Environment, Proceedings of SLaTE 2015: ISCA International Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, Leipzig, Germany, edited by S. Steidl, A. Batliner, & O. Jokisch , 2015, pp149-154 Conference Paper, 2015

Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Chiaráin, N., Berthelsen, H., Wendler, C., & Murphy, A., Speech Technology as Documentation for Endangered Language Preservation: The Case of Irish, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences , Glasgow, Scotland, 2015, pp1-5 Conference Paper, 2015

Ní Chiaráin, N., & Ní Chasaide, A. , The TATL framework for CALL development., Critical CALL - Proceedings of the 2015 EUROCALL Conference, Padova, Italy, edited by Francesca Helm, Linda Bradley, Marta Guarda, Sylvie Thouësny ,, 2015, pp427 - 432 Conference Paper, 2015

Ní Chiaráin, N., & Ní Chasaide, A. , Evaluating text-to-speech synthesis for CALL platforms. , Antwerp CALL 2014: International CALL Research Conference, Antwerp: University of Antwerp, 2014, pp104-110 Conference Paper, 2014

Cabral, J., Campbell, N., Ganesh, S., Gilmartin, E., Haider, F., Kenny, E., Kheirkhah, M., Murphy, A., Ní Chiaráin, N., Pellegrini, T., Rey Orozko, O., MILLA - Multimodal Interactive Language Learning Agent, DialWatt - Semdial 2014. The 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Edinburgh, Scotland, edited by V. Rieser & P. Muller , 2014, pp164-166 Conference Paper, 2014

Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Chiaráin, N., Wendler, C., Berthelsen, H., Kelly, A., Gilmartin, E., Uí Dhonnchadha, E., Gobl, C., Towards personalised, synthesis-based content in Irish (Gaelic) language education, Proceedings of the ISCA Special Interest Group link (SIG) on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) , Venice, Italy, 2011, pp29-32 Conference Paper, 2011