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

Biography

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 (www.abair.ie) 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

Emer Gilmartin, Jaebok Kim, Alpha Diallo, Yong Zhao, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ketong Su, Yuyun Huang, Benjamin R. Cowan, Nick Campbell, CARAMILLA - Speech Mediated Language Learning Modules for Refugee and High School Learners of English and Irish, Proceedings of the Seventh ISCA workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education 2017, 7th ISCA workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2017), Stockholm, Sweden, 25-26 August 2017, edited by Olov Engwall, Jose Lopes and Iolanda Leite , KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden, 2017, pp138 - 143 Conference Paper, 2017

Criteria for evaluating a game-based CALL platform in, editor(s)Borthwick, Kate; Bradley, Linda; Thouësny, Sylvie , CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions - short papers from EUROCALL 2017, Voillans France, Research-publishing.net, 2017, pp229 - 234, [Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide] Book Chapter, 2017

Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Chiaráin, Wendler, C., Berthelsen, H., Murphy, A. and Gobl, C., The ABAIR Initiative: Bringing Spoken Irish into the Digital Space, INTERSPEECH 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017, pp2113 - 2117 Conference Paper, 2017 DOI

Emily Barnes, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Departures from the "norm": how the phonology, morphology and orthography of the Irish language impact on literacy instruction and acquisition, Exploring the Literacy Landscape: Celebrating 40 Years of Research and Practice, Literacy Association of Ireland 40th Annual Conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, 29-30 September 2016, edited by Brendan Culligan and Gene Mehigan , Literacy Association of Ireland, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Effects of Educational Context on Learners' Ratings of a Synthetic Voice, Proceedings of the 7th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2017), 7th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 25-26 August 2017, edited by Engwall, O., Lopes, J. and Leite, I. , KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden, 2017, pp47 - 52 Conference Paper, 2017

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 , Research-publishing.net, 2016, pp330 - 336 Conference Paper, 2016 DOI

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

Emer Gilmartin, Jaebok Kim, Alpha Diallo, Yong Zhao, Neasa Ni Chiarain, Benjamin R. Cowan, Ketong Su, Yuyun Huang and Nick Campbell, CARAMILLA - Speech Mediated Language Learning Modules, Proceedings of the 12th Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces eNTERFACE'16, eNTERFACE'16, Enschede, The Netherlands,, August 2016, edited by Truong, K. P. and Reidsma, D. , CTIT, 2016, pp61 - 65 Conference Paper, 2016

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 , Research-publishing.net, 2015, pp427 - 432 Conference Paper, 2015

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 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

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