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One busy month

I have been really busy with my other app and conferences so I didn't push out any new releases of AuBlog, and it shows in my active installs. The active installs are staying pretty constant.

I have a couple of projects to work on before I can release version 2 of AuBlog which I would like to make GUI-free and really focus down on a couple of core features. I'm targeting January...



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Recording voice, eye-gaze and touch on Android tablets

We presented our codebase which records voice, eye gaze and touch on Android tablets at the Academy of Aphasia annual meeting a few weeks ago. Our poster is here



2011      (with A. Marquis and A. Achim) "Aphasia Assessment on Android: recording voice, eye-gaze and touch for the BAT," Academy of Aphasia 49th Annual Meeting, Montréal.

I wanted to make it as easy as possible to reuse our code so I made a couple of videos to walk through the project and explain it in non-technical terms.

The first video talkes about the Android side which simply collects the video, audio and touch data.




The second video talks about the "server side" where a lot of the open source repositories are used and the really exciting data extraction and analysis takes place.



The third video gives an overview of how to get the code.



The fourth video is a lot longer than the others because it shows how you can adapt the project to your own experiment and also how you can use GitHub to manag…

"Bébés Bescherelle" aka recent proof that morphosyntax is acquired as young as 11 months

Bébés Bescherelle !Catégories :Sciences humainesRecherche et créationDiplômésProfesseurs Par Pierre-Etienne Caza Depuis une quarantaine d'années, les spécialistes du développement du langage affirment que les verbes sont complexes à apprendre. C'est pour cette raison qu'ils apparaîtraient si tard - autour de l'âge de 18 mois - dans la parole des enfants. Mais cela ne veut pas dire que ces derniers n'ont pas commencé à décoder les subtilités de la conjugaison bien avant. «Les enfants sont en mesure de reconnaître les terminaisons verbales dès l'âge de 11 mois», affirme Alexandra Marquis, qui publie cet automne les résultats étonnants de ses recherches doctorales dans la revue Cognition, en collaboration avec sa directrice de recherche, la professeure Rushen Shi, du Département de psychologie. Cette recherche, la première au monde qui démontre la capacité d'analyser des mots conjugués chez les bébés si jeunes, est née d'une remise en question d&#…

Researchers with Open Data or Open Source are more likely to be cited

At the ETAP2 (Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody) conference a strange thing happened while I was presenting my poster. A guy came over and spent about a half an hour talking to me about Open Data and Open Source. I got the sense that he was recruiting for something, but I assumed he was probably a professor looking for grad students.

After looking him up on the internet I discovered Heather Piwowar a PostDoc in Data One, a project sponsored at NASA to encourage researchers to keep their data (and their research) open and available. From what I can see they have some publications which show that if you keep your data open, and your source open, you're far more likely to be cited, which makes sense, people can open your data and look at it. By opening your data, you bring interest to your data and your research.

I'm trying to put my finger on why we as linguists are not completely confident in opening our data. I think one part of it is that we think someone else …