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Dr. 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.
  2ND LANGUAGE   attidude & motivational studies of second-language learners   Autonomy in Language Learning   Celtic languages and literature   classroom second language learning/acquisition   Computer Assisted Language Learning   Corpus Linguistics   DIALOG   Discourse & Dialogue   Dyslexia and problems of written language   Education and minority language   Educational applications of Speech Technology   Game-based language learning   intelligent computer-assisted language learning (iCALL)   Irish Language   Irish speech and language technology   LANGUAGE   LANGUAGE ACQUISITION   Language and technology   LANGUAGE LEARNING   Language pedagogy   Learner corpora   Minority language education and maintenance   Natural Language Processing   ORAL LANGUAGE   Second language acquisition   Second language acquisition, socio-cultural and psychological aspects   Second language curriculum   SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNERS   Second Language Learning   SPEECH   Speech and Language Technology   Speech and Language Technology in Education   Speech processing/technology   SPEECH RECOGNITION   Speech synthesis   Speech technology   Technology and communication   Technology and language
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Medium
German Fluent Medium Medium
Irish Fluent Fluent Fluent
Muireann Áine Nic Corcráin, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Emily Barnes, Claire O'Neill, Irish language Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) - developing augmentative communication systems to assist with creating inclusive opportunities for Irish language users and L2 learners of Irish, Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) conference 2022, online, 7-8 April 2022, 2022, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Neasa Ní Chiaráin , An Scéalaí: Foghlaim (Ríomhchuidithe) na Gaeilge, Irish in Outlook: A Hundred Years of Irish Education, Trinity College, Dublin, 12-13 May 2022, 2022, Oral Presentation, ACCEPTED
Ghil'Ad Zuckermann, Sigurður Vigfússon, Manny Rayner, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Nedelina Ivanova, Hanieh Habibi, Branislav Bédi, LARA in the Service of Revivalistics and Documentary Linguistics: Community Engagement and Endangered Languages, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages, ComputEL-4 - 4th Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages, Online, 02-03 March 2021, ACL, 2021, pp13 - 23, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Elham Akhlaghi, Anna Bączkowska, Branislav Bédi, Harald Berthelsen, Cathy Chua, Catia Cucchiarini, Hanieh Habibi, Ivana Horváthová, Christèle Maisonniaux, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Manny Rayner, Assessing the Quality of TTS Audio in the LARA Learning-by-Reading Platform, EuroCALL 2021, Paris, France, 25 - 27 August 2021, 2021, Published Abstract, SUBMITTED
The Potential of Text-to-Speech Synthesis in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: A Minority Language Perspective in, editor(s)Alberto Andujar , Recent Tools for Computer- and Mobile-Assisted Foreign Language Learning, Hershey, PA, IGI Global, 2020, pp149 - 169, [Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The development of an online game-based simulation for the training of English language teachers in virtual environments in, editor(s)Frederiksen, Karen-Margrete; Larsen, Sanne; Bradley, Linda; Thouësny, Sylvie , CALL for widening participation: short papers from EUROCALL 2020,, 2020, pp334-341 , [Vasmatzoglou, Areti; Ní Chiaráin, Neasa], Notes: [], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Elham Akhlaghi, Branislav Bédi, Fatih Bektaş, Harald Berthelsen, Matthias Butterweck, Cathy Chua, Catia Cucchiarin, Gülşen Eryiğit, Johanna Gerlach, Hanieh Habibi, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Manny Rayner, Steinþór Steingrímsson and Helmer Strik, Constructing multimodal language learner texts using LARA: experiences with nine languages, Proceedings of LREC 2020, Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Marseille, France, 11-16 May 2020, European Language Resources Association, 2020, pp323-331 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Emily Barnes, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide & Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Unravelling complexity in bilingual phonemic awareness: the role of orthography, International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children, The Netherlands, 2020, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Emily Barnes, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide & Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Bilingual phonological awareness: when interdependence becomes interference, International Association for the Study of Child Language conference, Philadelphia, USA, 2020, Notes: [Conference postponed until 2021], Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Emily Barnes, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide & Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Deconstructing bilingual phonological awareness: the case for language-specific instruction, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, California, USA, July 2020, 2020, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED

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Award Date
Provost's Teaching Award - nominee 2020-21