Role-playing and Dialogue System for Second Language Learners

DEAL is a multidisciplinary research platform where challenges and potential benefits of combining elements from computer games, dialogue systems and language learning can be explored.

In short, DEAL is a game with a spoken language interface designed for second language learners. DEAL sets the scene of a flea market where a talking animated agent is the owner of a shop where used objects are sold. The users are second language learners of Swedish who by talking to the embodied conversational agent in DEAL can practice their conversational skills. The practical motivation of DEAL was to build an application where conversational skills can be practised in a fun and meaningful context.

Group: Speech Communication and Technology

Preben Wik
Anna Hjalmarsson
Jenny Brusk

Duration: 2006-12-12 - 2010-12-12


Keywords: dialogue, language_learning

Related publications:


Hjalmarsson, A. (2010). Human interaction as a model for spoken dialogue system behaviour. Doctoral dissertation. [abstract] [pdf]

Hjalmarsson, A. (2010). The vocal intensity of turn-initial cue phrases and filled pauses in dialogue. In Proceedings of SIGdial (pp. 225-228). Tokyo, Japan. [abstract] [pdf]

Skantze, G., & Hjalmarsson, A. (2010). Towards Incremental Speech Generation in Dialogue Systems. In Proceedings of SIGdial (pp. 1-8). Tokyo, Japan. (*) [abstract] [pdf]

(*) Best Paper Award at SIGdial 2010


Edlund, J., Gustafson, J., Heldner, M., & Hjalmarsson, A. (2008). Towards human-like spoken dialogue systems. Speech Communication, 50(8-9), 630-645. [abstract] [pdf]

Hjalmarsson, A. (2008). Speaking without knowing what to say... or when to end. In Proceedings of SIGdial 2008 (pp. 72-75). Columbus, Ohio, USA. [abstract] [pdf]


Brusk, J., Lager, T., Hjalmarsson, A., & Wik, P. (2007). DEAL – Dialogue Management in SCXML for Believable Game Characters. In Proceedings of ACM Future Play 2007 (pp. 137-144). [abstract] [pdf]

Hjalmarsson, A., Wik, P., & Brusk, J. (2007). Dealing with DEAL: a dialogue system for conversation training. In Proceedings of SIGdial (pp. 132-135). Antwerp, Belgium. [abstract] [pdf]

Wik, P., Hjalmarsson, A., & Brusk, J. (2007). Computer Assisted Conversation Training for Second Language Learners. Proceedings of Fonetik, TMH-QPSR, 50(1), 57-60. [pdf]

Wik, P., Hjalmarsson, A., & Brusk, J. (2007). DEAL A Serious Game For CALL Practicing Conversational Skills In The Trade Domain. In Proceedings of SLATE 2007. [abstract] [pdf]

Published by: TMH, Speech, Music and Hearing

Last updated: 2012-11-09