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New CLARIN K-Centre ACE supports researchers studying atypical communication

Submitted by Linda Stokman on


The new centre is designed to support researchers doing research on language and communication disorders, as well as researchers studying second language learning, bilingual language learning and sign languages. The Knowledge Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise (ACE) is a collaboration between the Centre for Language and Speech Technology from Radboud University and The Language Archive of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

For many of us it’s unimaginable to try to think of a world without seamless communication. But for 1 in 12 children and for millions of adults, struggling to communicate is still the reality of day-to-day life. Good quality research, using good quality research data, is crucial if we want to work towards improving their situation. We need it to increase our understanding of, for instance, processes in language learning, speech disorders, and mechanisms involved in sign language.

How and where to store

ACE will provide an all-round service for researchers working with data on atypical communication. Experts will provide help and advice on how to create new datasets on atypical communication, and how and where to store these datasets to make sure they are secure. They will maintain a helpdesk and organise workshops to help researchers make the most effective use of their research data. The Language Archive (TLA) offers a safe, secure archive for the datasets that researchers produce. They provide cutting-edge privacy and data protection securities, including strong authentication procedures, layered access to data and persistent identification.

ACE isn’t just for those who want to create their own datasets. Through The Language Archive, researchers will be able to get access to the resources donated by others.  For example, via The Language Archive, researchers can access the SLI RU-Kentalis database, which contains the results of language tests performed with 63 Dutch-speaking children with developmental language disorder (find access the dataset here).  A whole range of information can be found here; datasets of how language is used by deaf adults, by bilingual deaf children, or by children with ADHD (see the VALID website for more information).​

Data sharing, via archives like The Language Archive, is essential. It means that researchers don’t have to reinvent the wheel (so to speak) for every project; they can re-use the resources provided by others. And it means that every participant who takes part in a study can be sure that a better, more efficient, use is being made of the precious information they provide.


The Knowledge Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise (ACE) is acknowledged by and part of the CLARIN infrastructure. 

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Apply to be recognized as a K-Centre 

Have you considered to have your centre recognized as a CLARIN K-Centre, either on your own or together with other partners (possibly in other countries)? You can do so with not too much effort, and you can do so even if you are not active in CLARIN yet, and even if you are not in a CLARIN member country. For more information, have a look at the page on knowledge centres, in particular the instructions for applicants. It is also possible for an institution to join an existing distributed K-Centre as one more partner if you have expertise in the same area.