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FYI: Lang. Learning Technology, Eurolinguistics

Author: Language Learning & Technology

FYI Body: We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 2, No. 2 of Language
Learning & Technology < >, an
international refereed online journal for second and foreign language

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Irene Thompson, Mark Warschauer, and Lucinda Hart-Gonzlez
Editors, Language Learning & Technology

Teaching Text and Context through Multimedia
by Claire Kramsch & Roger W. Andersen

"Reflective Conversation" in the
Virtual Language Classroom
by Marie-Nolle Lamy & Robin Goodfellow

Using Automatic Speech Processing for
Foreign Language Pronunciation Tutoring:
Some Issues and a Prototype
by Maxine Eskenazi

Considerations in Developing or
Using Second/Foreign Language Proficiency
Computer-Adaptive Tests
by Patricia A. Dunkel

"What's in a Gloss?"
A response to Lara L. Lomicka's "To Gloss
or Not to Gloss": An Investigation of Reading
Comprehension Online (Vol. 1, No. 2)
by Warren B. Roby

>From the Editors
by Irene Thompson, Mark Warschauer,
& Lucinda Hart-Gonzlez, Editors

On the Ne
Agora Language Marketplace
by Jean W. LeLoup & Robert Ponterio

Emerging Technologies
Mobile Computing and Language Learning
by Bob Godwin-Jones

News from Sponsoring Organizations

Oral Language Archive
Reviewed by Claire Bradin

Pasos Vivos 1
Reviewed by Joseph Collentine

Language Learning Online: Theory and Practice
in the ESL and L2 Computer Classroom
Reviewed by Jzsef Horvth

Theme: Literacies and Technologies

Foundation of the Eurolinguistic Circle
(Eurolinguistischer Arbeitskreis Mannheim)

We are pleased to announce the foundation of a new research and
educational centre intended for studying Europe as a linguistic and
cultural entity. The centre, under the name of EUROLINGUISTIC CIRCLE
representatives of the Universities of Mannheim, Tuebingen,
Heidelberg, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, and Olsztyn.

With its seat at the University of Mannheim, the centre's aim is to
promote European studies in order to provide a LINGUISTIC FRAMEWORK
for the process of the European unification. The unity and diversity
of European culture which, in Seton-Watson's words, "is simply the
end-product of 3000 years of labour by our diverse ancestors" canno
be preserved and secured without due attention to linguistic aspects.

At least two points seem to show clearly the utmost importance of
these aspects. The first is self-evident. It is language that both
unites people and isolates one community from another, hence the
importance of encouraging multilingualism, starting from pre-school
and school education. As easily understood, this cannot be achieved
without in-depth theoretical studies and practical application of
contact linguistics to be done by professional linguists. The second
point is concerned with the role played by language in its capacity of
being the FOUNDATION OF CULTURE. Specific languages mirror in the
crystallised way the experience of the communities that speak them;
put another way, each language mirrors the worldview of its speakers
as coded in the language's lexicon, grammar, and discourse
patterns. Hence the importance of defining 'isomeric lines', that is,
'curves' running through areas where one finds comparable lexical
(isoglosses), grammatical, and discourse patterns as seen against the
background of ethnocultural identities.

The Eurolinguistic Circle is planning to hold the Second Symposium on
Eurolinguistics jointly organised by the Universities of Mannheim,
St. Petersburg, and Stockholm in Pushkin/St. Petersburg (Sept. 10-16,
1999). The programme of the Symposium will be mailed out shortly.

Prof. Dr. P. Sture Ureland
Seminar fuer Allgemeine Linguistik
D-68131 Mannheim,
Schloss EW 294
Tel. 0621-292-5563
Tel. 0621-292-1439 (Sekretariat)
FAX 0621-292-5563

Prof. Dr. Vadim B. Kassevitch
Dept. of General Linguistics
Univ. of St. Petersbug
199034, 11, Univ. nab., St.Petersburg
phone +7/812 314-6123 (home)
FAX +7/812 328-1346 (office)

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Prof. Dr. Vadim B. Kassevitch (Univ. of St. Petersburg)
P.O.Box 14, St. Petersburg, 191025, Russia
Phone (7-812) 314-6123 (home), Fax (7-812) 3281346 (office)

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