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FYI: Abstract/Social Communication, Summer School

Author: Leonel Ruiz Miyares

FYI Body: Dear colleagues,

I am sending to you the most importan
aspects of the recently celebrated
7th International Symposium on
Social Communication.

Yours sincerely,

Eloina Miyares


Relevant aspects of the 7th International
Symposium on Social Communication
dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the
Foundation of the Center of Applied
Linguistics (Santiago de Cuba, January
22-26, 2001)

- Publication of the Proceedings with
280 papers from all participants
(1219 pages in two volumes).

- Participation of 122 foreigners specialis
from 22 countries: Germany (3), Argentina (8),
Austria (2), Brasil (8), Canada (10),
Colombia (6), Chile (2), Spain (16), USA (14),
France (9), Holland (5), UK (3), Ireland (1),
Italy (11), Jamaica (2), Japan (2), Kuwaitt (1),
Mexico (11), Peru (1), Poland (2),
Puerto Rico (3), and Sweden (2)).

- Particiption of 265 Cuban specialists.

- Dr. Mercedes Cathcart Roca, Professor
from University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba,
opened the Symposium with the talk:
"La validez del análisis del discurso
para la enseñanza de lenguas".

- The Congress had two Pre-Symposium
1. "Enseñanza de Español con fines específicos",
by Dr. Josefa Gómez de Enterría, Alcala
University, Spain.

2. "Ultimas tendencias de la Lingüística
Computacional", by Dr. Arantza Díaz
de Ilarraza, Universidad del País Vasco,

- The Symposium had the following key
1. "Variación fraseológica del Español", by
Dr. Kazumi Koike, University of Takushoku,

2. "Speech, Language and Gaze in Multi-modal
Navigation in Virtual Environments", by
Prof. Dr. Anton Nijholt, University of
Twente, Holland.

3. "Santiago de Cuba: su historia y su música",
by Lic. Oscar Ruiz Miyares, Ministry of Culture,
Santiago de Cuba.

4. "Regional Least-Cost Error Repair", by
Dr. Víctor Darriba, University La Coruña,

- The book "Vocabulario Inverso y Anagramas
del Español" developed by specialist from
Center of Applied Linguistics of Santiago
de Cuba and by specialists from National
Council of Science of Italy, was presented.

Dr. Eloina Miyares Bermudez
Executive Secretary 7ISSC
Center of Applied Linguistics
Ministery of Science, Technology
and Environmen
Santiago de Cuba

The Graduate School in Language and Communication (University of Southern
Denmark, Odense) announces its Summer School programme for 2001.

17-23 June: Workshop on Narrative Cognition and Culture.

This workshop will bring together distinguished researchers in
anthropology, linguistics (conversational analysis, psycholinguistics,
sociolinguistics), psychology and semiotics, to explore narrative from a
variety of perspectives, using diverse methods. The workshop will include
lectures by invited speakers as well as problem-oriented work in small
groups. All participants will be expected to be involved in research
directly relevant to the workshop theme, and PhD students will be
expected to give short presentations, in small groups, of their research
on narratives. Guest speakers: Jan Anward (Linköping University), Michael
Bamberg (Clark University), Rukmini Bhaya Nair (IIT-Delhi), Per Aage
Brandt (Aarhus University), Michael Chandler (University of British
Columbia), Charles Goodwin (UCLA), Marjorie H. Goodwin (UCLA), Elinor Ochs
(UCLA), Dan I. Slobin (UC Berkeley).
Organizers: Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen (Copenhagen University), Chris
Sinha (University of S. Denmark), Johannes Wagner (University of S.

PhD students wishing to participate in the workshop should send (1) a
brief description (half to one page) of their PhD project; (2) a statemen
of their own research on narrative, and the relevance of the workshop upon
their research (200 words max.); (3) in the case of PhD students from
outside Denmark, a statement of support from their supervisor/advisor.

The workshop is open to all interested participants, but numbers will be
limited and preference given to PhD students.

Location: "Kystgaarden", Nyborg Strand, Fyn, Denmark.

Workshop fee: DKK 3.800 (includes materials, board and lodging). See below
for details of accommodation and travel grants for non-Danish PhD students.

24-29 June. Courses in cognitive linguistics, language acquisition,
interaction, Information Technology

Course lecturers:
Nancy Budwig (Clark University)
Susanne Niemeyer (Bremen University)
Carol Chapelle (Iowa State University)
Caja Thimm (Bonn University)
Paul Drew (York University)
Gail Jefferson (Rinsumageest)

Location: University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Course fee: 500 (early bird) registration before March 31s
750 registration before May 31s

Grants are available for PhD students from outside Denmark who wish to
attend the summer school (either or both the workshop and the course
week). Grants cover board and lodging and DKK 1.000 towards travel

Further details and registration forms are found on

- -----------------------------------------------------
Johannes Wagner
University of Southern Denmark phone (45) 65 50 32 20
Language and Communication fax (45) 65 93 24 83
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense M

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