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Author: E. Wayles Browne

FYI Body: Workshop Announcemen

Teaching linguistics to nonlinguists:
Integrating linguistics into undergraduate curricula

This is to announce the NEH-funded workshop on teaching linguistics to
nonlinguists being held this summer at the LSA Linguistic Institute,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. The goal is to involve present and
future linguistics teachers in discussion of ways to broaden the scope
of linguistics teaching, with a special emphasis on college and
university undergraduate courses. Participation is welcome from all
who are interested in this topic.

The tentative schedule appears below, with already identified
presenters listed. Except for Week 2, all sessions will be held from
9:30-12:30 on Wednesdays, with a refreshment break and plenty of time
for discussion. Week 2 has no special session for this workshop bu
offers a series of events in a complementary NSF-funded workshop on
the use of computers in linguistics teaching. All five of the NEH
Wednesday workshop sessions (Week 1 and Weeks 3-6) will have a
strongly practical bent, with an aim to helping people figure out wha
to do in their classrooms. We hope that experienced teachers of
linguistics will come as well as students who hope to teach
linguistics in the future.

* Week 1 Strategies for finding out what is happening in teaching

June 25

Coordinated Abigail C. Cohn (Cornell) and Richard Larson (SUNY a
Stony Brook)

The first session will emphasize general resources for finding ou
what is already going on in teaching linguistics, with special
attention to what's on the web.

* Week 2 Computer-based methods and materials

In lieu of a regular workshop session during the second week,
participants will be invited to participate in a complementary
NSF-funded week-long workshop on computer-based methods and materials
for teaching linguistics and the language sciences, organized by
Richard Larson (SUNY at Stony Brook) and Barbara Lust of Cornell's
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, working with
student assistant Fangfang Guo. For a schedule, see

* Week 3 How can we enrich "introduction to linguistics"
July 9

Coordinated by David Silva (University of Texas at Arlington), working
with Molly Diesing (Cornell) and D. Robert Ladd (Edinburgh)

How can basic general introductory courses in linguistics be designed
to be of interest and value to people who are not necessarily
interested in advanced study of linguistics? This is the key question
addressed in this session.

* Week 4 Language variation and other sociolinguistic phenomena as a
"hook" for teaching linguistics
July 16

Coordinated by Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State), working with David
Silva (University of Texas at Arlington) and D. Robert Ladd

The coordinators will emphasize the use of local variation to
demystify linguistics and make its tools and methods of real immediate
value to anyone with curiosity about how they and others around them

* Week 5 How does linguistics connect to language and literary
July 23

Coordinated by William Ladusaw (University of California at Santa
Cruz), working with Wayne Harbert (Cornell)

A major focus of this session will be on ways that the study of
English and other languages can create a shared basis of knowledge on
which further investigations of language structure and use can be
grounded. How can linguistics teachers build on students' preexisting
interests in particular languages and their literatures?

* Week 6 Where do we go next?
July 30

Coordinated by Sally McConnell-Ginet (Cornell), with help from
presenters in previous workshops and others

The final session will invite panelists and other participants to
reflect on how we can build on the ideas suggested in earlier
sessions. In particular, we might discuss development of a few
exemplary courses, with materials for these courses to be widely
distributed, both electronically and in more traditional formats.

Suggestions and information on resources will be welcome at any time;
just contact the organizers, Sally McConnell-Ginet (smg9@cornell.edu)
or Abigail C. Cohn (acc4@cornell.edu) or any of the session
coordinators. We encourage all participants to bring materials tha
might be helpful--e.g., sample syllabi, exercises or activities you
have found especially effective, information on video or other
multi-media resources.

Sally McConnell-Gine
Professor of Linguistics
Director of 1997 LSA Linguistic Institute
Department of Linguistics
Morrill Hall, Cornell
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-6469 (Linguistics office: 255-1105)
FAX: 607-255-2044



Tzigov Chark, Bulgaria
7-9 Sept'97

http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/lab/nlp/ranlp/97.html [Summer School]


The sixth summer school "Contemporary Topics in Computational
Linguistics" immediately precedes the international conference "Recen
Advances in Natural Language Processing (RANLP'97)" (11-13 Sept'97,
same location). The school will continue its tradition of offering
both introductory and advanced courses. The programme will consist of
tutorials and short courses.


* Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)
Information extraction

* Sergei Nirenburg (University of New Mexico)
Multi-Engine Machine Translation Environments

* Pieter Seuren (Nijmegen University)
Semantic Syntax

* Branimir Boguraev (Apple Computer, Cupertino)
Linguistically intensive content characterisation

* Michael Zock (LIMSI, CNRS)
Natural Language Generation

* Harald Trost (Austrian Institute for AI)
Computational morphology

* Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Corpus Linguistics

* Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)
Recent Developments in Anaphora resolution

* Carlos Martin-Vide (University of Tarragona)
Natural computation for natural language

* Benjamin Tsou (City University of Hong Kong)
Automatic abstracting


Tzigov Chark is a beautiful resort in the Rhodope Mountains on the
shores of Batak Lake. It is approximately 145 km from Sofia, the
capital of Bulgaria. A minibus will provide reasonably-priced
transport between Sofia airport and the conference hotel.


For further information, if you wish to participate or exhibi
books/software, please contact:
- Victoria Arranz (victoria@ccl.umist.ac.uk) or
- Malgorzata Stys (m.stys@cl.cam.ac.uk)


The summer school will be followed by the International Conference
"Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing (RANLP'97)" (same
location). For more information on the conference, visi


A second summer school announcement, including information on location
and accommodation, registration fees and bank accounts, is due to come
out in July 1997.

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