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FYI: Sing Language Exhibition, ILLC, Alsic

Author: LOT (Sibylla Nijhof)


Starting Friday 26 June (and lasting until February 1999),
the University Museum of Utrecht University (the Netherlands) hosts:


An exhibition on aspects of Sign Language

Until comparatively recently, educational environments and conditions for
acquiring sign language were far from perfect. In Europe during the firs
half of this century, the use of sign language was often prohibited in
schools and institutions for the deaf, out of the noble but essentially
mistaken belief that learning to speak would be the deaf person's doorway to
Fortunately, these ideas are now considered outdated and detrimental to the
deafs' cause. In the Netherlands, Nederlandse Gebaren Taal is on the verge
of being officially recognized by the government as a minority language on
Dutch soil.

This exhibition is presented from the point of view that Sign Language is an
extremely `visual' form of language. It takes the opportunity the provide
general information about language, and languages, to a relatively lay
public, and emphasizes that sign languages are the natural languages of the
hearing impaired anywhere in the world. In a simple fashion, and by dint of
a number of specially developed games, it discusses some basic linguistic
notions such as the language faculty in the brain, the process of language
acquisition, and the building blocks of words and sentences. And i
addresses some common misunderstandings about sign languages: they are
neither completely `iconic' nor universal, they are not simply the
word-by-word signed counterparts of the spoken languages of the same
cultural community, you can perform poetry in them, make jokes, and so on.

"Kijk ! Taal" is a joint production of the Utrecht University Museum, the
The Hague Vi-taal Foundation (Tony Bloem and Ruud Janssen), and the Utrech
Institute of Linguistics (Wim Zonneveld and Inge Zwitserlood).

Museum open: 11-17 hrs. daily (Sa/Sun 13-17 hrs.)
The Lange Nieuwstraat 106, where the museum is situated in a beautiful new
building in the Utrecht "Museum Quarter", is a 5 minutes walk from the
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics at Trans 10. From Trans, rather than turn
right towards the Inner City and the Dom Tower, turn left: this is the Korte
Nieuwstraat which inevitably spills into the Lange Nieuwstraat.
Utrecht is a 20 minute train ride from Amsterdam. The museum's location is a
20 minutes walk (or a 10 minutes bus ride) from the central railway station:
go through the Inner City towards the Dom Tower, then proceed as above.

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Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics

Trans 10
3512 JK Utrech
Phone: +31 30 2536006
Fax: +31 30 2536000
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ILLC Scientific Publications
This document contains the titles of the reports that were published
by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) this year.
All ILLC reports are available from the ILLC bureau:

ILLC Bureau
University of Amsterdam
Plantage Muidergracht 24
NL-1018 TV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Many reports are also electronically available,
by WWW at http://www.wins.uva.nl/research/illc/wwwreports.html and
or FTP at ftp://ftp.wins.uva.nl/pub/theory/illc/researchreports/
The ILLC bureau may be contacted by email, at illc@wins.uva.nl

Reports are numbered Series-Year-Number, where `Series' is one of
CT = Computation and Complexity Theory
LP = Logic, Philosophy and Linguistics
ML = Mathematical Logic and Foundations
MoL = Master of Logic Thesis

Report LP-1998-01
Title: Severe Withdrawal (and Recovery)
Author: Hans Rott, Maurice Pagnucco

Report LP-1998-02
Title: Type-shifting and Scrambled Definites
Author: Jaap van der Does, Helen de Hoop

Report LP-1998-03 Title: The Role of Consciousness and Intentionality
in Perception, Semantics, Representations and Rules
Author: Renate Bartsch

Report LP-1998-04
Title: Resource Bounded Belief Revision
Author: Renata Wassermann

15th June 1998

on Language Learning
and Information and Communication Systems

ALSIC (Language Learning and Information and Communication Systems) is a
French speaking electronic journal for researchers and practitioners. I
aims at presenting theoretical and practical work in didactics, applied
linguistics, educational sciences, computational linguistics, computer

The journal gives priority to papers from the French-speaking community
and/or in French, but it also regularly invites papers in other languages
so as to strengthen scientific and technical exchanges between linguistic
communities that too often remain separate.

Number 1 : Table of contents
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- Rflexions linguistiques et smiologiques pour une criture
didactique du multimdia de langues, de A.L. Foucher
- Une approche pragmatique cognitive de l'interaction
personne/systme informatis, de M. Saint-Pierre.

- Dispositifs de formation en anglais l'espace multimdia
(Montpellier III). Description et approche critique,
de L. Vincent- Durroux et C. Poussard.

- Les machines enseigner de E. Bruillard
- Apprendre avec le multimdia, o en est-on ?
(J. Crinon & C. Gautellier).
- L'Autoformation (P. Carr, A. Moisan & D. Poisson).

- Opration Teddy Bear.
- Pleased to Meet You.

- L'autonomie de l'apprenant en questions, de H. Portine.


Number 2 will be issued in December 1998.

Revue ALSIC : Apprentissage des Langues et Systemes
d'Information et de Communication

Toile : http://alsic.univ-fcomte.fr
Mel/Courriel : alsic@lib.univ-fcomte.fr
Telecopie : 03 81 66 64 50 (+ 33 3 81 66 64 50)

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