LINGUIST List 11.2189

Wed Oct 11 2000

Calls: Less Commonly Taught Lang, Modality

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  1. Scott McGinnis, Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL 2001)
  2. Roberta Facchinetti, Modality in Contemporary English

Message 1: Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL 2001)

Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 11:12:09 -0400
From: Scott McGinnis <>
Subject: Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL 2001)


National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Fourth Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.
April 6-8, 2001
Research and Development in the Less Commonly Taught Languages.

The Fourth Annual Conference of the National Council of Organizations of
Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for metropolitan
Washington, D.C. on April 6-8, 2001. The first day of the conference (April
6) will be held at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and
the final two days at the Holiday Inn Arlington in Ballston, VA.
Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia and poster
sessions. The formats are described below. Each proposed presentation should
address issues that clearly relate to more than just one particular language
and should fall within one or more of the Conference theme of "Research and
Development in the Less Commonly Taught Languages." Sessions might include:
*	Discussion of important research questions for the LCTLs;
*	Application of other research to important questions for the LCTLs;
*	Reports on empirical, ethnographic, linguistic, and/or classroom
*	Initiatives to develop programs in the LCTs for any customer base,
including distance learning and heritage communities;
*	Inservice and/or pre-service teacher development initiatives;
*	Use of technology in instructional programs;
*	Innovative instructional materials or learning activities for an
LCTL; and
*	Other topics related to the theme

Individual papers are 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on one
or more issues related to the real world needs for language expertise in the
less commonly taught languages. Papers may be based on research or practical
Colloquia are 90 minutes. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more
presenters who will address one of the conference themes. Preference will be
given to panels that cut across different languages or language groups.
Poster and presentation sessions may focus on completed work or work in
progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught
languages. They may be of either the traditional poster format (most often
used for research-based presentations) or demonstrations of instructional or
information technology; however, any proposal requiring technical support
must specify the type of hardware and software needed in as much detail as

Proposals should indicate the relevant conference theme and kind of
presentation (paper, colloquium or poster session) in the upper left-hand
corner, and the name of the presenter and the presenter's primary
language(s) in the upper right-hand corner. The proposed title should not
exceed ten words. Proposals may not exceed one page in length.

All proposals for the NCOLCTL Conference should be sent to the following
address by hard copy or email:
			Frederick H. Jackson
			NCOLCTL Conference Program Chair
			School of Language Studies
			Foreign Service Institute
			4000 Arlington Boulevard
			Arlington, VA 22207

The final deadline for receipt of proposals is December 1, 2000. The Program
Committee will notify those who submitted proposals by January 1, 2001,
whether their proposal has been accepted.

Questions regarding the conference may be directed to either Dr. Jackson or:

Scott McGinnis
National Foreign Language Center
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 	202-637-8881 X28
Fax	202-637-9244
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Message 2: Modality in Contemporary English

Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 22:59:29 +0200
From: Roberta Facchinetti <>
Subject: Modality in Contemporary English


 "Modality in Contemporary English"
 International Conference, 6-8 September 2001,
 University of Verona, Italy

We are pleased to announce the International Conference on "Modality in
Contemporary English" to be held in Verona, Italy, on 6-8 September 2001.
The conference aims at fostering interaction between scholars from different
theoretical backgrounds but with a common interest in English modality, with
specific reference to the Present-day, hence promoting discussions,
exchanging ideas and reporting recent progress on a variety of issues
related to this field.

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Paper proposals are welcomed on all aspects of verbal and non-verbal
modality in Present-day English. We particularly solicit work describing
research in the following fields:
- syntax and semantics of modal elements
- modality and phonetics / prosody
- modality and sociolinguistics
- modality and pragmatics
- modality and language teaching
Authors should submit an anonymous abstract of at most 3 A4 pages,
figures/tables and references, together with a separate page specifying the
author's names, affiliation, surface mail address, and e-mail address.

We strongly encourage electronic submission (.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf),
preferably as an attachment. Please, send abstracts to:
Prof. Roberta Facchinetti ( If sent by surface mail,
please include disk.
Deadline for abstracts submission: 28th February 2001
Notification of acceptance: 30th March, 2001

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Those who wish to attend the conference, whether presenting a paper or not,
should register by 15th December 2000. To register, please visit:

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WORKSHOP: "Modal expressions in ICE-GB: issues of retrieval"
In conjunction with the conference, a workshop will be held by Bas Aarts
(Reader in Modern English Language, University College London) and Sean
Wallis (Research Fellow, University College London). The workshop will
introduce the ICE-GB corpus, discuss how to retrieve a variety of modality
features by means of the programme ICECUP, specifically developed for the
corpus, and finally provide a hands-on session allowing delegates to
experiment with the corpus and the software themselves.

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Keynote speaker: Frank PALMER (Professor Emeritus, former Professor of
Linguistic Science, University of Reading, England)

The following have also accepted to give a paper:
- Jennifer COATES (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University
of Surrey Roehampton, England)
- Maurizio GOTTI (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University
of Bergamo, Italy)
- Geoffrey LEECH (Professor in English Linguistics, University of
Lancaster, England)
- Maria LIMA (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University of
Salerno, Italy)
- Stephen J. NAGLE (Professor of English, Director of International
Coastal Carolina University, U.S.A.)

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The venue of the conference will be the University of Verona, located near
the historical centre of the town and within walking distance to most
hotels. The Language Centre and the Faculty of Arts have new, well-equipped,
airy classrooms for the conference. Internet access will be provided for all
the delegates throughout the conference.

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There will be a full social programme, including university reception, a
tour of Verona, conference dinner, and a whole day excursion to Venice
(post-conference tour).

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The conference is jointly organized by the Language Centre and the Faculty
of Arts of the University of Verona. The scientific and organizing committee
- Prof. Roberta Facchinetti (, Faculty of Arts,
University of Verona
- Prof. Cesare Gagliardi (, Faculty of Languages,
Head of the Language Centre, University of Verona
- Dr Anna Zanfei (, Language Centre, University of

Enquiries about the conference should be directed to:
International Conference on "Modality in Contemporary English"
Organizing Committee
C/o Prof. Roberta Facchinetti
Faculty of Arts
University of Verona
Via S. Francesco, 22
37129 Verona
Fax: +39 045 8028705

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December 15th, 2000: early registration deadline
February 28th, 2001: abstract submission deadline
March 30th, 2001: notification of acceptance
September 6th - 8th, 2001: Conference

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