LINGUIST List 11.242

Fri Feb 4 2000

Calls: Multilinguial Contexts, Dialogue

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  1. Int.Congress on World, WORLD LANGUAGES IN MULTILINGUAL CONTEXTS
  2. Laila Dybkjaer, SPOKEN DIALOGUE/INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE - LREC 2000 workshop

Message 1: WORLD LANGUAGES IN MULTILINGUAL CONTEXTS

Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 15:52:36 -0500 (GMT)
From: Int.Congress on World <congressciefl.ernet.in>
Subject: WORLD LANGUAGES IN MULTILINGUAL CONTEXTS

CIEFL Alumni Association, CIEFL, Hyderabad 500007 (INDIA)
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You are invited to a special International Congress on

WORLD LANGUAGES IN MULTILINGUAL CONTEXTS

JANUARY 3-7, 2001

CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES (CIEFL) Alumni
Association, Hyderabad, South India.


WHY AN INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS?
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Languages of wide circulation (LWCs) have come to play pivotal
roles in our fast globalizing, multicultural world. Complex issues
- linguistic, socio-cultural, psychological, ethical, and
educational - must be addressed to understand their dynamics the
world over.


WHY INDIA?
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India, with several hundred languages including English and several
LWCs in active use, represents multilingualism in its constructive
and divisive modes. This makes India a natural setting for
addressing the complex issues that arise from it.


WHY CIEFL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION?
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CIEFL is India's only national university dedicated to research in
LWCs including English, French, German,Russian,Arabic, Spanish and
Japanese. For over forty years (1958- ) it has been contributing to
their study and use, their teaching, the development of instructional
materials and technologies, testing etc, and has gained universal
recognition. It has had a deep impact on the way English and other
foreign languages are taught and tested in India. CIEFL Alumni
Association represents an amazing array of scholars and practitioners
spread all over the world.


WHO IS WELCOME?
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Researchers in language,literature, and culture, language teachers,
communication consultants, language planners, translators,
interpreters,sociolinguists,applied linguists - anyone with a deep
professional interest in language is welcome.


WHAT IS THE SCOPE?
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The Congress will focus on major areas of language study,language
education, and language use including:

1. Languages in contact: role relationships, cooperation and conflict:
majority and minority languages, globalization and standards, language
shift and language loss

2. Language policies and programmes: additive and subtractive
bilingualism, language(s) in literacy - mother tongues and other
tongues, language equity and marginalization.

3. Multilingual speech communities and monolingual paradigms,
multilingual societies and language acquisition models, multilingual's
creativity: text and context, genre and Language for Specific Purposes
(LSP) in multilingual societies,discourse in multilingual contexts,
translation.

4. Language in education: first, second, foreign; approaches to
teaching, learning, testing and use; learning for specific
purposes; distance learning.

5. Languages and new technologies: audio and visual media,
computers and information technology, virtual classrooms.


WHAT IS THE WORKING LANGUAGE OF THE CONGRESS?
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English. However, papers can be accepted in any other major
international languages provided they, along with the translation
into English, reach the organizers by JULY 15, 2000.


WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES?
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For submission of papers / workshop proposals: JULY 15, 2000

For registration - Stage I: September 1, 2000 ; 
 Stage II: November 1, 2000


WHAT ARE THE REGISTRATION FEES ?
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US $200 before September 1, 2000 (Stage I)

US $250 thereafter (Stage II)

Concessionary rates:

For Participants from SAARC countries US $100 (US $150 from
September 1,2000)

For Participants from India: Rs 1000 (Rs 1500 from September 1,
2000)

For Members of CIEFL Alumni Association: 20% discount on relevant
fees.


WHAT IS HYDERABAD LIKE?
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Hyderabad is an unforgettable modern metropolis which retains its old
world charm. It has a unique blend of Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Buddhist,
Christian and Parsee cultures. Its roadsfeature bullock carts and
cycle-rickshaws along with gleaming BMWs and Mercedes Benzes. The
city's cuisine also reflects its ethnic diversity.

Hyderabad's clear skies and cool temperatures (daytime temperature
between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius in December-January) tempt visitors
to move around. And there is plenty for tourists to see in Hyderabad,
India's fifth largest city: exquisite handicraft being made,
hand-weaving of textiles, small villages, ancient temples and mosques,
historical forts, museums, monuments...

Hyderabad is also well connected by road, rail and air to all the
main cities of India.

For a detailed description of Hyderabad's attractions please visit
the following websites:

http://www.hyderabad.com (and)

http://www.andhrapradesh.com


WHERE CAN ONE GET MORE INFORMATION FROM ?
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Please contact Prof. MAKHAN LAL TICKOO, President, International

Congress, CIEFL, Hyderabad 500 007, INDIA. 


Telephone : +91-40-701 8131 Ext

Fax : +91-40-701 8402

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E-Mail : congressciefl.ernet.in

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Message 2: SPOKEN DIALOGUE/INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE - LREC 2000 workshop

Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 13:25:52 +0100
From: Laila Dybkjaer <lailanis.sdu.dk>
Subject: SPOKEN DIALOGUE/INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE - LREC 2000 workshop

LANGUAGE RESOURCES AND EVALUATION
LREC 2000 workshop:

FROM SPOKEN DIALOGUE TO FULL NATURAL INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE.
THEORY, EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION.

29 May 2000 - immediately before LREC 2000, Athens, Greece

http://www.nis.sdu.dk/lrec2000workshop


SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

Spoken dialogue systems have been in the marketplace since around
1990. Whereas the first systems only had single word recognition
there has been a steady development towards increasingly natural
spoken dialogue. The most advanced current systems still work within a
limited task domain but some are capable of understanding and replying
to fairly long user utterances, coping with various kinds of
initiative, and taking a variety of contextual issues into account.

Naturalness, as perceived by the user, is closely connected to
properties such as allowed user utterance length, grammar, vocabulary,
style and initiative. Depending on task and situation, perceived
naturalness is also connected to how the user can interact with the
system. In human-human communication we normally do not restrict
ourselves to using speech-only but also include gesture, facial
expression, and bodily posture and we often draw on other information
sources such as diagrams, maps and drawings.

Natural interactive dialogue and conversational systems are moving
centre-stage because of increasing interest in adding other modalities
to achieve a larger potential than speech alone can offer. Several
recent conversational prototype systems include one or several natural
interaction modalities in addition to speech. However, there are many
open questions and unsolved or insufficiently explored problems
related to extending spoken dialogue management and dialogue
interfaces to enable increased natural interactivity.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers and developers in the
area of natural interactive dialogue. The goal of the workshop is to
highlight and evaluate empirically based theories and methods for
natural multimodal conversational dialogue management and dialogue
interfaces, and their evaluation. Focus will be on key issues such as
dialogue initiative, reference, communicative acts, feedback, and
cooperativity.


TOPICS

Topics of interest should fall within theory, empirical analysis, and
evaluation of key issues in the transition from spoken dialogue to full
natural interactive dialogue. Topics include but are not limited to:

- Cooperative natural interactive dialogue interfaces and usability
- Experience from natural interactive systems development and evaluation
- Integration of natural interactivity modalities
- Empirically based theories in support of natural interactive dialogue
management and interfaces
- Communicative acts (beyond speech acts)
- Reference in a multimodal context
- Dialogue initiative
- Task management
- Feedback
- Methods for evaluation of natural interactive dialogue management and
dialogue interfaces


SUBMISSION DETAILS

Extended abstracts should be around 4 pages in length. Final papers should
not exceed six pages. Extended abstracts must be submitted electronically
to lailanis.sdu.dk and must be in postscript or rtf format. Please write
"LREC2000 workshop paper submission" in the subject line.
Final paper style format will be announced by LREC in early February 2000
and will also be made available at http://www.nis.sdu.dk/lrec2000workshop.


IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 14 February 2000
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 20 March 2000
Deadline for submission of accepted papers: 10 April 2000
Workshop: 29 May 2000


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Laila Dybkj�r, Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory, Odense, Denmark (chair)
Niels Ole Bernsen, Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory, Odense, Denmark
Justine Cassell, MIT Media Lab, USA
Ronald Cole, Center for Spoken Language Understanding, University of
Colorado at Boulder, USA
Bj�rn Granstr�m, Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, Sweden
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Dominic W. Massaro, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, USA
David McNeill, Dept. of Psychology, University of Chicago, USA
Sharon Oviatt, Center for Human-Computer Communication, Oregon Graduate
Institute of Science & Technology, USA
Oliviero Stock, IRST, Italy
Jan van Kuppevelt, IMS, Universit�t Stuttgart, Germany



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Dr. Laila Dybkj�r
The Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory
University of Southern Denmark
Main Campus: Odense University
Science Park 10
5230 Odense M
Denmark

Tel.: ( +45) 65 50 35 53
Fax: (+45) 63 15 72 24
Email: lailanis.sdu.dk
URL: http://www.nis.sdu.dk/

Secretary Merete Bertelsen
Tel. ( +45) 65 50 35 51
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