LINGUIST List 11.360

Fri Feb 18 2000

Calls: Variation/British Isles, Language Resources

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  1. Peter L Patrick, VIEW 2000 - Variation in the British Isles
  2. Marianne Katsoyannou, Workshop on LR and Educational Technology

Message 1: VIEW 2000 - Variation in the British Isles

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 18:31:47 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
From: Peter L Patrick <>
Subject: VIEW 2000 - Variation in the British Isles


VIEW 2000: Variation Is EveryWhere

14-16 September, 2000
University of Essex
Colchester, England


VIEW is newly organized to provide a regular forum in the British Isles 
for scholars concerned with language variation. The regional emphasis 
is on the British Isles -- either because scholars are part of the 
British variationist community, or because their work concerns 
variation in the British Isles. (Not restricted to varieties of 

VIEW 2000 is the second in a series of meetings organized to strengthen 
this research community. (It is the follow-up to the First UK Language 
Variation Workshop, held April 1997 in Reading.) There is a VIEW 
Standing Committee whose members will participate in the conference, 
review abstracts, and meet during the conference to plan future events.

VIEW Standing Committee: 
Enam Al-Wer (Essex), David Britain (Essex), Deborah Cameron (London), 
Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary Westfield), Karen Corrigan (Newcastle), 
Aidan Coveney (Exeter), Gerry Docherty (Newcastle), Paul Foulkes 
(Leeds/York), Paul Kerswill (Reading), Ronald Macaulay (Pitzer), Lesley 
Milroy (Michigan), Peter Patrick (Essex), Jane Stuart-Smith (Glasgow), 
Sali Tagliamonte (York), Peter Trudgill (Fribourg), Dominic Watt 
(Leeds/York), and Ann Williams (Reading).

VIEW 2000 Organizing Committee:
Enam Al-Wer, David Britain, Peter Patrick (chair).


VIEW 2000 will be a small- to medium-sized conference with no parallel 
sessions. Our hope is to give presenters enough time to talk freely, 
and other participants enough space to interact with them, so that the 
conference will not merely display the state-of-the-art, but advance 
it. VIEW is open to post-graduate students presenting their own or 
collaborative research as well as to established scholars, and 
encourages submission of preliminary results or work in progress, esp. 
as posters. 

We invite colleagues to submit papers on any aspect of language
variation, including but not limited to contemporary social
dialectology (rural or urban areas), quantitative variationist
sociolinguistics, geolinguistics, variation in discourse,
sociophonetics, dialect contact, creolistics, historical variation and
linguistic change, theoretical models of variation and change,
instrumental phonetic research, grammatic(al)ization, perceptual
dialectology, and sociolinguistic studies of language and social
class, status, sex, gender, age, ethnicity and other social factors.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION			Submission deadline: 30 April 2000.

Colleagues wishing to present a paper/poster should send ONE 
camera-ready copy of their abstract (150-250 words, no more than 1 side 
of A4, 12-point type), indicating the title of the paper/poster, 
author's full name, name and address of institution, and email; and 
THREE copies of their abstract with no identifying information. Mail 
	Prof. Peter L. Patrick, VIEW Organizing Committee
	Dept. of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex 
	Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, U.K.	
[No faxed abstracts, please.] 

IN ADDITION, send an identical e-mail version of abstract and author 
info to:
with "VIEW 2000 abstract submission" in the "Subject:" line. 
This email abstract should be sent in plain text, not as an attachment 
of any kind, from the email address at which you wish to receive 
acknowledgement of receipt. 

Finally, in addition to the abstract text and author info, please list 
up to 5 key-words or phrases representing significant themes or 
elements your submission addresses. This will help us create 
thematically coherent sessions and conference.


Because of constraints on the number of presentations and the need for 
discussion time to exchange ideas, we anticipate that not all the 
high-quality papers submitted will be accepted. Abstracts will be 
reviewed and rated by the Standing Committee. The Organizing Committee 
will then select appropriate papers from among the well-rated 
abstracts, attempting to organize sessions around prominent themes and 
strands of research. 

We hope all those submitting will make every effort to attend and
participate in discussions. We plan to provide time and space for
poster display as well, and will all encourage submissions not
accepted for talks to be displayed in poster sessions, as the authors
find appropriate. These will be eligible to be considered for
publication (see below).

FURTHER INFORMATION is forthcoming on all of the following:

The draft timetable includes morning registration on Thursday 14 
September with a possible workshop 10 to 12 noon; papers and discussion 
between 1.30 to 6pm Thurs, 9.00am and 6.00pm Friday, and 9.00am and 
1.00pm Saturday. Accommodation and meals will be available on campus. 
Costs to follow. Registration forms will be made available in the near 
future. Selected papers will be published in the Essex Research Reports 
series of working papers; papers derived from all conference talks and 
posters will be eligible. A website will be mounted with conference 
information. For a link to it, please consult the following site in the 
near future:


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Prof. Peter L. Patrick
Dept. of Language & Linguistics
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Tel: (from within UK) 01206.87.2088
 (from outside UK) +44.1206.87.2088
Fax: (as above) 1206.87.2198

Prof. Peter L. Patrick
Dept. of Language & Linguistics
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Tel: (from within UK) 01206.87.2088
 (from outside UK) +44.1206.87.2088
Fax: (as above) 1206.87.2198
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Message 2: Workshop on LR and Educational Technology

Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 14:09:25 +0200
From: Marianne Katsoyannou <>
Subject: Workshop on LR and Educational Technology

 Second International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
 Athens, Greece

 Pre-Conference Workshop Announcement and Call for Participation


 May 30, 2000 (morning session)


The key concepts for Language Resource infrastructure have been
Reusability and Standardization. In NLP, where the requirement not
only for large scale lexicons but also for large scale corpora has
been established, they have both found fruitful ground. The emerging
multimedia cultural industry has established new needs and use
conditions of Language Resources in respect to industrial production.

The constant increase of demand for electronic educational tools and
aids either in the INTERNET/INTRANET or in the CD-ROM environment
raises the question of whether language resources and tools developed
for the Human Language Technology (HLT) sector may be (re)used also
for educational application purposes. LREC-2000 focuses in many
respects on the importance of this new multimedia cultural industry
and the connection between industrial production and use of Language
Resources and Tools. The workshop aims at bringing together
specialists from the areas of language engineering and multimedia
technologies with experience in CALL (Computer Aided Language
Learning). Issues related to innovative and reflective approaches in
the exploitation, integration and evaluation of language resources in
CALL will be addressed.


Papers are invited in the following topics:
- Internet/Intranet and CD-ROM applications demanding HLT tools
- Distance learning applications
- Integration of language resources in multimedia educational environments
- Evaluation of language resources for educational applications
- Development of language tools based on language resources
- Legal aspects and problems in the access and use of available language 
- Customization of language resources for multimedia educational products
- Electronic books and HLT tools


Submissions should address one or more of the listed topics.

Descriptions of planned or existing tools are acceptable, but they
should be situated in the larger context of the issues the workshop
addresses. A maximally 1000 word abstract in English should be
submitted to Eleni Efthimiou by e-mail at
"<>" in poscript or rtf format
with the indication "LREC WORKSHOP SUBMISSION" in the subject

Each submission should include title; author(s); affiliation(s); and
contact author's e-mail address, postal address, telephone and fax

Final papers should not exceed 6 pages. 

Final paper style format will be announced by LREC on 2 February 2000
and will also be available at

Audio-visual or other technical requirements must be indicated by the


March 1, 2000 : Submissions due
March 15, 2000 : Results transmitted to authors
April 15, 2000 : Final papers due
May 30, 2000 : Workshop


Khurshid Ahmad, Department of Artificial Intelligence
Computing, School of Electronic Eng., IT and Mathematics, University of Surrey.

Eleni Efthimiou, Department of Educational Technologies,
ILSP-Institute for language and Speech Processing.

Maria Poulou-Tzevelekou, University of Athens and
ILSP-Institute for Language and Speech Processing.


31 May - 2 June 2000, Athens, Greece
General information about the main conference is at:

Specific queries about the conference should be directed to:
LREC Secretariat
Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP)
6, Artemidos & Epidavrou Str.
15125 Marousi
Tel: +301 6800959
Fax: +301 6854270
e-mail: <>

Marianne Katsoyannou
Institute for Language and Speech Processing
Artemidos 6 & Epidaurou, 15125 Maroussi
Phone: +301-6875346, 6875300 Fax: +301-6854270
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