LINGUIST List 11.814

Sun Apr 9 2000

Calls: Gullah Dialect, Neural Networks/Neuroscience

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  1. Paul D. Fallon, Gullah Conference - Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect
  2. Stefan.Wermter, International EmerNet workshop on NN and neuroscience

Message 1: Gullah Conference - Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 23:44:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: Paul D. Fallon <>
Subject: Gullah Conference - Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect


* Gullah: A Linguistic Legacy of Africans in America * 
*	 A Conference on the 50th Anniversary of *
* _Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect_ * 

Friday, November 3, 2000
Howard University
Washington, DC

*Invited Speakers:*

* Dr. Salikoko S. Mufwene, Dept. of Linguistics, 
	University of Chicago
* Dr. John R. Rickford, Dept. of Linguistics, 	
	Stanford University

In 1949 Lorenzo Dow Turner, the first African American linguist, published
_Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect_. This work, still considered a
"monument of scholarship," convinced the academic establishment of the
many African elements found in Gullah, where previous studies, not based
on fieldwork, had either observed only a minimal African influence or
denied it altogether. Now, the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of
Turner's work, is an appropriate time for:

* a contemporary assessment of the state of the art of 	Gullah language


* a celebration and popularization of Turner's 	linguistic contributions

Papers are invited relating to any of the following themes:

* Linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of the Gullah language
* Comparison of and/or relationship between Gullah and African American
	Vernacular English
* Comparison of and/or relationship between Gullah and Caribbean or
	African creoles
* Assessment of Lorenzo Dow Turner's linguistic scholarship

Papers which relate the linguistic significance of Gullah to a general
academic audience of students and faculty are also welcome.

Papers should be 15 minutes long, plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: June 1, 2000 by 5 p.m. Late
submissions will not be considered. 

Abstracts, including bibliography (if needed) and examples, must not
exceed 500 words and must fit on one side of the page. Be sure to include
the title of the abstract. Do not put your name on the abstract or
include any information that identifies you as the author. Please send
eight copies of the abstract for anonymous review. Faxed or e-mailed
abstracts will not be accepted. In addition, send a 3"x5" card listing:

	1. paper title;
	2. name(s) of author(s);
	3. affiliation(s) of author(s);
	4. e-mail address to which notification of acceptance
		or rejection should be sent. 
	5. postal addresses for the summer and fall of 2000
	6. primary author's office and home phone numbers;
	7. primary author's e-mail address, if available.
	8. whether this paper is targeted toward specialists (linguists)
		or general audience

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In case of
joint authorship, one address should be designated. Please send abstracts

Gullah Conference
c/o Dr. Paul D. Fallon
Department of English
248 Locke Hall
Howard University
2441 6th St., NW
Washington, DC 20059

Contacts for further information:
	phone: (202) 806-5611. 

This conference is sponsored by the Howard University Fund for Academic

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Paul D. Fallon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics and English
Dept. of English		
248 Locke Hall		(202) 806-6708 (fax)
Howard University	(202) 806-6730 (dept.)
2441 6th St., NW	(202) 806-5611 (office)
Washington, DC 20059 or:
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Message 2: International EmerNet workshop on NN and neuroscience

Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2000 15:26:31 +0100
From: Stefan.Wermter <>
Subject: International EmerNet workshop on NN and neuroscience

Emerging computational neural Network architectures based on
neuroscience (EmerNet):

International EPSRC Workshop on Current
Computational Architectures Integrating Neural Networks and

Date: 8-9 August 2000
Location: Durham Castle, Durham, United Kingdom

Workshop web page is

Organising Committee
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Prof. Stefan Wermter
Hybrid Intelligent Systems Group
University of Sunderland

Prof. Jim Austin
Advanced Computer Architecture Group
Department of Computer Science
University of York

Prof. David Willshaw
Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation
Division of Informatics
University of Edinburgh

Call for Papers and Participation
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Description and Motivation
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Although there is a massive body of research and knowledge
regarding how processing occurs in the brain this has had little
impact on the design and development of computational systems.
Many challenges remain in the development of computational
systems, such as robustness, learning capability, modularity,
massive parallelism for speed, simple programming, more
reliability etc. This workshop aims to consider if
the design of computational systems can learn from the
integration of cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology and
artificial neural networks.

The main objective is the transfer of knowledge by bringing
Together researchers in the twin domains of artificial and real
neural networks. The goal is to enable computer scientists to
comprehend how the brain processes information to generate new
techniques for computation and encourage neuroscientists to
consider computational factors when performing their research.

Areas of Interest for Workshop
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The main areas of interest for the workshop bring together
Neural Network Architectures and Neuroscience

Robustness: What are the characteristics that enable the human
brain to carry on operating despite failure of its elements? How
can the brain's slow but robust memory be utilised to replace the
brittle but fast memory presently found in conventional

Modular construction: How can the brain provide ideas for
Bringing together the current small artificial neural networks to
create larger modular systems that can solve more complex tasks
like associative retrieval, vision and language understanding?

Learning in context: There is evidence from neuron, network and
Brain levels that the internal state of such a neurobiological
system has an influence on processing and learning. Is it
possible to build computational models of these processes and
states, and design incremental learning algorithms and dynamic

Synchronisation: How does the brain synchronise its processing
when using millions of processors? How can large asynchronous
computerised systems be produced that do not rely on a central

Timing: Undertaking actions before a given deadline is vital.
What structural and processing characteristics enable the brain
to deal with real time situations? How can these be incorporated
into a computerised approach?

Processing speed: despite having relatively slow computing
element, how is real-time performance achieved?

Preliminary Invited Speakers
We plan to have around 30 participants, including speakers and
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Dr Jim Fleming - EPSRC
Prof. Michael Fourman - University of Edinburgh
Prof. Angela Frederici - Max Planck Institute of Cognitive
Prof. Stephen Hanson - Rutgers University
Prof. Stevan Harnad - University of Southampton
Prof. Vasant Honavar - Iowa State University
Dr Hermann Moisl - University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Prof. Heiko Neumann - Universi�t Ulm
Prof. G�nther Palm - Universi�t Ulm
Prof. Kim Plunkett (tbc) - Oxford University
Prof. James A. Reggia - University of Maryland
Prof. John Taylor - King's College London

Workshop Details
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In order to have a workshop of the highest quality it
incorporates a combination of paper presentations on one of the
six areas of interest by the participants and more open
discussion oriented activities. The discussion element of the
EmerNet Workshop will be related to the questions above and it is
highly desirable that those wishing to participate focus on one or
more of these issues in an extended abstract or position paper
of up to 4 pages. Papers should be in either ps, pdf or doc
format via email for consideration to Professor Stefan Wermter
and Mark Elshaw by the 1st of June 2000. KEY QUESTIONS IS: What
can we learn from cognitive neuroscience and the brain for
building new computational neural architectures.

It is intended that for all participants registration, meals and
accommodation at Durham Castle for the Workshop will be provided
free of charge. Further, specially invited participants are to
receive reasonable travel expenses reimbursed and additional
participants rail travel costs in the UK. We also plan to have
six places for PhD students or recent post-doctorates and encourage

Extended versions of papers can be published as book chapters in
a book with Springer.

Location - Durham Castle
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The EmerNet Workshop is to be held at Durham Castle,
Durham(chosen as in between Sunderland, York and Edinburgh) in
the North East of England. There are few places in the world that
can match the historic City of Durham, with its dramatic setting
on a rocky horseshoe bend in the River Wear and beautiful local
countryside. Furthermore, it offers easy accessibility by rail
from anywhere in the Great Britain and is close to the
international airport at Newcastle. The workshop provides the
chance to stay at a real English castle that was constructed
under the orders of King William the Conqueror in 1072, shortly
after the Norman Conquest. It has many rooms of interest
including a Norman Chapel that has some of the most fascinating
Norman sculptures in existence and the Great Hall that acts as
the dinning area.

By having the EmerNet Workshop at this excellent location this
provides the chance for interesting and productive discussion in
a peaceful and historic atmosphere. It is possible to gain a
flavour of Durham Castle and Cathedral on the on-line tour at

Contact Details
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Mark Elshaw
(Workshop Organiser)
Hybrid Intelligent Systems Group
Informatics Centre
University of Sunderland
St Peter's Way
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 191 515 3249
Fax: +44 191 515 2781

Prof. Stefan Wermter (Chair)
Informatics Centre, SCET
University of Sunderland
St Peter's Way
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 191 515 3279
Fax: +44 191 515 2781

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