LINGUIST List 12.1733

Wed Jul 4 2001

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Semantic Processing

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  1. Jean-Marc Dewaele, Sociolinguistics Symposium
  2. SEMPRO - Semantic Processing Workshop, Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing (SEMPRO 2001)

Message 1: Sociolinguistics Symposium

Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 14:59:54 +0100
From: Jean-Marc Dewaele <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics Symposium


Colloquium: The variable use of sociolinguistic and pragmatic rules in
the L2 At the Sociolinguistics Symposium 14, Gent , Belgium, April
4-6, 2002.

Conveners: Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck College, University of London) &
Professor Raymond Mougeon (York University, Ontario)

Recently, we have seen an upsurge of interest in the phenomenon of
synchronic variation in L2 or foreign language production (Adamson & Regan,
1991; Dewaele, 1994, 1998; Lyster, 1996; Rehner & Mougeon, 1999).
Researchers have focussed on the effects of social, psychological, and
situational variables on oral interlanguages. Complex interactions have
been discovered between a number of L2-specific factors like level of
proficiency, cultural competence, type and frequency of contact with the
target-language and the "classic" sources of variation in native speech
(Pavlenko, 1999; Dewaele & Furnham, 2000; Mougeon and Rehner, 2001). It has
been observed that compared to native speakers, non-native speakers often
display very different sociolinguistic and pragmatic variation patterns
which are characterised by higher levels of interindividual variation.
The present panel attempts to bring together sociolinguists, applied
linguists, and psycholinguists interested in variable use of sociolinguistic
and pragmatic rules in second or foreign language production.

Adamson, H. D. & Regan, V. 1991. The Acquisition of Community Speech Norms
by Asian Immigrants Learning English as a Second Language. Studies in
Second Language Acquisition, 13, 1-22.
Dewaele, J.-M. (1994). Variation synchronique des taux d'exactitude. Analyse
de friquence des erreurs morpholexicales dans trois styles d'interlangue
frangaise. International Review of Applied Linguistics, 32, 4: 275-300.
Dewaele, J.-M. (1998). Lexical inventions: French L2 versus L3. Applied
Linguistics, 19, 471-490.
Dewaele, J.-M. & Furnham, A. (2000). Personality and speech production: A
pilot study of second language learners. Personality and Individual
Differences, 28, 355-365.
Lyster, R. (1996). Question forms, conditionals, and second-person pronouns
used by adolescent native speakers across two levels of formality in written
and spoken French. Modern Language Journal, 80, 165-180.
Pavlenko, A. (1999). New approaches to concepts in bilingual memory.
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2, 209-230.
Mougeon, R. and Rehner, K. (2001). Variation in the spoken French of Ontario
French immersion students: The case of ne..que vs seulement vs rien que vs
juste. The Modern Language Journal, 85, 3.
Rehner, K. and Mougeon, R. (1999). Variation in the spoken French of
immersion students: To ne or not to ne, that is the sociolinguistic
question. The Canadian Modern Language Review / La Revue canadienne des
langues vivantes, 56, 1, 124-154.

At present we already have an agreement from the following participants:

Prof. Raymond Mougeon, University of York, Ontario
Dr. Vera Regan, University College Dublin
Prof. Istvan Kecskes, State University of New York at Albany
Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck College, University of London
Prof. Robert Bayley, Lone Star University, Texas,
Dr. Lubov Tsurikova, Voronezh State University, Russia
Prof. Gillian Sankoff, University of Ontario
Prof. Pierrette Thibault, University of Ontario
Dr. Hilhne Blondeau, University of Pennsylvania

If you are interested and willing to propose a paper, please contact me.

Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele
Department of French , School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture
Birkbeck College, University of London
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD UK
E-mail address:

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Message 2: Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing (SEMPRO 2001)

Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 18:01:37 +0100 (BST)
From: SEMPRO - Semantic Processing Workshop <>
Subject: Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing (SEMPRO 2001)

 Call for Participation


 (A workshop in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the
 Cognitive Science Society)

 July 31st, University of Edinburgh

The goal of this workshop is to be a forum and a meeting point for researchers
developing models of semantic / pragmatic processing (computational and
non-computational) motivated by psychological evidence or corpus studies, with
a focus on human language processing. This year's workshop will
feature papers on:

- incrementality and underspecification in semantic processing
- lexical access and disambiguation
- anaphora resolution
- scope assignment

We would especially like to encourage the exchange of results between
psychological experimentation, computational modelling, and corpus-based

INVITED SPEAKERS: Julie Sedivy (Brown), Tony Sanford (Glasgow).


the workshop will include both presentations and a poster session. A
preliminary list of accepted papers is available at


The registration fee will be �40 for regular participants and �20 for
students. (The fee covers coffee breaks, lunch and a copy of the
proceedings.) The preferred form of registration is to complete the
registration form on the web page of the workshop with your credit card
details, and fax it to:

 Eva Steel
 SEMPRO organization
 c/o Informatics / HCRC
 2 Buccleuch Place
 University of Edinburgh
 Edinburgh EH8 9LW
 Tel: +44 131 650 2804
 Fax: +44 131 650 4587

It will also be possible to register on site via credit card or cash
(UK pounds only), but early registration is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.


Several types of accomodation are listed in the pages for the
Cognitive Science conference,

We strongly encourage the participants to book early - accomodation in
Edinburgh in that period is hard to find!

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Massimo Poesio (local organizer), Alan Garnham,
Maria Lapata, Julie Sedivy, Rosemary Stevenson, Peter Wiemer-Hastings.


Here is a preliminary list of the talks. The abstracts of oral and
poster presentations will appear on the Web site.


 9 -10: INVITED TALK 1 - Tony Sanford (University of Glasgow)
 Denial as the determiner of focus patterns with negative

10 -10:40 Pronominal Interpretation: Implications for the
 Architecture of the Sentence Processing System
 (Maria-Mercedes Pinango, Petra Burkhardt, Dina Brun,
 Sergei Avrutin)
10:40-11:20 A computational model of human coreference
 (Peter Wiemer-Hastings, Carlo Iacucci)

11:20-11:40 COFFEE BREAK

11:40-12:20 The Effects of Animacy, Thematic Role and Surface Position on
 the Focusing of Entities in Discourse
 (Jamie Pearson, Rosemary Stevenson, Massimo Poesio)
12:20- 1 Why reading Dickens is easy (and reading Needham
 can be hard)
 (Martin Pickering, Steven Frisson)

 1 - 2:30 LUNCH AND POSTER SESSION (see below)

 2:30- 3:30 INVITED TALK 2: Julie Sedivy (Brown University), TBA.

 3:30- 4:10 Processing of Scope by Children and Adults
 (K.B. Paterson, S. P. Liversedge, D. White, R. Filik,
 C. Rowland)
 4:10- 4:50 How adults and children manage stress in ambiguous
 (Silvia Gennari, Andrea Gualmini, Luisa Meroni, Simona
 Maciukaite and Stephen Crain )

 4:50- 5:10 Tea

 5:10- 5:50 A Rational Analysis of Semantic Processing by the Left Cerebral
 (Scott McDonald, Chris Brew)
 5:50- 6:30 Connectionist modelling of semantics using context
 (Padraic Monaghan, Richard Shillcock)


Focus Operators and Syntactic Ambiguity (Ruth Filik)

Interpreting 'other': From Cognitive Grammar to a corpus study of
 multimodal dialogues (Susanne Salmon-Alt)


Models of Anaphora Processing and the Binding Constraints (Antonio Branco)

Improving Supervised WSD by Including Rough Semantic Features
in a Multi-Level View of the Context (Eric Crestan and Marc El-Beze)

Argument Linking and Spatial Cognition (Alistair Knott)

Blending, Analogy, and Counterfactuals (Mark Lee and John Barnden)
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