LINGUIST List 12.2112

Mon Aug 27 2001

Calls: Lingua Franca, Cognitive/Neural Systems

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  1. Christiane Meierkord, Lingua Franca Communication
  2. Cynthia Bradford, Cognitive and Neural Systems: 6th ICCNS

Message 1: Lingua Franca Communication

Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2001 09:31:44 +0200
From: Christiane Meierkord <>
Subject: Lingua Franca Communication


Symposium: Lingua franca communication - standardization versus
At the 13th AILA World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Singapore, 
16 - 21 December 2002

Conveners: Dr. Christiane Meierkord (Erfurt University, Germany) &
Professor Karlfried Knapp (Erfurt University, Germany)

Numerous languages have been used as lingua francas to allow for
communication across languages and cultures either within a confined
area or internationally. Many languages continue to do so, whereas
others have ceased to fulfill this role. Today, the most widely employed
lingua franca is English, which has consequently been named a global
language. Different from many other languages, English faces the
challenge of serving both local as well as global communicative needs, a
fact that Pakir has referred to with the term 'glocal' language.
Recently, the increasing use of English for communication across
non-native speakers rather than with a native speaker has led scholars
to propose new models for the teaching of English. However, most of
these proposals lack a thorough empirical basis regarding both the
mechanisms that regulate the norms and conventions for the lingua franca
and the actual construction of lingua franca conversations among ist
users. At the same time, research has demonstrated that speakers who
communicate via a lingua franca establish their onw modes of
communication and successfully manage conversations.

The aim of this panel is to encourage discussion about exactly these two
points. In detail, contributions in the first slot will present and
assess examples of attempts that have been made to establish norms in
individual languages used as lingua francas both locally (e.g. Lingala
or Swahili) and internationally (e.g. Latin or Esperanto).

In the second part, presentations will address the self-regulatory
mechanisms that seem to operate in lingua franca conversations. The
papers reveal through empirical analyses of lingua franca interactions
how participants achieve understanding despite a lack of previously
agreed upon norms, but they also indicate the heterogeneity of the form
and fucntion of lingua franca communication. 

In sum, the two parts of the panel will blend into a critical assessment
of the possibility to standardize and teach languages as lingua francas.

We still welcome offers for presentations (20 minutes + discussion).
Abstracts of appr. 250 words should be sent by e-mail (either as
attachment in RTF-format or in the body of the message) to

as soon as possible.
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Message 2: Cognitive and Neural Systems: 6th ICCNS

Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 16:34:07 -0400
From: Cynthia Bradford <>
Subject: Cognitive and Neural Systems: 6th ICCNS

***** CALL FOR PAPERS *****

Tutorials: May 29, 2002
Meeting: May 30 - June 1, 2002 

Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Sponsored by Boston University's
Center for Adaptive Systems
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
with financial support from the 
National Science Foundation 
and the
Office of Naval Research 

This interdisciplinary conference has drawn about 300 people from around
the world each time that it has been offered. Last year's conference was
attended by scientists from 31 countries. The conference is structured to
facilitate intense communication between its participants, both in the
formal sessions and during its other activities. As during previous years,
the conference will focus on solutions to the fundamental questions:

How Does the Brain Control Behavior?

How Can Technology Emulate Biological Intelligence?

The conference will include invited tutorials and lectures, and
contributed lectures and posters by experts on the biology and
technology of how the brain and other intelligent systems adapt to 
a changing world. The conference is aimed at researchers and students 
of computational neuroscience, connectionist cognitive science,
artificial neural networks, neuromorphic engineering, and artificial

A single oral or poster session enables all presented work to be
highly visible.

Abstract submissions encourage submissions of the latest results.

Costs are kept at a minimum without compromising the quality of
meeting handouts and social events.


Session Topics:

* vision 		 * spatial mapping and navigation
* object recognition 	 * neural circuit models
* image understanding * neural system models
* audition * mathematics of neural systems
* speech and language * robotics
* unsupervised learning * hybrid systems (fuzzy, evolutionary, digital)
* supervised learning * neuromorphic VLSI
* reinforcement and emotion * industrial applications
* sensory-motor control * cognition, planning, and attention
 * other

Contributed abstracts must be received, in English, by January 31,
2002. Notification of acceptance will be provided by email by February
28, 2002. A meeting registration fee must accompany each Abstract. See 
Registration Information below for details. The fee will be returned if 
the Abstract is not accepted for presentation and publication in the 
meeting proceedings. Registration fees of accepted Abstracts will be 
returned on request only until April 19, 2002.

Each Abstract should fit on one 8.5" x 11" white page with 1" margins
on all sides, single-column format, single-spaced, Times Roman or
similar font of 10 points or larger, printed on one side of the page
only. Fax submissions will not be accepted. Abstract title, author
name(s), affiliation(s), mailing, and email address(es) should begin
each Abstract. An accompanying cover letter should include: Full title
of Abstract; corresponding author and presenting author name, address,
telephone, fax, and email address; requested preference for oral or 
poster presentation; and a first and second choice from the topics
above, including whether it is biological (B) or technological (T) 
work. Example: first choice: vision (T); second choice: neural system 
models (B). (Talks will be 15 minutes long. Posters will be up for a 
full day. Overhead, slide, VCR, and LCD projector facilities will be 
available for talks.) Abstracts which do not meet these requirements 
or which are submitted with insufficient funds will be returned. Accepted
Abstracts will be printed in the conference proceedings volume. No longer
paper will be required. The original and 3 copies of each Abstract should 
be sent to: Cynthia Bradford, Boston University, Department of Cognitive 
and Neural Systems, 677 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is recommended. To
register, please fill out the registration form below. Student
registrations must be accompanied by a letter of verification from a
department chairperson or faculty/research advisor. If accompanied by
an Abstract or if paying by check, mail to the address above. If
paying by credit card, mail as above, or fax to (617) 353-7755, or
email to The registration fee will help to pay for a
reception, 6 coffee breaks, and the meeting proceedings.

STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships for PhD candidates and postdoctoral
fellows are available to help cover meeting travel and living costs. The 
deadline to apply for fellowship support is January 31, 2002. Applicants 
will be notified by email by February 28, 2002. Each application should 
include the applicant's CV, including name; mailing address; email 
address; current student status; faculty or PhD research advisor's name, 
address, and email address; relevant courses and other educational data; 
and a list of research articles. A letter from the listed faculty or PhD 
advisor on official institutional stationery should accompany the 
application and summarize how the candidate may benefit from the meeting.
Fellowship applicants who also submit an Abstract need to include the 
registration fee with their Abstract submission. Those who are awarded 
fellowships are required to register for and attend both the conference
and the day of tutorials. Fellowship checks will be distributed after 
the meeting.


Sixth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tutorials: May 29, 2002
Meeting: May 30 - June 1, 2002
FAX: (617) 353-7755

(Please Type or Print)

Mr/Ms/Dr/Prof: _____________________________________________________

Name: ______________________________________________________________

Affiliation: _______________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

City, State, Postal Code: __________________________________________

Phone and Fax: _____________________________________________________

Email: _____________________________________________________________

The conference registration fee includes the meeting program,
reception, two coffee breaks each day, and meeting proceedings.
The tutorial registration fee includes tutorial notes and two
coffee breaks.


( ) $85 Conference plus Tutorial (Regular)
( ) $55 Conference plus Tutorial (Student)
( ) $60 Conference Only (Regular)
( ) $40 Conference Only (Student)
( ) $25 Tutorial Only (Regular)
( ) $15 Tutorial Only (Student)

METHOD OF PAYMENT (please fax or mail):

[ ] Enclosed is a check made payable to "Boston University".
 Checks must be made payable in US dollars and issued by
 a US correspondent bank. Each registrant is responsible
 for any and all bank charges.

[ ] I wish to pay my fees by credit card
 (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card only).

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