LINGUIST List 12.928

Tue Apr 3 2001

Calls: Focus on the Learner, Verbs/arguments/polysemy

Editor for this issue: Jody Huellmantel <>

As a matter of policy, LINGUIST discourages the use of abbreviations or acronyms in conference announcements unless they are explained in the text.


  1. Gaoyuan, Focus on the Learner
  2. Wilhelm Geuder, Workshop on verbs, arguments, and polysemy

Message 1: Focus on the Learner

Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 19:3:23 +0800
From: Gaoyuan <>
Subject: Focus on the Learner

Announcement and Call for Papers
Theme: Focus on the Learner
Date: Oct. 8-10 (Beijing portion) and Oct. 11-14 (Guilin portion)

Sponsors The Research Institute for Foreign Languages and the Dept. of
Foreign Languages of Beijing University of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, work in collaboration with the College of International
Culture and Education of Guangxi Normal University and the Department
of Modern Languages and the Department of English of the University of
Northern Iowa are pleased to announce their 5th International
Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching. The symposium
will be held from Oct. 8th to 9th (Beijing portion) and from Oct. 11th
to 14th (Guilin portion). Participants may choose to take part in
either one or both parts of the symposium.

Invited Keynote Speakers
Rod Ellis, University of Auckland, Auckland
Gui Shichun, Guangdong University of Foreign Languages and Trade, Guangzhou
Wu Yi'an, Beijing University of Foreign Languages, Beijing

Focus on the Learner


We hope to network and bring together researchers and teachers to
discuss issues facing them in the 21st century. We also hope to
provide a forum where the participants can share their ideas and
experience in theoretical exploration or teaching practice. Particular
attention is paid to the learner, whose role and development should be
taken into full account in any language teaching program.


The symposium will focus on a number of sub-themes including but not
limited to the following:

Learner characteristics, motivation and attitudes
Language learning issues for students 
Linguistic theory and language teaching or learning
Approaches, methods and strategies in TEFL
Language and culture
Use of multi-media in teaching and learning
Writing and development of teaching materials
Curriculum development
Teaching development and training

Working language

Call for papers

The Organizing Committee is now inviting submission of abstracts for
papers. Abstracts should be a single page, with an additional page for
data or references if necessary. They are preferably not more than 500
words. Abstracts should include contact information (name,
affiliation, mail address, e-mail address, telephone number) in the
body of the mail. They may be submitted either electronically or by
mail. If submitted electronically, the abstract should either be
pasted into the e-mail or should be an attachment. E-mail submissions
should be sent to Mr. Jiang Quanhong The
mail address is Mr. Jiang Quanhong, Dept. of Foreign Languages,
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100083,

Abstracts should be received by June 30, 2001. Notification of
acceptance will be made by July 31, 2001.

Symposium Venue

The symposium will be held in Beijing University of Aeronautics and
Astronautics in Beijing and Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, which
is considered by many to be China's best scenic spot for its unique
karst terrain.

Dates and activities 
(Oct. 5 Arrival in Beijing for pre-conference activities)
Oct. 6-7 Visits to the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City,
the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace)
Oct. 7 Arrival & registration for the symposium
Oct. 8-9 Meeting in Beijing (one night for Beijing Opera)
Oct. 10 Departure for Guilin (Afternoon maybe shopping time if arrival 
is around noon)
Oct. 11-12 Meeting in Guilin (one night for performance by the 13 ethnic 
minorities of the region)
Oct. 13-14 Sightseeing in Guilin (incl. boat trip along Li River to
Yangshuo, and sightseeing around Guilin)
Oct. 15 Departure from Guilin


Participants must register for the symposium on Oct. 7 for the Beijing
portion or Oct. 10th for the Guilin portion. Those who want to take
part in the pre-conference activities must register on Oct. 5. The
fees for the participants are as follows:

For the Beijing portion alone: US$400 (excluding the pre-conference
activities) or $550 (including the pre-conference activities).

For the Guilin portion alone: US$600.

For both the Beijing and Guilin (incl. the flight from Beijing to
Guilin): US$1150.

For both the Beijing and Guilin (incl. pre-conference activities and
the flight from Beijing to Guilin): US$1300.

These are for double-room in 3-star hotels or above, for single room
add $20/day.

The fees for spouse/child are as follows: 

The Beijing portion alone: US$200(excluding the preconference
activities) or $300 (including the preconference activities).
The Guilin portion alone:US$400. 
Both the Beijing and Guilin (incl. the flight from Beijing to Guilin): US$750. 
Both the Beijing and Guilin (incl. pre-conference activities and the
flight from Beijing to Guilin): US$850.

Important dates
Submission of abstract: June 30, 2001
Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2001
Symposium registration: Oct. 5 or Oct. 7 or Oct. 11

Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 2: Workshop on verbs, arguments, and polysemy

Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 11:47:20 +0200
From: Wilhelm Geuder <>
Subject: Workshop on verbs, arguments, and polysemy

2nd call for papers -- reminder:


SFB 471, Universitaet Konstanz, Germany

July 23-25, 2001

The aim of this workshop is to discuss issues in the semantic
representation of verbs that arise in connection with the phenomenon of
polysemy. In approaching this topic, we would like to stress the ways in
which it is linked to the theory of events and thematic roles. The leading
questions are:

* How does the selection of arguments interact with the formation of
different lexical senses of a verb?

* Which different levels of lexical variation can be identified with
regard to verb meanings and argument selection, and how can semantic
representations be constructed that represent the relevant semantic
factors in a sufficiently fine-grained way?

The workshop now has its own website, where the full description and
further details can be found:

Or see the original (more detailed) call for papers:

Deadline for submission is April 17, 2001
If you would like to present a paper, please send an e-mail with a detailed
abstract of roughly 2 pages to the following address:

Enquiries can also be directed to:
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue