LINGUIST List 15.1612

Fri May 21 2004

Calls: General Ling/Spain; Language Learning/Journal

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  1. fipaylim, Conference on German Contrastive Linguistics and Literature
  2. aguiora, Language Learning

Message 1: Conference on German Contrastive Linguistics and Literature

Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 05:56:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: fipaylim <>
Subject: Conference on German Contrastive Linguistics and Literature

Conference on German Contrastive Linguistics and Literature
Short Title: GECOLILI 

Date: 15-Dec-2004 - 17-Dec-2004
Location: Seville, Spain
Contact: Miguel Ayerbe
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Subject Language: German, Standard ,Spanish

Call Deadline: 10-Sep-2004 

Meeting Description:

The Conference is organized by the Research Group ''Filologia
Alemana'' (''German Philology'') of the Faculty of Philology at the
University of Seville ( To this group belong
researchers of both German Linguistics and Literature.

This is the third edition of the Conference on ''German Contrastive
Linguistics and Literature''. Papers presented in the last editions
have been published each time in a special issue of the Journal
''Estudios Filologicos Alemanes'' ( This journal,
devoted to contributions about German Linguistics and Literature,
appears once a year (see the Web for more details and/or

The Conference will take place on December (15th-17th) at the
University of Seville with the participation of professors and
scholars from other Universities in Spain and from abroad.

The Conference Commitee welcomes papers (20 min. + discussion) and
lectures (40 min. + discussion) concerning aspects of German
Linguistics and Literature in contrast with other languages and
cultures, according to the subtitle of the Conference ''Alemania y
otras culturas'' (''Germany and other worlds'').

Paticipants are invited to present a paper or a lecture about one of
the following subfields:

-Semantics and Pragmatics
-History of the Language
-Computational Linguistics
-Language Teaching
-Early German Literature
-Medieval German Literature
-Modern German Literature
-German Literature after 1945

It is very important to focus the paper / lecture on German
Linguistics / Literature in contrast with other languages or

Further information about the Conference and accomodation will be
provided next September.

People interested in participating in the Conference are required to
reach the contact person in order to get (through E-Mail) the
registration form. Registration form and payment of fees must be
submitted before next September the 10th.

Participation fees:

-Presenting a paper or lecture: 50 European Euro
-Participants without paper / lecture: 30 European Euro
-Students: 15 European Euro
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Message 2: Language Learning

Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 14:21:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: aguiora <>
Subject: Language Learning

Language Learning 	

Call Deadline: 31-DEC-2010 From: the General Editor,
 A Journal of Research in Language Studies

In our continuing desire to widen the scope of LANGUAGE LEARNING, but
without giving up our core identity, we wish to actively encourage and
invite submission of manuscripts that treat the broad area of
cognitive neuroscience of language acquisition and language

The language sciences, as part of the sciences of human behavior are
facing daunting new challenges in the questions raised and in the ways
these questions are answered. The questions lie at the interface of
the life sciences and the social sciences and humanities, and
represent substantial challenges both at the empirical and theoretical
levels. The issues are deceptively simple: What questions to ask, how
to look for answers and how to communicate the results of this quest.

John Schumann et al. in their recent book ( The Neurobiology of
Learning, Perspectives From Second Language Acquisition. 2004,
Lawrence Earlbaum, Mahwah, N.J., London) have this to say: '' If our
thinking about second language learning is not constrained by the
biology of learning, and if it is only constrained by an analysis of
the product of that learning, then we can say almost anything about
underlying mechanisms. .......we can invoke, as though they were real,
mechanisms such as an affective filter, cognitive operating
principles, noticing, monitoring, pidginization, nativization,
cognitive strategies, learning strategies. But �Euro�.. should we
limit ourselves to metaphors? We can constrain our metaphors with
biological knowledge. Second language acquisition is a subfield of
Applied Linguistics and is as much psychological as it is
linguistic. But just as we are making our links with psychology,
psychology is becoming radically biologized....''

The unprecedented advances in imaging technologies and computational
capabilities give real hope for major breakthroughs in the coming
years in the understanding of human behavior. In other words, for the
first time there is a real possibility to establish direct
relationships between observed behaviors and their neurobiological
substrates, thus allowing for first-order explanations of these
phenomena. A true revolution in the way we conceptualize and think
about the complex proposition called human existence. The thrust of
this exciting new development, of course, is that we can now look at
this process in radically new ways, taking full advantage of the
dramatic discoveries in the neurosciences and in computer science.

We at LANGUAGE LEARNING - A Journal of Research in Language Studies,
as a leading journal in applied linguistics, wish to give concrete
expression to these convictions. I am writing now to invite you
personally, you, your colleagues and your students to share with us
the fruits of your research endeavors and consider our journal as a
possible venue for publishing your work.

These are truly exciting times.

Alexander Z. Guiora 
General Editor 
A Journal of Research in Language Studies

 Manuscripts should be sent to:
 Prof. Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig
 Editor, Language Learning
 Program in TESOL/Applied Linguistics
 Memorial Hall 313
 1021 East Third Street
 Indiana University
 Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

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