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Thu May 27 2004

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  1. Steven Thorne, Special Issue of CALICO
  2. Igor Boguslavsky igor, 2nd International Conference on the Meaning-Text Theory

Message 1: Special Issue of CALICO

Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 12:00:30 -0400
From: Steven Thorne <>
Subject: Special Issue of CALICO

Call for Papers: Special Issue of CALICO

2005 Special Issue of the CALICO Journal

Topic: Computer-mediated Communication and Foreign Language Learning:
Context, Research and Practice

Co-Editors: Barbara Lafford (Arizona State), J. Scott Payne (Penn
State), and Steven L. Thorne (Penn State)

Description of the volume:This special issue examines uses of
computer-mediated communication (CMC) in foreign language teaching and
learning. We encourage the submission of articles relating to any area
of CMC-mediated foreign language educational practice. including
reports of original research, critical literature reviews, conceptual
pieces, and papers addressing assessment, cultural factors, and/or the
creation of new and productive forms of foreign language education
involving Internet communication tools.

Specific technologies of interest: We would like to include research
addressing a wide array of synchronous and asynchronous text and audio
CMC technologies, such as e-mail, a-synchronous discussion tools,
synchronous text chat, web-log (blog) technologies, instant messenger,
Internet telephony, voice chat, cell phones, Personal Digital
Assistants (PDAs), video chat, wikis, and/or additional communication
technologies. Papers describing technological innovations and their
use in foreign language contexts are also encouraged.

Suggestions for possible papers: We encourage the submission of
methodologically diverse research (quantitative and/or qualitative
methods, linguistic analyses, experimental design, discourse or
conversation analysis, sociocultural theory, etc.) addressing, but not
limited to, any of the following areas:

1. Measurable increase in foreign language competency/performance
related to CMC activity
2. The development of pragmatic competence within CMC
3. Transfer from CMC to other modalities (e.g., speaking, formal
4. Intercultural communication and CMC
5. Quasi-experimental or comparative research
6. Less commonly taught languages and CMC
7. Critical pedagogy and CMC
8. Discourse-based and/or qualitative CMC/FL research
9. The (new) role of instructors and students in CMC learning
10. CMC-mediated project-based learning
11. Pedagogical research critically documenting CMC best practices

July 15, 2004: Abstract submissions due (400 words maximum)
October 15, 2004: Full paper submissions due (approx. 6000-8000
words, excluding references)

Contact Information: Please send inquiries and suggestions for
contributions to all three co-editors: Bobbie Lafford
( , J. Scott Payne ( and Steve Thorne

Steven L. Thorne
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Communication Arts and Sciences
Associate Director, Center for Language Acquisition
Associate Director, Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education
and Research
The Pennsylvania State University
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Message 2: 2nd International Conference on the Meaning-Text Theory

Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 19:46:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: Igor Boguslavsky igor <Igor>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on the Meaning-Text Theory

2nd International Conference on the Meaning-Text Theory
Short Title: MTT-2005

Moscow, Russia
23-Jun-2005 - 25-Jun-2005
Contact Name: Igor Boguslavsky 
Conference Email:

Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics, General Linguistics,
Lexicography, Linguistic Theories, Semantics, Syntax

Call Deadline: 11-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

The objective of MTT-2005 is to bring together people working in the
Meaning - Text framework directly and those working in other
frameworks and willing to relate their approach to this theory.

Call for Papers:


2nd International Conference on the Meaning . Text Theory (MTT-2005)
Moscow, June 23-25, 2005

Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences


The Meaning . Text theory (MTT) was proposed by Igor about 40
years ago as a framework for describing natural language as a
multi-level correspondence between the meanings and the texts with a
strong emphasis on the dictionary. Later, MTT was supplemented by the
theory of integrated linguistic description and systemic lexicography
by Jury Apresjan. This theory focuses on the coordinated description
of the grammar and the lexicon and establishing multi-faceted systemic
links on a dictionary-wide scale. In recent years, MTT has largely
internationalized and has now active supporters in many countries. It
has diverse interconnections with other current theories and
approaches, such as LFG, HPSG, Tree-Adjoining Grammar, Functional
Grammar, Word Grammar. Fruitful links have emerged between MTT and
lexicography, typology, language teaching and computational
linguistics. The objective of MTT-2005 is to bring together people
working in MTT directly and those working in other frameworks and
willing to relate their approach to MTT.

The First conference on the MTT linguistics took place in 2003 at the
Ecole Normale Sup rieure, Paris and attracted 32 contributions from
researchers of 14 countries. MTT-2003 Proceedings are available at

We expect to discuss a wide range of topics related to the elaboration
of formal models of natural languages. In particular, we welcome
submissions on the following topics:

Modelling of various levels of linguistic representation (phonology,
morphology, syntax, semantics)
Interaction between grammar and dictionary. Types of lexical and
grammatical meanings and their interaction
Semantic types of predicate words
Valences, actants and semantic roles

The theory of lexical functions

Lexicography and terminography

Mathematical aspects of MTT

MTT and language learning

Computational implementation of MTT

Use of MTT in NLP applications.

Computer demos are encouraged. 

The actual length of the presentation will depend on the number of
proposals accepted, but participants should reckon on 25-30 minute
presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion. The final arrangement
will be communicated together with the abstract acceptance


The program will consist of several invited talks, regular
presentations and computer demos.

We have already received consent to give an invited talk from Juri
Apresjan, Igor and Elena Paducheva. We expect a few more
invited speakers to give their consent.


Abstracts of talks should not exceed 3000 words (about 6 pages)
including examples and references. The front page should contain the
title but no author name. Include a separate page with the author.s
name, email address, and institutional affiliation. The languages of
the presentations at the conference will be English and Russian.

The abstracts should be sent by e-mail as an attachment (Word or PDF
format) to:

The formatting requirements for the publication will be provided with
the notification of acceptance.


Submission deadline: March 11, 2005. 
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2005
Final version due: April 15, 2005


Victor Vinogradov, Institute of Linguistics, Moscow (Co-chair)
Alexander Moldovan, Institute of Russian Language, Moscow (Co-chair)
Andrej Kibrik, Institute of Linguistics, Moscow
Vladimir Plungian, Institute of Linguistics, Moscow
Boris Iomdin, Institute of Russian Language, Moscow
Andrei Sannikov, Institute of Russian Language, Moscow
Irina Lazurskaja, Institute for Information Transmission Problems,
Moscow (secretary)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (preliminary list)
re, OLST, University of Montreal, Canada
Tilmann Reuther, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Gilles S	rasset, GETA, Grenoble, France
Leo Wanner, University Pompeu Fabra, Spain.


Those who need a visa to enter Russia please contact the Organizing
Committee for support.


Further details about the conference will be publicised in further
circulars to participants. A web page will soon be opened where
up-to-date information on our plans for the conference will be made

Juri Apresjan, Institute for Information Transmission Problems,
Moscow, Russia
Igor Boguslavsky, Institute for Information Transmission Problems,
Moscow/Madrid Technical University (Chair)
Christian Boitet, GETA, Grenoble, France
George Chikoidze, Georgian Academy of Sciences, Georgia
Alexander Dikovsky, University of Nantes, France
Leonid Iomdin, Institute for Information Transmission Problems,
Moscow, Russia
Lidija Iordanskaja, OLST, University of Montreal, Canada
Sylvain Kahane, University Paris 10, France 
Igor, University of Montreal, Canada
Alexis Nasr, University Paris 7, France
Krasimira Petrova, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Alain Polgu
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