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LINGUIST List 16.3484

Wed Dec 07 2005

Calls: Applied Ling/Phillipines;Ling Theories/Japan

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Conference EG, Inaugural Conference - 'Talking Across the World'
        2.    Seiko Fujii, The 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar

Message 1: Inaugural Conference - 'Talking Across the World'
Date: 06-Dec-2005
From: Conference EG <egconfpolyu.edu.hk>
Subject: Inaugural Conference - 'Talking Across the World'

Full Title: Inaugural Conference - 'Talking Across the World'

Date: 24-Feb-2006 - 25-Feb-2006
Location: Manila, Philippines
Contact Person: Joanne Lee
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.engl.polyu.edu.hk/conference/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:


The Information Technology Enabled Services – ITES – Industry is the fastest growing user of English language training in the world. The two major destinations for outsourced processing and call centres are India and the Philippines, with China becoming ever more important. It is thus timely to hold the inaugural ITES English Skills Conference in Manila.

This conference will bring together ITES industry practitioners in outsourcing destinations in Asia with international English language teachers and applied linguistic academics and researchers. At this conference we hope to generate new ideas, cross disciplinary boundaries, and share research and practice about English language in all areas of the ITES industry. It will be a unique opportunity for academics and business to share experience and learn from each other.

Specifically, this conference will address the following language issues which are critical for ensuring appropriate English language skills in non-English speaking countries.

How do we make English language training relevant for companies and participants in the call centre and ITES industries?

What is the value of English language communication for a company?
How do we measure English language skill levels accurately for recruitment and training needs?

What are the issues in developing Quality scorecards that reflect quality targets, communication needs and training agendas?

What is an industry language audit?

What are the current best practices in English language communication, assessment and training, and trainer education for the ITES Industry?

Papers from academics and industry practitioners will cover the following sectors:

Call centre operations and communication
ITES English Curriculum
ITES English Assessment
Trainer/coach education and support
Applied linguistics
Discourse analysis
Communication studies
Intercultural/cross-cultural communication
Organisational communication
Quality assurance measurement

Call For Presentations
Papers from academics and industry practitioners will cover the following sectors:

Call centre operations and communication
ITES English Curriculum
ITES English Assessment
Trainer/coach education and support
Applied linguistics
Discourse analysis
Communication studies
Intercultural /cross-cultural communication
Organisational communication
Quality assurance measurement

Please visit http://www.engl.polyu.edu.hk/conference/, download the appropriate registration form and return it to the address outlined on the form.

Return to futureperfectaig.com; talking_across_the_worldyahoo.com.ph

The submission deadline is 15 January 2006 .

Registration Details

All registration fees must be paid by this date. Should payment not be received, your name will be removed from the programme.

Message 2: The 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar
Date: 06-Dec-2005
From: Seiko Fujii <iccg4programecs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
Subject: The 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar

Full Title: The 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar
Short Title: ICCG4

Date: 01-Sep-2006 - 03-Sep-2006
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Seiko Fujii
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://gamp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~iccg2006/iccg2006.html

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The Fourth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG4), September 1-3, 2006, University of Tokyo, Japan

The Fourth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG4)
September 1-3, 2006
University of Tokyo, Japan

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for ICCG4, which marks the fourth occasion on which researchers engaged in Construction Grammar and the study of grammatical constructions in general gather together from around the world. As in the past ICCGs, the main purpose of ICCG4 is to provide a forum for presenting construction-based research in its various models and applications. ICCG4 also aims to deepen our understanding of Frame Semantics, which is a twin brother of Construction Grammar. In addition, a special feature of ICCG4 is that we hope to promote mutual exchange of ideas between practitioners of Construction Grammar and Japanese scholars from various backgrounds who share a construction-based approach to language.

Plenary speakers:
Collin Baker (International Computer Science Institute)
Charles J. Fillmore (ICSI & University of California at Berkeley)
Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
Knud Lambrecht (University of Texas at Austin)
Yo Matsumoto (Kobe University)
Minoru Nakau (Reitaku University & University of Tsukuba)
Jan-Ola Ostman (University of Helsinki)
Masayoshi Shibatani (Rice University & Kobe University)
Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Abstracts for regular conference papers (20 min. talk plus 10 min. discussion) are invited on any aspect of linguistic analysis that is concerned with grammatical constructions and/or semantic frames. We welcome work on issues in syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, language acquisition, corpus linguistics, language typology/change, etc.

All abstracts (which must be in English) must be submitted electronically, as attachment files in PDF format, to the following address by February 1st, 2006:


The guidelines for abstract submission are as follows:
1. An author may submit at most one single or one joint abstract of which he/she is the principal author. It is, however, possible to combine presentation of an individual paper with (a) joint paper(s) of which he/she is not the principal author. In the case of joint authorship, the first author's address should be designated for communication with ICCG4.
2. In order that the abstracts be reviewed anonymously, authors should not include their names or otherwise reveal their identity anywhere on the abstract.
3. The length of each abstract should be approximately 500 words, not including references. In addition, authors may add figures, tables, and/or graphs. The total length of each abstract must be limited to two pages.
4. Abstracts must be formatted as Adobe Acrobat PDF files with the (principal) author's name as filename. In addition, please also submit the file in MS Word format at the same time if possible.
5. All abstracts must adhere to the following formatting specifications (a sample file is on the ICCG4 website).
a. A4 size
b. top margin: 45 mm (or 1.77'')
c. top/left/right margin: 30 mm (or 1.18'')
d. font: Times/Times New Roman or similar font in 12 point
e. spacing: single-space
6. The body of the e-mail message must contain the following information:
a. paper title
b. name(s) of author(s)
c. affiliation(s) of author(s)
d. e-mail address where notification of (non-)acceptance should be sent
e. e-mail address for each author
f. postal address of the principal author
g. subfield(s) (e.g. syntax, phonology, etc.: in the case of multiple subfields, list in order of decreasing relevance)
h. three key phrases (e.g., tense, aspect, argument structure, clause-combining, etc.)

For updates, please check the website of ICCG4 at:


If you have questions about your abstract, please direct such inquiries to:


Authors will be notified regarding acceptance by April 15, 2006. Upon acceptance, work will be started on publishing the abstracts in a conference booklet to be distributed among the conference participants. (Revised) abstracts of accepted papers must reach the same e-mail address iccg4programecs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp by May 15, 2006. Authors will be notified of the details in due course.

The deadline for submitting abstracts: February 1st, 2006
Notification of the result of selection: April 15, 2006
The deadline for submitting (revised) abstracts of accepted papers: May 15, 2006
Early registration deadline: June 1st, 2006

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