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LINGUIST List 17.142

Mon Jan 16 2006

Calls: Text/Corpus Ling/UK;General Ling/Canada

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

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        1.    Kieran O'Halloran, Corpus Linguistics Seminar (British Association of Applied Linguistics)
        2.    Andy Van Drom, 20th Journées de Linguistique

Message 1: Corpus Linguistics Seminar (British Association of Applied Linguistics)
Date: 14-Jan-2006
From: Kieran O'Halloran <k.a.ohalloranopen.ac.uk>
Subject: Corpus Linguistics Seminar (British Association of Applied Linguistics)

Full Title: Corpus Linguistics Seminar (British Association of Applied Linguistics)
Short Title: BAAL

Date: 28-Apr-2006 - 28-Apr-2006
Location: The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Lia Blaj
Meeting Email: L.L.Blajopen.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.baal.org.uk/sigs_corpus.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 13-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Corpus Linguistics Seminar

Theme: Text analysis using corpora - methodological issues.

Date: Friday April 28th 2006

Place: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. (for travel directions see

Time and Room: 10am - 5pm, Central Meeting Room 15, Christodolou Building.

Guest speakers:
-Professor Guy Cook, The Open University.
-Professor Susan Hunston, University of Birmingham.

Organisers: Dr Kieran O'Halloran, Dr Caroline Coffin (Centre for Language and
Communications, The Open University) and Lia Blaj (Institute of Educational
Technology, The Open University).

Text analysis using corpora - methodological issues

More and more applied linguists (broadly defined) are drawing on corpus
resources to increase the power and rigour of their text analyses. This is
becoming prevalent in areas such as Argument Studies, Academic Literacies,
Conceptual Metaphor Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, Educational
Linguistics, Forensic Linguistics, Literary Stylistics, Systemic Functional
Linguistics and Translation Studies (to name but a few). But for each benefit a
corpus-informed text analysis offers, a host of prickly but fascinating
methodological issues may be thrown up, which in turn create problems for what
can be claimed in analysis and interpretation. Alongside these newer issues and
problems are some now well-known reflections on the limits of what can be
claimed from corpus analysis (e.g. by Guy Cook and Henry Widdowson).

The BAAL Corpus Linguistics SIG meeting on Friday 28th April 2006 is devoted to
providing a stimulating and supportive environment for pooling individual
tussles with such problems so as to lead to better informed reflection on
combining text-based and corpus-informed methods of analysis. In turn, we hope
in this sort of environment that ways can be suggested for increasing the rigour
as well as the clarity of what scholars can claim for such a combinatory
approach. Given the nature of the forum, it will be of benefit to not only
established academics but also postgraduate students who may be dealing with
such issues.

We welcome abstracts (up to 400 words) on areas mentioned above (or others) for
30 minute slots (with at least 10 mins devoted to discussion) which openly
address the above issues. Presenters may wish to provide accounts of
work-in-progress, focus on associated problems in doing this kind of research or
look at potential solutions. They may also wish to present their investigations
'workshop style' whereby other participants have the opportunity to explore
their data in detail.

Address for abstracts:

If you wish to be considered for a paper presentation, please send abstracts
(email or hardcopy) to:

Lia Blaj ( L.L.Blajopen.ac.uk )
Institute of Educational Technology,
Room 199, Geoffrey Crowther Building,
The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA. UK.

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 13th March 2006.

Notification of acceptance: Monday 20th March 2006

Registration (for both presenters and non-presenters) by March 27th 2006

Registration fee (Covers lunch, refreshments etc): £25 for BAAL members, £35 for
non-BAAL members, £15 for students (BAAL or non-BAAL members).

Cheques made payable to 'The Open University' and sent to Lia Blaj at the above
address. Please indicate any special dietary requirements when registering as
well as BAAL membership status and if you are a student.

Presenters will have access to a laptop and data projector.

More information (programme etc) will be provided on the BAAL Corpus Special
Interest Group website when it becomes available:


Look forward to seeing you...Kieran

Dr Kieran O'Halloran
Centre for Language and Communications
Faculty of Education and Language Studies
Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
Message 2: 20th Journées de Linguistique
Date: 14-Jan-2006
From: Andy Van Drom <andy.van.dromskynet.be>
Subject: 20th Journées de Linguistique

Full Title: 20th Journées de Linguistique
Short Title: JDL

Date: 09-Mar-2006 - 10-Mar-2006
Location: Québec, Québec, Canada
Contact Person: Julie Pelletier
Meeting Email: jdllli.ulaval.ca
Web Site: http://agora.ulaval.ca/~anvad10/JDL.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:

This year, we at Laval University very proudly celebrate the 20th Journées de
linguistique (JDL), an international student seminar organised by the
Association of Graduate Students Enrolled in Languages and Linguistics (AEDILL).
The Journées de linguistique will be held on March 9th and 10th, 2006.

Over the past 20 years, the JDL have given graduate and post-graduate students
an opportunity to present and publish the results of their research in all
fields of linguistics. Once again this year, the JDL will offer a
multidisciplinary colloquium open to the world. To this end, humanities
students whose research focuses on any aspect of language are invited to present
their work. Over the past years, the JDL have been pleased to welcome foreign
speakers and hope to continue this tradition.

Please be advised that the deadline for submitting an abstract has been extended
by two weeks.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit their proposal before
Monday, January 29th, 2006. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by a
question period of 10 minutes. Both the abstract and presentation should be
entirely in French. Participants must fill out the form entitled ''Proposition
de communication'' found on our website
(http://agora.ulaval.ca/~anvad10/JDL.html), according to the instructions
included. Presentation proposals will be examined by a review committee. Please
include a $15 CDN check payable to the Journées de linguistique to cover
registration and administration fees.

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