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LINGUIST List 17.2348

Thu Aug 17 2006

Calls: Applied Ling/New Zealand; Computational Ling/Pragmatics/Sweden

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        1.    Elke Stracke, 13th Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand Symposium
        2.    Kerstin Fischer, The Pragmatics of Human-Computer Interaction


Message 1: 13th Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand Symposium
Date: 17-Aug-2006
From: Elke Stracke <Elke.Strackestonebow.otago.ac.nz>
Subject: 13th Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand Symposium


Full Title: 13th Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand Symposium
Short Title: ALANZ

Date: 14-Oct-2006 - 14-Oct-2006
Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Contact Person: Elke Stracke
Meeting Email: Elke.Strackestonebow.otago.ac.nz
Web Site: http://www.otago.ac.nz/linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Sep-2006

Meeting Description:

The Symposium offers a forum for scholarly discussions focusing on the language
learner. The conference programme will include plenary sessions and parallel
sessions.

The keynote speakers of the conference will be:
David Crabbe, Victoria University, Wellington and
Cynthia White, Massey University, Palmerston North.

Papers related to the following areas of interest are invited:
-the classroom L2 learner;
-the adult L2 learner;
-the child L2 learner;
-the independent L2 learner (e.g. self-access, distance learning);
-learner autonomy;
-individual differences;
-learners' beliefs and perceptions.

Proposals for papers in other areas of applied linguistics will be considered.
Message 2: The Pragmatics of Human-Computer Interaction
Date: 16-Aug-2006
From: Kerstin Fischer <kerstinfuni-bremen.de>
Subject: The Pragmatics of Human-Computer Interaction



Full Title: The Pragmatics of Human-Computer Interaction

Date: 09-Jul-2007 - 14-Jul-2007
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact Person: Kerstin Fischer
Meeting Email: kerstinfuni-bremen.de
Web Site: https://nats-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/view/User/HCIPanel

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 08-Sep-2006

Meeting Description:

Language-based human-computer interfaces are becoming more and more common, yet
the study of such speech situations presents both practical as well as
theoretical challenges, since it allows the controlled investigation of general
pragmatic processes and mechanisms involved in interaction with novel,
unfamiliar and somewhat restricted communication partners. The panel addresses
the pragmatics of verbal human-computer interaction from the following related
perspectives:

a) The first area of interest concerns the linguistic adaptations speakers make
when talking to computers as communication partners and the relationship of such
adaptations to speakers' attention to general conversational structures (Hutchby
2001), alignment with the artificial communication partner (Pearson et al.
2006), and adjustments based on stereotypical conceptions about such
communication partners (Fischer 2006), thus providing insights in general
mechanisms of recipient design.

b) The second area addresses human-computer speech interfaces from the point of
view of system output design. In particular, the aim is to collect and
systematize empirical data on the effects of linguistic properties of the
computer's linguistic strategies in order to identify conversational features
that prove useful for human-computer interaction, depending on the mechanisms
identified under a).

c) The third area seeks to address the question of underspecification in
computer-directed speech, i.e. regarding information that is usually left
implicit in analogous human-human dialogues as it can be inferred inferentially
by recourse to a shared context. Also in this regard systematic and empirical
means have to be found in order to endow the artificial interlocutors to resolve
the ensuing pragmatic ambiguities.

d) The results from the discussion will be used to address the problem of
dialogue evaluation. Current approaches often focus on measurable criteria
suchas length of dialogue and task efficiency, rely on speech act felicity or
analyses of misunderstanding, or employ post hoc questionnaires to determine
user satisfaction. However, the analyses of the properties of human-computer
dialogues outlined above allow a much more fine-grained pragmatic analysis of
discourse success (cf. Bernsen & Dybkjär 2004), and the panel will contribute to
defining a research strategy for detailed pragmatic system evaluation.

The panel will take place in the framework of the IPrA conference in Gothenburg,
Sweden, July 9-14, 2007. The list of participants currently includes Susan
Brennan, David Frohlich, Ian Hutchby, Arne Jönsson, Antonia Krummheuer, and
David Schlangen.

Please send a one-page abstract before September 8th to:

Kerstin Fischer kerstinfuni-bremen.de
or
Robert Porzel porzelinformatik.uni-bremen.de.



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