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LINGUIST List 18.1504

Wed May 16 2007

Calls: General Ling/ USA; Computational Ling/France

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Nick Pendar, Technology for Second Language Learning
        2.    Chantal Enguehard, Terminology and Artificial Intelligence

Message 1: Technology for Second Language Learning
Date: 16-May-2007
From: Nick Pendar <pendariastate.edu>
Subject: Technology for Second Language Learning

Full Title: Technology for Second Language Learning
Short Title: TSLL

Date: 21-Sep-2007 - 22-Sep-2007
Location: Ames, Iowa, USA
Contact Person: Yoo Ree Chung
Meeting Email: yrchungiastate.edu
Web Site: http://apling.public.iastate.edu/TSLL/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 21-May-2007

Meeting Description

This conference brings together researchers who work in the intersection of
language teaching/learning and technology. Theoretical and applied issues in
computer-assisted language learning (CALL), Computer-Assisted Testing (CAT), and
the use of artificial intelligence and natural language processing techniques in
these areas all fall within the framework of TSLL.

Technology for Second Language Learning (TSLL)
5th Annual Conference

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

September 21-22, 2007

Towards Adaptive CALL:
Natural Language Processing for Diagnostic Language Assessment

Plenary Speaker
Professor Robert Mislevy
University of Maryland

Many advances in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) require an increase
in the technical knowledge about diagnostic assessment, student models, and
natural language processing to design adaptive instruction. This conference
brings together the researchers and graduate students working to address
questions about these areas. The plenary speaker is well-known for his work
drawing on statistical methods and cognitive psychology to integrate these
strands of research conceptually and in practice.

Proposals are invited for papers in the following areas:

-Diagnostic language assessment

How can useful areas of diagnostic information be selected by materials developers?

How can reliability of diagnostic inferences be achieved and monitored?

How can diagnostic feedback be communicated to language learners?

What evidence suggests that language learners are able to use and benefit from
diagnostic feedback?

- Student models and complex record-keeping in language learning

How can learners' language performance be summarized and stored for subsequent use?

What practical and ethical issues affect construction and use of student models?

-Natural language processing for analysis of learners' responses

How can NLP techniques be implemented in CALL and assessment to yield diagnostic

What types of tasks provide useful samples of learners' linguistic performance
for response analysis?

What evidence suggests that learners benefit from the feedback and adaptivity
afforded by NLP?

-Adaptive language learning paths

How can adaptive learning paths be set to individualize learning effectively?

What evidence suggests that adaptive learning paths help second language learners?

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words as email attachments to Yoo Ree
Chung at yrchungiastate.edu by May 21, 2007. Acceptances will be sent by June
1, 2007.
Message 2: Terminology and Artificial Intelligence
Date: 16-May-2007
From: Chantal Enguehard <chantal.engueharduniv-nantes.fr>
Subject: Terminology and Artificial Intelligence

Full Title: Terminology and Artificial Intelligence
Short Title: TIA'2007

Date: 08-Oct-2007 - 09-Oct-2007
Location: Sophia Antipolis (06), France
Contact Person: Rose Dieng
Meeting Email: tia2007sophia.inria.fr
Web Site: http://www-sop.inria.fr/acacia/tia2007/index-en.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2007

Meeting Description
For more than a decade, the TIA group has studied the large field of
terminological questions, confronting and combining various disciplines:
Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Information
Sciences, Knowledge Engineering, etc.
Knowledge is memorised and transmitted in documents. In scientific or technical
fields (medicine, aeronautics, education, etc), terms play an important role in
ensuring the precision of information. The rise of the internet and
globalisation have increased the sharing of written documents between cultures
and thus, between languages, but also between fields. This phenomenon creates
new problems which emerge when exogenic knowledge is appropriated by a community
gathered around a topic.
TIA 2007 will be particularly focused on the migration of terms which can be
understood as the passage from a language to another, from a domain to another,
from an application to another, or as an evolution through time. The problem
which underlies this question is the instability of terms and has been left
unconsidered in order to give precedence to the needs for standardization.
Communications may tackle theoretical questions or consider methodological
aspects. Interdisciplinary studies which stress the possible convergences and
co-operations between various disciplines around terminological questions are
particularly welcome.

Format of Submissions
Papers, in French or English, will not have to exceed 10 pages in Times 12,
simple spacing, that is to say approximately 3000 words, figures, including
examples and references. They will have to contain, on a separated page, the
following elements:
- name(s) of author(s)
- affiliation(s), addresses, fax and e-mail
- title of the tender
- 5 to 10 keywords in French or in English
- abstract in English (300 words maximum)
- abstract in French (300 words maximum)

It is possible to directly submit a poster communication (4 to 6 pages).

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