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LINGUIST List 18.588

Thu Feb 22 2007

Calls: Applied Linguistics/Iceland; Pragmatics,Semantics/Germany

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

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        1.    Matthew Whelpton, Open Source in Education and Language Learning Online
        2.    Anton Benz, Bidirectional Optimality Theory

Message 1: Open Source in Education and Language Learning Online
Date: 22-Feb-2007
From: Matthew Whelpton <whelptonhi.is>
Subject: Open Source in Education and Language Learning Online

Full Title: Open Source in Education and Language Learning Online
Short Title: COSELLO

Date: 28-Sep-2007 - 29-Sep-2007
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Contact Person: Matthew Whelpton
Meeting Email: whelptonhi.is
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:

This conference is the final event in a two-year European project (Covcell),
aimed at supporting language learning and teaching in an online environment by
adding tools which support collaboration and co-operation to the functionalities
already provided by the Moodle learning management system.


Conference on Open Source in Education and Language Learning Online

Special Theme: The problem of language learning online - Is Moodle the answer?

Friday 28th to Saturday 29th September 2007

University of Iceland

Reykjavík, Iceland

As well as showcasing the collaborative tools developed by the project, the
conference seeks to address critical issues in the field of online language
learning from two perspectives: (1) the pedagogical perspective of the
effectiveness of cohort-oriented, task-based approaches to language learning and
teaching in an online environment; (2) the technical perspective of open source
development of tools which support online language learning and teaching.

We therefore welcome papers in either of these two domains:

(1) papers concerning current issues in the pedagogy of online language
learning and teaching, especially the effectiveness of approaches that allow
students to learn language while collaborating on tasks in cohort-supported

(2) papers concerning the development of open source tools which support
language learning and teaching in an online environment and especially the
suitability of such tools for use with established open-source learning
management systems such as Moodle.

Papers that address the special theme of the effectiveness of Moodle for
language learning and teaching are particularly welcome. See below for
instructions on paper submission.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will also be eligible for
consideration for publication in a book related to the theme of the conference.

Information on registration plus other practical information will be available
shortly via http://covcell.org. There will be no registration fee for this

Important dates:

15th April 2007 - deadline for submission of abstracts

27th June 2007 - notification of acceptance

28-29th September 2007 - conference

(The Covcell Project is funded by the Minerva Fund of the European Union: for
more information see covcell.org).

Requirements for abstract submission:

The abstract should be anonymous, include the title of the paper and be written
in English.

The abstract should be no more than 2 pages of A4 including all references, data
and/or illustrations. Font should be 12-point and margins 2.5cm.

The abstract should be saved as a pdf file (though rtf, doc, and odt formats can
be accepted if absolutely necessary) and the file should be called
name-abstract.pdf (where name is the name of the author or of the contact person
in the case of multiple authors), e.g. whelpton-abstract.pdf

The abstract should be e-mailed no later than 15th April 2007 to both of the
following addresses:



The main body of the e-mail should include: title of paper; name of author(s);
affiliation; e-mail address for correspondence; indication of whether the author
wishes their paper to be considered for publication in the book associated with
the conference.

The subject line of the e-mail should be ''COSELLO''.

Submission is limited to one single authored paper and one joint authored paper.
Message 2: Bidirectional Optimality Theory
Date: 22-Feb-2007
From: Anton Benz <benzzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Bidirectional Optimality Theory

Full Title: Bidirectional Optimality Theory
Short Title: BiOT07

Date: 04-May-2007 - 05-May-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Anton Benz
Meeting Email: biot07zas.gwz-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/biot07/

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 05-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:
Bidirectional Optimality Theory - Foundations and Applications.

Final Call for Papers!

Bidirectional Optimality Theory
May 4th-5th, 2007,
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany

URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/biot07/

This conference will be held as the second part of the double conference on:

Contrast and Bidirectional Optimality Theory
May 3rd-5th, 2007,
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany

Bidirectional Optimality Theory (Bi-OT) emerged at the turn of the millennium as
a fusion of Radical Pragmatics and Optimality Theoretic Semantics. It stirred a
wealth of new research in the pragmatics - semantics interface and heavily
influenced e.g. the development of evolutionary and game theoretic approaches.
This conference is dedicated to discussions of foundational issues,
presentations of new linguistic applications, and comparisons with other
frameworks. We invite Bi-OT related original research contributions which could
address a wide variety of themes including, but not restricted to, the following

- contrast and other discourse relations
- argument structure
- conversational implicatures
- underspecification and semantic meaning
- language acquisition
- language evolution and history
- language typology
- embodiment of language
- computational models
- etc.

The organisers are planning to publish a selection of the results of the
conference either as a special issue of a journal or as a book.

Invited Speakers:
Maria Aloni, Amsterdam
Reinhard Blutner, Amsterdam
Helen de Hoop, Nijmegen
Henk Zeevat, Amsterdam

Authors should submit an anonymous abstract. The length of abstracts for talks
should be at most 2 single-column pages including literature. All submissions
should include a separate cover page specifying the authors' names, affiliation,
address, e-mail address and title of the paper. The abstracts should be
submitted electronically (pdf, ps or doc format) to: biot07zas.gwz-berlin.de

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submissions: March 5th, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: March 23rd, 2007
Conference: May 4th-5th, 2007,

Reviewing Board:
Maria Aloni, Amsterdam
Anton Benz, Berlin
Reinhard Blutner, Amsterdam
Helen de Hoop, Nijmegen
Gerhard Jaeger, Bielefeld
Manfred Krifka, Berlin
Yukiko Morimoto, Berlin
Anatoli Strigin, Berlin
Henk Zeevat, Amsterdam

Anton Benz
Manfred Krifka

URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/biot07/
Contact: biot07zas.gwz-berlin.de

The conference is organised as part of the ZAS projects P13a/b on
''Bidirectional Optimality Theory'' and ''Implicative Scales and Genetic
Learning in OT-Grammars.''

The workshop will be preceded by an affiliated workshop on Contrast which is
open to those attending the BiOT workshop:

3rd Workshop on Contrast: Contrast - towards a closer definition
May 3rd - 4th, 2007,
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany
URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/kontrast07/

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