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Sat Sep 25 2010

Calls: Lang Acq, Text/Corpus Ling/Belgium

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        1.    Sylviane Granger, 20 Years of Learner Corpus Research

Message 1: 20 Years of Learner Corpus Research
Date: 23-Sep-2010
From: Sylviane Granger <sylviane.grangeruclouvain.be>
Subject: 20 Years of Learner Corpus Research
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Full Title: 20 Years of Learner Corpus Research

Date: 15-Sep-2011 - 17-Sep-2011
Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Contact Person: Sylviane Granger
Meeting Email: sylviane.grangeruclouvain.be

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 27-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

Advance notice:

In September 2011 the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics of the
University of Louvain will hold a conference entitled '20 years of Learner
Corpus Research: Looking Back, Moving Ahead'.

To mark the 20th anniversary of its creation, the Centre for English Corpus
Linguistics of the University of Louvain is organizing a conference
entitled '20 years of learner corpus research: looking back, moving ahead'
in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) on 15-17 September 2011.

Learner corpus research (LCR) is a young but vibrant new brand of
research which stands at a crossroads between corpus linguistics, second
language acquisition and foreign language teaching. Its origins go back to
the late 1980s when academics and publishers, concurrently but
independently, started collecting data from foreign/second language
learners with a view to advancing our understanding of the mechanisms of
second language acquisition and/or developing pedagogical tools and
methods that more accurately target the needs of language learners. At first
limited to English as a Foreign Language, LCR has begun to spread to a
wide range of languages and as a result, the community group of learner
corpus researchers is rapidly growing and diversifying. Great advances
have been made in learner corpus design, collection and annotation, and
the range of learner data has expanded with the addition of spoken and
multimedia learner corpora. The field has also greatly benefited from
growing links with related disciplines - in particular, second language
acquisition, teaching methodology, contrastive linguistics, cognitive
linguistics, lexicography, language testing and natural language
processing.

Although twenty years after its emergence, it is too early to render a
definitive assessment of the achievements in the field, it is time to take
stock of the advances that have been made in methodology, theory,
analysis and applications, and think up creative ways of moving the field
forward. LCR2011 is meant to bring together all the researchers who
collect, annotate, analyze computer learner corpora and/or use them to
inform SLA theory or develop learner-corpus-informed tools (courseware,
proficiency tests, automatic spell- and grammar-checkers, etc.).

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have accepted our
invitation to give a keynote presentation at the conference:

Prof. Angela Chambers, University of Limerick, Ireland
Prof. Nick Ellis, University of Michigan, USA
Prof. Detmar Meurers, University of Tuebingen, Germany
Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Prof. Florence Myles, Newcastle University, Great Britain
Prof. Norbert Schmitt, University of Nottingham, Great Britain

Cconference Themes

We particularly welcome papers that address the relevance of learner
corpus research to:

Cognitive linguistics
Discourse studies
(e-)lexicography
Grammar and syntax
Language for academic/specific purposes
Language varieties
Lexicology and phraseology
Natural language processing
Second language acquisition
Second/foreign language teaching

Call For Papers

We also encourage the submission of papers addressing the links between
learner corpus research and other research methodologies (e.g.
experimental methods) and introducing innovative annotation techniques.

There will be four different categories of presentation:

- Full paper (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
- Short paper (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)
- Software demonstration (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
- Poster

The posters are intended to present research still at a preliminary stage and
on which researchers would like to get feedback.

The conference aims to be a showcase for the latest developments in the
field and will feature both software demos and a book exhibition.

Thematic Sessions

The conference will also feature three thematic sessions, for which
submissions are invited.

1) Language for Specific Purposes Learner Corpora (convenor: Magali
Paquot)

The 'Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) Learner Corpora' thematic
session aims to bring together researchers that are particularly interested in
the collection, annotation and analysis of LSP learner corpora and their
practical applications.

2) Learner Corpora and Cognitivism (convenor: Fanny Meunier)

The 'Learner Corpora and Cognitivism' thematic session aims to bring
together researchers working with learner corpora (either as their main
source of data or in combination with other data types) to help account for
cognitive processes at play in second language acquisition.

3) Learner Corpora and World Englishes (convenor: Gaetanelle Gilquin)

The aim of the 'Learner Corpora and World Englishes' thematic session is to
bring the fields of SLA and World Englishes one step closer to each other
by examining the possible links and synergies between Learner Englishes
and indigenised varieties of English, as they emerge from corpora.

More details about each of these thematic sessions can be found on the
conference website (http://www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl-lcr2011.html).

Language of the conference:
English

Abstracts

Your abstract should be between 500 and 700 words (+ list of references)
and must specify how the paper will contribute to the theme of the
conference. It should also provide a clear outline of the aim of the paper
including clearly articulated research question(s), some details about
research approach and methods and (preliminary) results.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to lcr2011uclouvain.be, before 27
December 2010. Under subject, please write ''lcr2011 abstract''. Please
name the attachment as follows: lcr2011_yourlastname_yourfirstname.doc.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee. You will
be notified of the outcome of the review process by 14 February 2011.

For purposes of easy editing, please make use of the MS Word template
made available on the conference website for submitting your abstract. The
template consists of two pages. The first page asks you to specify your
affiliation details accompanied by a brief bio note (75 words). The second
page is reserved for your anonymous abstract which will be sent to two
reviewers.

Key Dates

- Deadline for submission of abstracts: 27 December 2010
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: 14 February 2011
- Conference: 15-17 September 2011

Organising Committee

Sylvie De Cock
Gaetanelle Gilquin (chair)
Diane Goossens
Sylviane Granger (chair)
Damien Littre
Fanny Meunier (chair)
JoAnne Neff van Aertselaer
Magali Paquot
Natassia Schutz
Jennifer Thewissen

Scientific Committee

Annelie Adel (Stockholm University)
Ulrike Altendorf (Leibniz-Universitat Hannover)
Inge Bartning (Stockholm University)
Tony Berber Sardinha (Sao Paulo Catholic University)
Yves Bestgen (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Marcus Callies (Johannes-Gutenberg Universitat Mainz)
Tom Cobb (Université de Quebec a Montreal)
Ulla Connor (Indiana University-Purdue University)
Sabine De Knop (Facultes Universitaires Saint-Louis)
Liesbeth Degand (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Pieter de Haan (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
John Flowerdew (City University of Hong Kong)
Lynne Flowerdew (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Thierry Fontenelle (Centre de traduction des organes de l'Union
europeenne)
Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Nicholas Groom (University of Birmingham)
Hilde Hasselgard (University of Oslo)
Marlyse Horst (Concordia University)
Susan Hunston (University of Birmingham)
Scott Jarvis (Ohio University)
Natalie Kubler (Universite Paris-Diderot)
Claudia Leacock (Butler Hill Group)
Geoffrey Leech (Lancaster University)
Marie-Aude Lefer (Institut Libre Marie-Haps & Universite catholique de
Louvain)
Anke Ludeling (Humboldt-Universitat Berlin)
Maria Jose Luzon (Universidad de Zaragoza)
Carla Marello (Universita di Torino)
Iliana Martinez (Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto)
Amaya Mendikoetxea (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)
Hilary Nesi (Coventry University)
Nadja Nesselhauf (Universitat Heidelberg)
Signe Oksefjell Ebeling (Oslo University)
Lourdes Ortega (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
John Osborne (Universite de Savoie)
Magali Paquot (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Mojca Pecman (Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7)
Virginia Pulcini (Universita degli Studi di Torino)
Paul Rayson (UCREL, Lancaster University)
Ute Romer (University of Michigan)
Michael Rundell (Lexicography MasterClass Ltd)
Kari Tenfjord (University of Bergen)
Paul Thompson (University of Birmingham)
Yukio Tono (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Christopher Tribble (King's College London)
Agnès Tutin (Universite Stendhal Grenoble 3)
Bertus van Rooy (North-West University)
Nina Vyatkina (Kansas University)
Michael Zock (CNRS - Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale)

Conference website: http://www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl-lcr2011.html

Contact: lcr2011uclouvain.be

For sponsoring options, please contact Sylviane Granger
uclouvain.be>.
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