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Wed Jul 06 2011

Confs: Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Lang Acquisition/Netherlands

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Message 1: Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Natural Speech
Date: 05-Jul-2011
From: Rasmus Steinkrauss <r.g.a.steinkraussrug.nl>
Subject: Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Natural Speech
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Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Natural Speech

Date: 11-Nov-2011 - 11-Nov-2011
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Contact: Conny Lahmann
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Full Title: Tools for Analyzing Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Free Spoken Data
Date: 11.11.2011
Time: 9.30 - 14.00
Location: Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

Complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) have figured as major research variables in applied linguistic research. At the same time, questions concerning the definition and operationalization of these variables are still subject to debate and reoccur for various types of linguistic data being analyzed.

This also applies to the analysis of corpora containing free spoken data which are frequently used in, e.g., research on language development or the analysis of natural discourse. In these cases, additional experimental assessments of a speaker's proficiency may not always be possible, and the complexity, accuracy, and fluency of a given speaker have to be assessed on the basis of natural speech only. However, natural speech is characterized by the spontaneity with which it is produced, and it can be expected to contain pauses, retracings, speech errors, and other distinct features. This has the effect that many different speech characteristics have to be considered during analysis and that different speakers may be difficult to compare. To approach these challenges, the symposium aims at defining and operationalizing the CAF variables with regard to corpora containing free spoken data.

The CAF framework is commonly used in L2 acquisition / L1 attrition research. In these areas, contrastive analysis can serve as a useful tool when deciding how to assess accuracy. The second aim of the symposium is therefore to discuss the role that contrastive analysis can play when analyzing CAF.

For this symposium we have invited three leading scholars in the area of CAF and Contrastive Analysis who will share their expertise on analyzing free spoken data with respect to the three dimensions complexity, accuracy, and fluency. Participants will be given the opportunity to enter into discussion with the experts and ask questions.

Invited speakers:
Prof. Alex Housen. Dept. of Language and Literature. University of Brussels (VUB)
Prof. Folkert Kuiken. Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication. University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Prof. Ekkehard König. Institut für Englische Philologie. Freie University Berlin (FUB)


Registration & Fees:

The symposium is addressed to researchers interested in the CAF framework and researchers working with free spoken data in the areas of attrition, acquisition, and discourse. If you are interested in attending the symposium, please send an email to Cornelia Lahmann (C.M.M.A.Lahmannrug.nl) including your full name and your university affiliation.

Attendance is free for PhD students; however, a contribution of EUR 10,- for coffee and lunch will be asked.

For all other participants, a registration fee of EUR 10,- will be charged, plus EUR 10,- for coffee and lunch.

The fees are to be paid on the day of the symposium.

Contact & Travel:

The symposium will take place in the city center of Groningen, in walking distance to the Central Station. The precise location will be announced to all registered participants in time. For questions, please contact Cornelia Lahmann: C.M.M.A.Lahmannrug.nl

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Groningen!

Rasmus Steinkrauss
Cornelia Lahmann



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