LINGUIST List 7.695

Thu May 16 1996

Confs: Corpora; Information-Theoretic Approaches

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  1. "Dr Tony McEnery", Teaching and Language Corpora 96
  2. Jonathan Ginzburg, Information-Theoretic Approaches to Logic, Language and Computation

Message 1: Teaching and Language Corpora 96

Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 09:32:44 -0000
From: "Dr Tony McEnery" <>
Subject: Teaching and Language Corpora 96


		Lancaster University, UK, 9th-12th August, 1996


	General Details
	Provisional Programme
	Registration Details


While the use of computer text corpora in research is now well
established, they are now being used increasingly for teaching
purposes. This includes the use of corpus data to inform and create
teaching materials; it also includes the direct exploration of corpora
by students, both in the study of linguistics and of foreign
languages. Talc96 will build upon the success of Talc94, which brought
together researchers and teachers who are involved in such work, to
take part in an international exchange of current experience and


KEY THEME: Talc96 will have a special focus on evaluating the claims
made for corpora in linguistics and language teaching.

OTHER THEMES: which the conference is expected to cover include -

1.) The use of corpora in student led learning and investigation.
2.) Software for corpus based language and linguistics learning.
3.) Developing corpora for teaching purposes.
4.) The exploitation of corpus based teaching and learning materials.
5.) The theory and practice of corpus based teaching and learning.

Papers presented at the conference will be of the typical 20 minutes
talk plus ten minutes of questions format.


Talc96 will also host several workshops related to teaching and
language corpora. To give an example of what those workshops may be,
Talc94 had a variety of workshops such as "Multilingual Corpus
Building" and "Concordancing and Corpus Retrieval". Workshops will be
of one to two hour duration.

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 TALC96 - Provisional Programme.

 Day One (9th August):

09.00 - 13.00:

Registration and Welcome.

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13.00 - 15.00:	General Issues in Teaching and Language Corpora I

1. Issues in Applied Corpus Linguistics, Lynne Flowerdew, Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology
2. Corpus Linguistics - evaluating the diffusion of an innovation,
Chris Kennedy, University of Birmingham
3. Concordancing in English Language Teaching, Bernhard Kettemann,
University of Graz
4. The Role of the Corpus Based 'Phrasicon' in English Language
Teaching, Stephen Magee, University of St Andrews and Michael Rundell

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15.00 - 15.30:		Refreshments Break

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15.30 - 17.00:	Creating Materials and Tests

1. CALL Materials Derived from Integrating 'Expert' and 'Interlanguage'
Corpora Findings, Lynne Flowerdew, Hong Kong University of Science and
2. Multilingual concordance-based exercise types, Francine Roussel,
University of Nancy
3. Using Corpus Word Frequency Data in the Automatic Generation of
English Language Cloze Tests, David Coniam, Chinese University of Hong

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19.00		Dinner
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			Day Two (10th August)

9.00-11.00: Parallel Corpora in Language Teaching and Translation

1. Parallel Texts in Language Teaching, Michael Barlow, Rice University
2. Corpora and Terminology: Software for the Translation Programme at
Goteborg University, Pernilla Danielson and Daniel Ridings, Goteborg
3. Parallel and Comparable Bilingual Corpora in Language Teaching and
Learning, Carol Peters, CNR, Pisa.
4. COSMAS - a multipurpose system for the exploitation of text corpora,
F Bodmer, J Cloeren and R Neumann, Institut fur Deutsche Sprache and
Royal Spanish Academy

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11.00		Refreshments Break
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11.30 - 13.00: Teaching Languages other than English Using Corpora

1. An Experiment in the Learning of French through Corpus Linguistics,
Glyn Holmes, University of Western Ontario
2. A Corpus for Teaching Portuguese, A. Berber Sardinha, University of
3. Research into the Functions of Particles in a Corpus, Marta

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13.00			Lunch

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14.30-18.00:	Workshops (Parallel Sessions)

Parallel Workshop Session A

Michael Barlow (Rice University) "ParaConc" (14:30 - 16:00) Chris
Tribble (Lancaster University): "Developing Corpora for Teaching
Purposes" (14:30 - 16:00)

Parallel Workshop Session B

Philip King, Tim Johns, David Wools (Birmingham University): "The
Lingua Project - Parallel Concordancing" (16:00 - 18:00) Knut
Hofland, "The ICAME Archive & Concordancing" (Bergen University)
(16:00 - 18:00)

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19.00:			Dinner
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			Day Three (11th August)

9.00-11.00:	Corpora in Supporting ESP/EAP

1. Encouraging Students to Explore Language and Culture in Early Modern
English Pamphlets, Josef Schmied, University of Chemnitz
2. The Ideology of Science as a Collocation: how Corpus Linguistics can
Expand the Boundaries of Genre Analysis, Chris Gledhill, Aston
3. Corpora, Genre Analysis and Dissertation Writing: An Evaluation of
the Potential of Corpus-Based Techniques in the Study of Academic
Writing, Chris Carne, University of Reading
4. Investigating Grounding Across Narrative and Oral Discourse with
Students, Tony Jappy, University of Perpignan

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11.00:			Refreshments
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11.30 - 13.00: Corpora Supporting Aspects of Language Pedagogy

1. Roberta Facchinetti: The exploration of English diachronic corpora by
foreign language students
2. Paul Bowden, Mark Edwards, Peter Halstead and Tony Rose: Knowledge
extraction from corpora for pedagogical applications
3. Mary-Ellen Okurowski: Using Authentic Corpora and Language Tools for
Adult-Centered Learning

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13.00			Lunch
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14.30-16.00:	Corpora and Student Writing

1. Exploiting Learner Corpus Data in the Classroom: Form Focused
Instruction and Data Driven Learning, Sylviane Granger, Universite
Catholique de Louvain
2. Approaching the Assessment of Performance Unit Archive of
Schoolchildren's Writing from the Point of View of Corpus Linguistics,
M. Shimazumi & A Berber Sardinha, University of Liverpool
3. Teaching L1 and L2 composition in a multicultural environment,
Robert Faingold, University of Tulsa.

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16.00:			Refreshments
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16.30-18.00:	Special Session on the British National Corpus

16:30 The British National Corpus as a Language Learner Resource, Guy
Aston,University of Bologna
17:00 An Introduction to Retrieval from the BNC Using Sara, Lou
Burnard, OUCS.

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19.00			Dinner
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21.00:			Software Demonstrations
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			Day Four (12th August)

9 am-11.00:	Corpus Resources and Systems

1. Teaching Terminology Using Corpora, Jennifer Pearson, Dublin City
2. A Textual Clues Approach for Generating Metaphors as Explanations by
an Intelligent Tutoring System, V. Prince & S. Ferrari, LIMSI-CNRS
3. Designing a CALL System Using Corpora for Speakers of Cantonese,
John Milton, City University Hong Kong
4. Marrying VERBALIST to concordance data, John Higgins, University of

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11.00:			Refreshments
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11.30-13.00:	General Issues in Teaching and Language Corpora II

1. Evaluating Corpora - are we Asking the Right Questions?, Marina
Dossena, Bergamo University
2. Corpus Linguistics as an Academic Subject, Ourania Hatzidaki,
University of Birmingham
3. A Corpus Based Description of Headline Grammar, John Morley,
University of Sienna

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13.00-14.30:			Lunch
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14.30:	 		Close of Conference

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More information on how to register is available from the
conference organizers. You may also register interactively
at the URL:

Please register BEFORE 1st June 1996, otherwise we cannot guarantee
availability of accommodation.
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Message 2: Information-Theoretic Approaches to Logic, Language and Computation

Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 21:53:01 BST
From: Jonathan Ginzburg <>
Subject: Information-Theoretic Approaches to Logic, Language and Computation

 Second Meeting on
 Information-Theoretic Approaches to
 Logic, Language and Computation
 18-24 July, 1996 Regent's College, London

ITALLC 96 is hosted by the Department of Psychology, London Guildhall
University, and participation is now invited. The conference includes
work on a wide range of foundational and applied issues on information.
Its aim is to bring together researchers from such fields as Computing,
Linguistics, Logic, Philosophy and the Social Sciences. The themes of the
conference include formal approaches to information and meaning, as well
as applications in a number of relevant areas.

THE CONFERENCE will be held at Regent's College, London, from 21--24 July.
Accommodations will also be available the College. Invited speakers:

 Johan van Benthem (ILLC, Amsterdam)
 Jerry Seligman (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
 Steven Vickers (Imperial College, London)
 Deirdre Wilson (University College, London)

INSTRUCTIONAL WORKSHOPS, 18-19 July 1996. Prior to the conference, there
will be a series of instructional workshops from 18-19 July, which
introduce topics closely related to the conference.

 David Barker-Plummer (Stanford U.) Teaching Logic
 with Hyperproof
 Giles Fauconnier (UCSD) Cognitive Semantics
 Rachel Lunnon (UCLA) Hypersets and Applications
 Greg Restall (Australian Nat'l U.) Channel Theory:
 Theory and Applications

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the program, including a list of the
papers to be presented and information on the registration, and
accommodations, please consult one of the following sites:


For Registration information, please either see the above sites,
or write directly to Nick Braisby, the Arrangements Chair:

 Phone: +44 (0)171 320 1086 (voicemail)
 Fax: +44 (0)171 320 1236
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