LINGUIST List 9.1033

Wed Jul 15 1998

Calls: Varieties of Eng, Culturally Situated Agents

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  1. P Bhaskaran Nayar, Varieties of English
  2. PONeillBrown, Towards Culturally Situated Agents

Message 1: Varieties of English

Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 10:27:14 GMT
From: P Bhaskaran Nayar <>
Subject: Varieties of English

Second International Conference on Major Varieties of English


Lincoln University Campus, England

September 9-11, 1999

Conference theme: The English Language Today: Functions and

Plenary Speakers include: 
		 		Nicholas Coupland
				Eric Fudge
				Salikoko Mufwene

The main aim of the conference is to profile the changing global
presenceof English and the resulting effects on developments and
changes in the language today.

Paper proposals are invited on all aspects of the use of major
varieties of English today, in particular on the following themes:

 Formal and functional developments and changes in English
 Mediated uses of English
 International profile of English
 English and corporate culture
 English language in literature
 English and world communication
 Competing target varieties fo learners
 text and corpus analysis etc.

Submission of paper proposals

Abstracts of paper proposals should be no more than 250 words in
length, and should be double spaced. Please submit three copies, one
with name, affiliation and personal details (address for
correspondence, phone/fax numbers, e.mail address). Please mention at
the bottom what area or theme you believe your abstract covers
(e.g. Pragmatics, Media language, dialectology, political sociology

Send abstracts to reach no later than Dec. 15, 1998 to:

P. B. Nayar
Faculty of Arts and Technology
Lincoln University Campus
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LS6 7TS
United Kingdom

Abstracts may also be submitted as an attachment to e.mail (one copy
with all information required) to:

Papers should be targeted for a half-hour slot, of which at least 10
minutes will be reserved for post-presentation discussion. So the
available time for actual paper presentation will be 20 minutes.

Notification of acceptance will be made by March 15, 1998

Lincoln University has an attractive, modern campus with excellent
facilities, on a scenic location in the historic cathedral city of
Lincoln. Lincoln is well connected by rail and road from London (120
miles) Manchester (90 miles) and Nottingham (40 miles).


The registration package includes two nights in very modern,
comfortable on-campus rooms with ensuite bath and self-catering
facilities at very moderate prices. An additional night will cost 15.
There are also several hotels in the city within walking distance from
the campus. The cost ranges from 50 to 80 per night.


Full conference package: 

Registration + on campus accommodation for two nights + two breakfasts
150 Registarion only: 120 

Daily registration: 45 Conference dinner on 10/9/99 25 (optional) All
rates include lunch(es) and refreshments on the days of attendance.

There will be a late surcharge on registrations received after June 1,

All presenters will receive detailed information package. For
enquries and additional information, contact:

The Conference Secretary - MAVEN II
Faculty of Arts and Technology
Lincoln University Campus
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS

Tel: +44 1522 886251
Fax: +44 1522 886021

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Message 2: Towards Culturally Situated Agents

Date: 13 Jul 98 11:46:48 EDT
From: PONeillBrown <>
Subject: Towards Culturally Situated Agents


 Issues in Cross Cultural Communication

 24th of November 1998, SINGAPORE


Culture underlies every aspect of social behavior and influences
communication style, personality, character, motivation, knowledge and
cognition. There is an extensive body of work on cross-cultural
differences in communication styles in the linguistics and cultural
anthropology literature.

In the intelligent user interface design community, over the years,
fueled by the recognition that different types of users are motivated
by different needs and goals, attention has been given to the
development of adaptive user interfaces. However, this line of
research and development has given little consideration to the
influence that culture plays in shaping what users want out of the
computational experience. In order to create interfaces that
accommodate different user styles, therefore, it is important to
understand these cultural influences, since, in many cases, a user
will react to interfaces on the basis of cultural background.

Similarly, if we are to view an agent, software or robot as a social
member of a "cyber society, " then that agent must be able to invoke
cultural knowledge in order to communicate flexibly with human users
and possibly other agents. If agents are reflective only of their
designers' communicative behaviors and are not able to adapt to the
styles of other agents which they meet in heterogeneous, distributed
environments and virtual reality worlds, then our agents may be
trapped in a Tower of Babel.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss cultural influences as they
(may) inform interactions among human and software agents. This
workshop is intended to attract participants from those communities
concerned with such a perspective of communication.

The workshop aims to be interdisciplinary in nature and is therefore
open to contributions from various research fields. The topics which
the workshop addresses are relevant, for instance, in: anthropology,
sociology, sociolinguistics, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), CSCW,
machine learning, adaptive systems research, collaborative virtual
environments, multi-media multi-user environments, ethnology, social
sciences, psychology and cognitive science.

The scope of this workshop includes, but need not be restricted to the
following topics:

* the nature of cross cultural communication, including case studies
and examples
* the origin and evolution of communication 
* linguistic and ethnographic studies of cross cultural communication 
* negotiation strategies among humans from different cultural
* negotiation strategies among agents informed by different cultural
* user interfaces and new media for cross cultural communication 
* the impact of Internet technology on cross cultural communication 
* culturally situated metaphors in interface, machine and agent design
* ethnomethodology in interface and agent design 
* culturally dependent metaphors and language of describing and
talking about humans, machines and agents: influences on the design
process, theory/model building, and scientific experimentation
* case studies of program execution problems due to agent to agent and
 human to agent miscommunication
* standards which are open to the development of multiple ontologies
of mult iagent communication in heterogeneous environments 
* working examples of culturally adaptive agents in multiagent or
 human-agent systems 
Papers should address these topics in the context of how they relate
to issues in agent design and agent behavior.

Participation and Submission of Papers 

The workshop will comprise a few keynote talks, a panel discussion
with participants from different research areas and presentations of
preliminary findings by workshop participants.

Participants will be selected by the organizing committee (see below)
based on submitted papers.

Potential participants who wish to present their work at the workshop
should submit a short paper (up to 5,000 words) or extended abstract
(1,500 to 2,500 words). Contributions should describe work in
progress, completed work, positions, or give significant insight into
the issues on cross cultural communication. Other potential
participants should send a statement of interest (one page), briefly
describing their work and their interest in the workshop.

Some of the participants will be asked to contribute a paper to the
final working notes. All participants will be invited to bring a
poster presenting their work.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail (ascii, unix compatible
PostScript, or rtf) to the Workshop Chair, Takashi Kido,

For more information about the workshop, please contact the Workshop
Chair, Takashi Kido,

* Abstracts/Papers due by: July 18 1998 
* Notification of Acceptance: September 20, 1998 
* Camera-ready version of Final Paper due: October 18, 1998 
* Date of Workshop: Sunday, November 22, 1998 

Kido Takashi 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
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 Patricia O'Neill-Brown 
 Asia Pacific Technology Program 
 U.S. Department of Commerce 
 Washington, DC, USA 

Kerstin Dautenhahn 
Department of Cybernetics 
University of Reading 
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Stephen Smoliar 
FX Palo Alto Laboratory 
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 Workshop Chair 
Please send abstracts/papers or any questions to

Kido Takashi 
NTT MSC SDN BHD (437563-H) 
Letter Box No. 37, 18th Floor, UBN Tower 
No. 10. Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Phone: +60 3 238 4077 
Fax: +60 3 238 4037- 202 0476 

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