LINGUIST List 9.1677

Thu Nov 26 1998

Calls: Cognitive Science, Language Learning Technology

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  1. Colleen Seifert, Cognitive Science Conference
  2. Eurocall'99, Information and Communication Technology

Message 1: Cognitive Science Conference

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 11:39:28 -0500
From: Colleen Seifert <>
Subject: Cognitive Science Conference

Cogsci is an interdisciplinary research group, in which linguistics plays 
a major role. We would like to encourage linguists to submit papers to the 


Call for Papers and Proposals

We are pleased to announce the twenty-first annual meeting 
of the Cognitive Science Society on August 19-21, 1999. 
The conference site is Vancouver, British Columbia, 
on the downtown campus of Simon Fraser University. 
Our goal in organizing this conference is to reflect the full 
spectrum of the many research areas in Cognitive Science. 
We welcome all submissions, and trust that multiple 
research themes will emerge naturally. We are especially 
interested in submissions in areas that have been under
represented at recent conferences. There are six
categories for submissions:

Spoken Papers: 20-minute spoken presentations;
reviewed and published as six-page papers in the
Proceedings. Submission length: up to 2000 words.

Symposia: Two-hour spoken presentations, including
three or more well-integrated talks on a common topic;
reviewed and published as one-page abstracts in the
Proceedings. Submission length: up to 1000 words.

Posters: Standard poster presentations; reviewed and
published as 6-page papers in the Proceedings. 
Submission length: up to 2000 words.

Abstract Posters: Poster presentations by full
members of the Society only; not reviewed or
published in the proceedings. Submission length: 
up to 500 words. Society members can submit 
abstracts for posters through March 6, 1999.

Tutorials: Sessions devoted to technical tutorials
may be offered. Possible topics include hidden Markov
models, ACT model, cognitive task analysis, & fMRI. 
For more information, see

Workshops: Sessions devoted to education in Cognitive
Science may also be offered. Proposals for "how-to"
sessions on undergraduate and graduate programs of
study are requested. For more information, see

Review Process: Submissions for spoken papers,
standard posters, and symposia will be reviewed by
these criteria: Technical/Theoretical Merit; Relevance
to a Broad Audience of Cognitive Science Researchers;
Clarity of Presentation; Significance; and Originality. 

*****All submissions will be refereed electronically.
We require camera-ready paper copies only once
accepted for publication. Information on electronic
submission formats can be found at our conference

Conference Chair: Prof. Martin Hahn		
Postal Mail: CogSci99, c/o Philosophy Dept., 
Simon Fraser Univ., Vancouver, B.C., V5A 1S6

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 
FEBRUARY 6, 1999, for consideration.

For Cognitive Science Society membership information,
please see 
Or, contact the society office c/o Prof. Colleen
Seifert, Univ. of Michigan, 525 East University, Ann
Arbor, MI, 48109-1109; phone: (734) 429-9248; fax:
(734) 763-7480; email:

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Message 2: Information and Communication Technology

Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 21:08:16 +0200
From: Eurocall'99 <>
Subject: Information and Communication Technology


 (deadline: 31 January 1999)

 Besancon (France)
 15 - 18 September 1999

The yearly conference of the European association EUROCALL
( will be held in Besancon from
Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th September 1999.
This conference is a unique opportunity to encourage and disseminate state
of the art research and applications for the use of computer mediated
environments for language learning.


Main Theme
- ---------


For parallel sessions and poster sessions, priority will be given to papers
focussing on the contribution of ICT to one of the following learning

 - Continuing Education ; Life-long Learning/Education.
 - Vocational Training.
 - Open and Distance Learning.
 - Language Classrooms at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels.
 - Multimedia Language Laboratories ; Language Resource Centres.
 - Self-directed learning ; Autonomous learning.

The specific contribution of ICT in one of these learning situations could
be studied from the following points of view : development and
implementation of hypermedia and multimedia systems; the use of ICT for
providing a learning context; the nature, the status and the role of those
involved in the use of ICT and their training (teachers, trainers,
facilitators, counsellors, tutors, etc.); learner-centred approaches; the
role and place of ICT within the larger framework of cultural,
intercultural acquisition, and communicative or conceptual approaches.

Second Theme
- ----------

 Evaluation of language skills and language testing

This theme will provide a framework for the theoretical and practical
discussion of the contribution of ICT to the evaluation of Language Skills
from multiple approaches such as the enunciative/functional point of view
to be found in the DCL and DELF (Diplme Elmentaire de Langue Francaise)
exams, or the points of view of Language
Testing and Adaptive Testing. Reports about ongoing European or national
evaluation projects will be most welcome.

These two main themes will underpin the
whole conference, will be echoed in several pre-conference seminars and
parallel sessions and will be taken up in keynote addresses.

Other themes
- ----------

As well as the main and secondary conference themes described above, papers
and presentations are invited, either at theoretical or practical levels,
discussing innovations in the field of ICT with a view to improving
language learning and acquisition ; the relations between ICT and learning
models ; learner-system interaction or interaction between the agents
(learner, trainer, tutor, etc.) through ICT ; the integration of ICT in
training systems. The following list is merely intended as a guide and is
not exhaustive:

 * Computer Mediated Communication: Theoretical models and sociological
 aspects of language learning on the Internet ; virtual classrooms ;
 linguistic interactions ; dialog exchange systems ; e-mail exchanges
 (tandems) ; video-conferencing ; multi-modal exchanges (audio, video);
 MOOs ; CHAT systems ; whiteboards.

 * NLP (Natural Language Processing) and language learning:
 corpus-based learning ; speech technology and computer assisted
 pronunciation and intonation ; electronic dictionaries for learners ;
 on-line spelling and style checkers ; help systems for writing,
 grammar-learning and error diagnosis.

 * Hypermedia and multimedia systems: hypertext tools ; help systems for
 Web browsing and editing ; study of the relations between the verbal
 and non-verbal in ICT with a view to facilitating learning ;
 authoring systems ; evaluation of ICT.

 * A Learner Model: towards a model of the learner in ICT and language
 acquisition ; identification, influence and evaluation of learning
 strategies, cognitive styles and social factors.

 * Didactics: didactic strategies and models ; which metalanguage in ICT?
 the role of culture.

 * Teacher training: national and European policies in teacher training
 and the training of teachers in ICT ; the new role(s) of teachers.

- ----------

The pre-conference day (Wednesday 15 Sept., 1999) will offer both workshops
and seminars. The format of the seminars will be either that of a formal
lesson/tutorial about one of the ICT themes mentioned above, or that of
exchanges on one particular theme focussing either on a synthesis of
existing research or a discussion of new research paradigms.
The conference itself (from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 (am)) will offer
Papers given by guest speakers, Parallel Paper sessions, Show and Tell
sessions, Posters and an ongoing Demo-Fair. For more information about
these activities, please look at our Website.

If you want to:
- submit a proposal for a paper, poster or Show and Tell session, please
use the form of the next message. Proposals in English, French or any other
European languages are welcome.
- propose to run a workshop or a seminar, have a look at our guidelines for
submissions on our Website.

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- 31 January 1999: deadline for submitting paper, show and tell, poster
- 31 March 1999: notification of panels' decision.
- 31 May 1999: deadline for early bird registration fee.
- 16 September 1999: abstracts publication.
- 31 October 1999: deadline for submitting full papers.
- Mai 2000: publication in ReCALL or Alsic journals.

- ------

Laboratoire LIB, Universit de Franche-Comt
16 route de Gray,
25030 Besancon Cedex, France
Tel : 33 3 81 66 64 53
Fax : 33 3 81 66 64 50
Email :
Internet :

Proposals for papers, posters or show and tell
must use the submission form (see below).

- ---------------

The main part of the form consists of an abstract. The abstract should be
600 words long for a paper and 300 words long for a
poster or a show and tell.

You may use one of the three following possibilities:

 1) the online form (
 2) e-mail.
 Send the form in the body of the e-mail (not as an attached
 file). Send your e-mail to:
 3) ordinary mail. Send:
 - the form (which includes the abstract) on a disk using one
 of the following formats: Word (Mac or PC), RTF, ASCII
 - and a hard copy of the form.
 Send disk + hard copy to :
 Thierry SELVA
 Laboratoire d'Informatique de Besancon
 Universit de Franche-Comt
 16, route de Gray
 25030 Besancon Cedex, France



1. Last name, first name and address of the main author.

 Last name: First name:

ZIP: City:


2. Main author's e-mail, phone number (optional) and fax number (optional).

Phone number: Fax number:

3. Main author's occupation.
Select among:
 [ ] Primary/secondary school system: teacher,
 [ ] Primary/secondary school system: teacher trainer,
 [ ] University: lecturer, University: training administrator,
 [ ] Trainer for adults,
 [ ] Researcher,
 [ ] Software developer,
 [ ] Publisher,
 [ ] Student,
 [ ] Other.

4. Biodata. Please briefly describe (4 lines max) your background in ICT and
language learning.


5. Is the main author a member of one of these associations? (Ignore if not)

 Member of EUROCALL Yes [ ] No [ ] ; Membership No (if known) :
 Member of CALICO Yes [ ] No [ ] ; Membership No (if known) :


6. Information about co-authors : only last and first names, institution and



7. Type of submission. For more details, see below.

Paper [ ] Poster [ ] Show & Tell [ ]

8. Theme of the submission. In order to help us organise topics of the
parallel sessions, first select among: main theme, second theme, or other
themes, as described above. Then select a sub-theme in each case, when
applicable. Several choices are possible.

8.1 Main theme: [ ]
 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in varied language learning

If you submit within the main theme, please choose one of the following
 [ ] Continuing Education/Life-long Learning/Education,
 [ ] Vocational Training,
 [ ] Open and Distance Learning,
 [ ] Language Classrooms at Primary/Secondary/Tertiary levels,
 [ ] Multimedia Language Laboratories/Language Resource Centres,
 [ ] Self-directed learning/Autonomous learning.

8.2 Second theme: [ ]
 Evaluation of language skills and language testing

8.3 Other themes: [ ]
 If your submission belongs to "other themes", select among the following
 [ ] Computer Mediated Communication,
 [ ] NLP (Natural Language Processing) and language learning,
 [ ] Hypermedia and multimedia systems,
 [ ] Learner Modelling,
 [ ] Didactics,
 [ ] Teacher training,
 [ ] Other.

9. Title of the submission. Give the title in the language of the

Title :

10. Abstract. Give the abstract in the language of the
presentation. Select as appropriate:

 * paper : 600 words
 * poster : 300 words
 * show and tell: 300 words. Give a clear description of the software e.g.
 type, technical specification, desired learning outcomes, design
 principles, stage of development (pilot or beta-testing, etc),
 evaluation of the software, and main characteristics.


========================= End of form =================================


a) Parallel session papers

Parallel session papers on special themes will give researchers and
practioners the opportunity to present their papers. All papers
will be subject to review by the EUROCALL Academic Panel. The
review selection procedure is rigorous and papers submitted
after the 31st January deadline may not be considered. Each
presentation should last 45 minutes (30 minutes for the paper and 15
minutes for discussion). A selection of full papers will be published
in ReCALL after the conference and sent to participants, or in
the French speaking online journal Alsic.

b) Show and tell

Participants who have developed an original piece of software are invited to
give a 10 min talk followed by a 30 min demonstration.

c) Posters

Participants present work in progress in the format of a poster. The
selected participants can display their work and may have access to a
machine in a dedicated room for demos. Time slots will be allocated and
scheduled everyday for informal talks.

The selection procedure for Show and tell and posters is the same as for

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Eurocall'99, septembre/September 1999, Besancon, France

Conference europeenne sur les systemes d'information
et de communication pour l'aide a l'apprentissage des langues.
European conference on Computer Assisted Language Learning

Toile/Web :
Mel/Email :
Telecopie : 03 81 66 64 50 / Fax: 33 3 81 66 64 50
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