LINGUIST List 9.542

Wed Apr 8 1998

Calls: Learner Corpora,Computer Assisted Lang Learning

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  1. lawson, Learner Corpora
  2. Mark Peterson, Computer Assisted Language Learning

Message 1: Learner Corpora

Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:17:58 +0100 (WET DST)
From: lawson <>
Subject: Learner Corpora


The Chinese University of Hong Kong
14-16 December, 1998

First circular

We are pleased to announce an international symposium on computer learner
corpora (CLC) to be held in Hong Kong from 14-16 December, 1998. The
symposium is intended as a multi-disciplinary forum for discussion and
presentation of research on CLCs. Particular importance will be attached to
examining its links with second language acquisition theory and foreign
language teaching. 

Computer learner corpora: a new source of data for SLA and FL Teaching

Interest in computer learner corpora is growing fast and there is a
widespread acknowledgement among SLA specialists and foreign language
teaching professionals of their theoretical and practical value. Several
large computer learner corpora representing a range of mediums and genres
either have been or are currently being compiled. The symposium will be an
ideal opportunity to review progress and set new research goals.

The programme of papers, poster presentations and software demonstrations
will cover six broad topic areas:

1. Contribution of computer learner corpora (CLC) to second language
acquisition research
2. Learner corpus building
3. Software tools for learner corpus analysis
4. CLC methodology
5. CLC-based studies of learner grammar, lexis and discourse
6. Computer learner corpora and language teaching: tools and methodology

Although much of the current research up to the present has been carried
out on English as a Foreign/Second Language, papers reporting on CLC
research into different learner languages will also be welcome. 

Symposium organizers

Professor Joseph Hung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Sylviane Granger, Universit Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Organizational aspects

- Opening: Monday 14 December, 1998, 9 am
- Closing: Wednesday 16 December, 1998, 5 pm
- max. 80 participants (first come, first served)
- Symposium fee (including coffee breaks and meals): 200 US dollars
- Accommodation: 80 rooms available on/off CUHK campus: 60-90 US dollars
for a twin room and 50-70 for a single room
- A multi-media centre will house the software demonstrations
- Post-symposium tours of China and Macau will be organized. 


- Submission of preliminary notice of participation (see attached form):
30 April 1998
- Submission of 1 page (A4) abstract: 8 May 1998. Electronic submission as
a Word file is encouraged, but a hard copy should be mailed or faxed to the
local organizer
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 May 1998
- Registration and transfer of room deposit: 31 May 1998 
- Submission of an extended abstract (c. 1,500 words) to be included in the
symposium proceedings: 30 September 1998


The symposium working language (including abstracts and presentations) will
be English. 


All enquiries, requests and submissions should be directed to the local
organizer, J. Hung, preferably by email <> with an
electronic copy to S. Granger <>.

Professor J. Hung			Professor Sylviane Granger
English Department			Universit Catholique de Louvain
The Chinese University of HK	Centre for English Corpus 					Linguistics
Shatin, New Territories		Place Blaise Pascal 1
Hong Kong				1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Tel: +852 2609-7004			Belgium
Fax: +852 2603-5270			Tel: + 32 10 474947; 32 10474034
Email:	Fax: + 32 10472579
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Message 2: Computer Assisted Language Learning

Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 13:13:58 +0900
From: Mark Peterson <>
Subject: Computer Assisted Language Learning

The international journal Computer Assisted Language Learning is
seeking submissions for a special edition focusing on the work of
scholars based in Japan.

Aims and Scope:

Computer Assisted Language Learning is an international journal which
leads the field in its total dedication to all matters associated with
the use of computers in language learning (L1 and L2) It provides a
forum to discuss the discoveries in the field and to exchange
experience and information about existing techniques. The scope of the
Journal is intentionally wide-ranging and embraces a multitude of

Areas Covered:

- Pedagogical principles and their applications
- Cognitive Modelling
- Observations on, and evaluation of, CALL software
- Intelligent Tutoring Systems
- Digitised versions of Video and Audio
- Application of AI to language teaching
- Computer assisted translation
- Computer assisted composition
- Multi-lingual systems
- Simulated-active learning environments


Teachers and researchers, linguists, computer scientists, psychologists,
and educationalists

Contributions may be e-mailed to Mark Peterson at Japan Advanced Institute
of Science and Technology (JAIST) e-mail Or mailed to
the following address:
c/o JAIST,
The deadline for submissions will be September 30th 1998.
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