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LINGUIST List 17.2111

Fri Jul 21 2006

Confs: Applied Ling;Computational Ling/UK

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        1.    Graeme Ritchie, Workshop on Language Play and Computers

Message 1: Workshop on Language Play and Computers
Date: 19-Jul-2006
From: Graeme Ritchie <gritchiecsd.abdn.ac.uk>
Subject: Workshop on Language Play and Computers

Workshop on Language Play and Computers

Date: 25-Aug-2006 - 26-Aug-2006
Location: Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Contact: Rolf Black
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://groups.inf.ed.ac.uk/standup/workshop

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

There will be 6 talks by researchers working on software which children can interact with to develop their language skills, and 2 sessions where participants have hands-on experience of 4 of these computer programs.

Encouraging children to play with language is an potentially rich way of promoting the development of language and communication skills. This workshop presents a variety of recent research into developing software which gives children the opportunity for language play through interaction with a computer. There will also be time for hands-on experience of some examples of this type of software, under the supervision of its designers.

There will be talks by researchers who have developed language play software, including the local creators of the STANDUP program which allows children to create their own puns.

The event is aimed both at practitioners in education, including teachers and speech/language therapists, and at researchers in education, language, humour, and (especially) combinations of these. It is possible to attend either Day 1 or Day 2 or both.

Early registration is recommended as places are limited to 50 per day. There is no fee for attendance. Those wishing to attend should complete and send in the registration form, which is on the Workshop website.

A small number of participants may apply for a contribution from the Workshop towards their travelling and accommodation expenses for attending the event. Preference in the award of this subsidy will be given to therapists and teachers, as funding is limited.

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