LINGUIST List 4.344

Thu 06 May 1993

Confs: Italian, Socio, Acquisition, NL Interfaces

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  • , First Call for Papers
  • Dr M Sebba, Sociolinguistics Symposium Announcement
  • , Change of date: Workshop on the L1- and L2-acquisition of clause

    Message 1: First Call for Papers

    Date: Tue, 4 May 1993 07:47 EST First Call for Papers
    Subject: First Call for Papers

    This year's American Association of Italian Studies held two sessions in Linguistics for the first time. Due in part to our appeal to *Linguist*, we drew a number of linguists who would not have normally known about the conference.

    Again next year there will be at least two sessions in Linguistics, with the specifics to be determined by submissions. The abstracts will be due sometime in the Fall. Next year's con- ference will be held at the U. of Wisconsin in Madison in April. Anyone may submit a proposal; papers MUST be presented in person, they cannot be read by anyone else. Presenters must be members of the AAIS, but you need not be a member to submit an abstract. You also do not need to be an inhabitant of the "Americas" to submit!

    I therefore encourage anyone who is working in the area of Italian (and its dialects, etc.) to consider submitting this Fall. Questions welcome- feel free to contact me at

    Morganloyvax.bitnet OR

    Leslie Morgan, Dept. of Modern Langs. and Lits., Loyola Coll in MD.

    Message 2: Sociolinguistics Symposium Announcement

    Date: Tue, 4 May 1993 12:52:44 +Sociolinguistics Symposium Announcement
    From: Dr M Sebba <>
    Subject: Sociolinguistics Symposium Announcement


    The next Sociolinguistics Symposium will take place at Lancaster University, 23rd - 25th March 1994.

    The theme for the symposium will be:


    Keynote Speakers: Peter Auer Charles Ferguson Shirley Brice Heath

    We welcome abstracts for papers and proposals for workshops or special sessions. (See below)

    The Symposium will begin at lunch time on Wednesday 23rd March and end before lunch on Friday 25th March.

    Lancaster is in the North-West of England, about 100km (60 miles) from Manchester and close to the Lake District, a popular resort for outdoor activities. The University campus is in countryside about 5km from the city centre.

    There is easy access to the University by rail, road and air.

    RAIL: Frequent service (3-4 hours travel) from London Euston. Also frequent services from Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh. ROAD: The university is close to exit 33 of the M6 motorway, connecting it with all parts of Britain. AIR: The closest international airport is Manchester, 60 - 90 minutes away by car, somewhat more by rail. There are also good rail services from Glasgow and London.



    If you would like to submit an abstract, please send it directly to: Sharon Dexter, SS10, Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YT, England.

    New deadline for abstracts: 15th August 1993.

    Themes we have identified as being relevant to this Symposium include:

    * Bilingualism/Multilingualism * Language and education * Language and ethnicity * Language and gender * Language and power * Language ecology * Language policy * Literacy * Media discourse * Pidgins/creoles * Regional or non-standard language varieties

    Abstracts related to other themes are not excluded.

    Proposals for workshops are also invited and should be sent to the same address.

    Marilyn Martin-Jones Mark Sebba Conference Organisers

    e-mail: OR

    Message 3: Change of date: Workshop on the L1- and L2-acquisition of clause

    Date: Thu, 6 May 93 13:19 MET
    From: <>
    Subject: Change of date: Workshop on the L1- and L2-acquisition of clause

    Dear Colleagues As you all know, the workshop "On the L1- and L2-acquisition of clause-internal rules: Scrambling and cliticization coincides with the NELS Meeting this year. By request of colleagues who wish to attend both meetings we decided to delay the workshop. In coordination with the GALA Meeting in Durham and the BU Conference, we suggest that the workshop will take place on January 21-23 1994

    Those interested in presenting a paper should send four copies of a one-paged abstract to:

    Zvi Penner Institut fuer Sprachwissenschaft Uni Bern Laenggassstr. 49 CH-3000 Bern 9 Switzerland

    Tel ++41-31-65 37 65 FAX ++41 31 65 36 03 E-Mail ISPRAISW.UNIBE.CH

    Hotel & Travel expences of the speakers (especially of those who are not funded by their home universities) will be partially reimbursed The organizing committee Z. Penner (Berne), T. Roeper (UMass), J. Weissenborn (MPI), K. Wexler (MIT)


    Date: Thu, 6 May 93 17:33:42 +02TWENTE WORKSHOP ON LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY 5 (TWLT5)
    From: Toine Andernach <>

    Natural Language Interfaces: From Laboratory to Commercial and User Environment

    3 and 4 June 1993 Twente University of Technology Enschede, the Netherlands

    TWLT 5 is financially supported by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences

    Program TWLT 5

    Thursday June 3 10.15 Registration and coffee

    10.55 F. de Jong (University Twente): Opening

    11.00 R. Scha (University Amsterdam): Understanding media: language vs. graphics

    11.45 L. Boves (University Nijmegen): Spoken language interfaces

    12.30 Lunch

    14.00 J. Nerbonne (University Groningen): Natural language interfaces in Turing Test

    14.45 K. Simons (Digimaster): Natural language: A working system

    15.15 Coffee, tea, demo

    16.00 P. Horsman (Rijksarchiefdienst): Accessibility of archival documents

    16.30 W. Sijtsma & O. Zweekhorst (ITK): Comparison and review of commercial natural language interfaces

    17.15 Drinks

    Friday June 4 09.00 J. Schaake et al (University Twente): The reactive model: Integration of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in a functional design

    09.30 D. Speelman (University Leuven): A natural language interface that uses generalized quantifiers

    10.15 Coffee, tea

    10.45 R.-J. Beun (IPO): Modeling pragmatics in natural language interfaces

    11.30 W. v. Hahn (University Hamburg): ASL: Architectures for speech and language

    12.15 Lunch

    13.45 C. Huls & E. Bos (NICI) : EDWARD: A multimodal interface

    14.15 G. Neumann (University Saarbr|cken): Design principles of the DISCO system

    15.00 Coffee, tea

    15.30 C. Strapparava (IRST, Trento): NL-based interaction in a multimodal environment

    16.15 Closing of the Workshop

    Registration Registration should be received before May 15. After this date, first enquire whether participation is still possible. Registration can be done by sending mail or email to the organizing secretariat. Please include your full name and address, telephone and whether you want the organizing secretariat to make a hotel reservation. The workshop fee is Dfl. 120. Students pay Dfl. 50. The fee includes the proceedings of the workshop, lunches on June 3 and 4, coffee and tea during the breaks and the informal reception on June 3. Payment will be made only on-site.

    Accommodations The organizing secretariat can handle hotel reservations at the campus (the conference site) or in neighbouring cities (Enschede or Hengelo). Room including breakfast is about Dfl. 100 per night. Cheaper accommodation is possible. Please indicate your wishes in your (e-)mail registration.

    Conference Site The workshop will take place in the International Congress and Study Centre 'Drienerburght' at the campus of Twente University. The campus can be reached by bus from Hengelo (nr. 15 or 51) or from Enschede (nr. 1 or 51). At the campus follow the red signs to the TWLT workshop (a 10 minutes walk from the entrance). During the conference hours participants can be reached at 31-53-331366.

    Workshop Organizing Secretariat Mrs. J. Lammerink and mrs. A. Hoogvliet-Haverkate, Department of Computer Science, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, the Netherlands.

    email: telephone: 31-53-893680 fax: 31-53-315283