LINGUIST List 9.990

Wed Jul 1 1998

FYI: Sing Language Exhibition, ILLC, Alsic

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  • LOT (Sibylla Nijhof), announcement Sing Language Exhibition at Utrecht University Museum
  • Marco R. Vervoort, ILLC Research Reports and Technical Notes 1998
  • Revue ALSIC, Alsic, first Issue

    Message 1: announcement Sing Language Exhibition at Utrecht University Museum

    Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 08:39:15 +0200
    From: LOT (Sibylla Nijhof) <>
    Subject: announcement Sing Language Exhibition at Utrecht University Museum


    Starting Friday 26 June (and lasting until February 1999), the University Museum of Utrecht University (the Netherlands) hosts:


    An exhibition on aspects of Sign Language

    Until comparatively recently, educational environments and conditions for acquiring sign language were far from perfect. In Europe during the first half of this century, the use of sign language was often prohibited in schools and institutions for the deaf, out of the noble but essentially mistaken belief that learning to speak would be the deaf person's doorway to society. Fortunately, these ideas are now considered outdated and detrimental to the deafs' cause. In the Netherlands, Nederlandse Gebaren Taal is on the verge of being officially recognized by the government as a minority language on Dutch soil.

    This exhibition is presented from the point of view that Sign Language is an extremely `visual' form of language. It takes the opportunity the provide general information about language, and languages, to a relatively lay public, and emphasizes that sign languages are the natural languages of the hearing impaired anywhere in the world. In a simple fashion, and by dint of a number of specially developed games, it discusses some basic linguistic notions such as the language faculty in the brain, the process of language acquisition, and the building blocks of words and sentences. And it addresses some common misunderstandings about sign languages: they are neither completely `iconic' nor universal, they are not simply the word-by-word signed counterparts of the spoken languages of the same cultural community, you can perform poetry in them, make jokes, and so on.

    "Kijk ! Taal" is a joint production of the Utrecht University Museum, the The Hague Vi-taal Foundation (Tony Bloem and Ruud Janssen), and the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (Wim Zonneveld and Inge Zwitserlood).

    Museum open: 11-17 hrs. daily (Sa/Sun 13-17 hrs.) The Lange Nieuwstraat 106, where the museum is situated in a beautiful new building in the Utrecht "Museum Quarter", is a 5 minutes walk from the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics at Trans 10. From Trans, rather than turn right towards the Inner City and the Dom Tower, turn left: this is the Korte Nieuwstraat which inevitably spills into the Lange Nieuwstraat. Utrecht is a 20 minute train ride from Amsterdam. The museum's location is a 20 minutes walk (or a 10 minutes bus ride) from the central railway station: go through the Inner City towards the Dom Tower, then proceed as above.

    - ------------------------------------------------------------ LOT Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics Trans 10 3512 JK Utrecht Phone: +31 30 2536006 Fax: +31 30 2536000 - ------------------------------------------------------------

    Message 2: ILLC Research Reports and Technical Notes 1998

    Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 23:30:30 +0200 (MET DST)
    From: Marco R. Vervoort <>
    Subject: ILLC Research Reports and Technical Notes 1998

    ILLC Scientific Publications This document contains the titles of the reports that were published by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) this year. All ILLC reports are available from the ILLC bureau:

    ILLC Bureau University of Amsterdam Plantage Muidergracht 24 NL-1018 TV Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Many reports are also electronically available, by WWW at and or FTP at The ILLC bureau may be contacted by email, at

    Reports are numbered Series-Year-Number, where `Series' is one of CT = Computation and Complexity Theory LP = Logic, Philosophy and Linguistics ML = Mathematical Logic and Foundations MoL = Master of Logic Thesis

    Report LP-1998-01 Title: Severe Withdrawal (and Recovery) Author: Hans Rott, Maurice Pagnucco

    Report LP-1998-02 Title: Type-shifting and Scrambled Definites Author: Jaap van der Does, Helen de Hoop

    Report LP-1998-03 Title: The Role of Consciousness and Intentionality in Perception, Semantics, Representations and Rules Author: Renate Bartsch

    Report LP-1998-04 Title: Resource Bounded Belief Revision Author: Renata Wassermann

    Message 3: Alsic, first Issue

    Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 15:19:16 +0200
    From: Revue ALSIC <>
    Subject: Alsic, first Issue

    15th June 1998

    FIRST ISSUE OF ALSIC, A NEW INTERNET JOURNAL on Language Learning and Information and Communication Systems

    ALSIC (Language Learning and Information and Communication Systems) is a French speaking electronic journal for researchers and practitioners. It aims at presenting theoretical and practical work in didactics, applied linguistics, educational sciences, computational linguistics, computer science...

    The journal gives priority to papers from the French-speaking community and/or in French, but it also regularly invites papers in other languages so as to strengthen scientific and technical exchanges between linguistic communities that too often remain separate.

    Number 1 : Table of contents - --------------------------- RESEARCH - Rflexions linguistiques et smiologiques pour une criture didactique du multimdia de langues, de A.L. Foucher - Une approche pragmatique cognitive de l'interaction personne/systme informatis, de M. Saint-Pierre.

    PRACTICE AND RESEARCH - Dispositifs de formation en anglais l'espace multimdia (Montpellier III). Description et approche critique, de L. Vincent- Durroux et C. Poussard.

    REVIEWS BOOKS - Les machines enseigner de E. Bruillard - Apprendre avec le multimdia, o en est-on ? (J. Crinon & C. Gautellier). - L'Autoformation (P. Carr, A. Moisan & D. Poisson).

    SOFTWARE - Opration Teddy Bear. - Pleased to Meet You.

    FORUM - L'autonomie de l'apprenant en questions, de H. Portine.


    Number 2 will be issued in December 1998.

    Revue ALSIC : Apprentissage des Langues et Systemes d'Information et de Communication

    Toile : Mel/Courriel : Telecopie : 03 81 66 64 50 (+ 33 3 81 66 64 50)