LINGUIST List 14.163

Fri Jan 17 2003

Calls: Functional Literacy/Quantitative Linguistics

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  1. sashakr, Functional Literacy in Modern Society, Russia
  2. baayen, Quantitative Linguistics, GA USA

Message 1: Functional Literacy in Modern Society, Russia

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 23:30:22 +0000
From: sashakr <>
Subject: Functional Literacy in Modern Society, Russia

International Conference on Functional Literacy in Modern Society

Short Title: ICFLMS
Location: Irkutsk, Russia
Date: 19-Jun-0200 - 21-Jun-0200 
Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Web Site:
Contact Person: Julia Zelberg
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Subfield(s): 
Philosophy of Language, Language Acquisition, General Linguistics,
Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

The Language Center of Baikal State University of Economics and Law is
pleased to announce its 8th annual conference on Linguistic Paradigms
and Didactics devoted to Functional Literacy in Modern Society. The
rapid growth of the human habitat in informational complexity and
sophistication has given rise to a number of cognitive and didactic
problems related to language use. People receiving general and higher
education often cannot function efficiently in modern society because
they cannot adequately process the knowledge represented and stored in
language and texts. Functional illiteracy slows down the educational
process in universities, impedes professional and cross-cultural
communication, causes communication and understanding problems both in
native and foreign languages. All this is the result of the
underestimation of the role which a general humanis-tic/linguistic
education plays in today's society.

We invite contributions covering, but not limited to, the following topics:
1. Functional Illiteracy as a Social Issue;
2. The General Humanistic Foundations of Functional Literacy: The
Didactic and Cognitive Aspects of Linguis-tic Competence and
3. The General and Professional Education of a Specialist from a
Linguistic and Cultural Perspective;
4. Functional Literacy and Communication

Conference Languages: Russian, English.

Invited speakers:
Victor Vonogradov, Director, Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy
of Sciences (to be confirmed)
Galina Voronenkova, Director, Free Russian-German Institute for
Journalism, Moscow State University
Victoria Yamshanova, Director, Institute of Foreign Languages,
St.-Petersburg University of Finance and Economics
Aleksey Kushnir, Editor-in-Chief, 'Public Education' (Moscow)

The abstracts should not exceed 500 words (1 page), including data and
references. Contributions are accepted only by e-mail in MS-WORD or
RTF format. Please include in the body of the message the following
- title of paper 
- name(s) of author(s) 
- affiliation 
- e-mail address
- area (as specified in the topics for discussion)
- language of presentation

Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes for delivery followed by 5
minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be sent to The deadline for abstract submission is March 31,
2003. Notification of acceptance by April 15, 2003. Authors of
accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a camera-ready copy of
their papers for inclusion in the Proceedings of the 8th International
Conference on Linguistic Paradigms and Didactics: Func-tional Literacy
in Modern Society, by April 30, 2003. Style-sheet guidelines will be
announced at a later date.
Alexander Kravchenko
Language Center, BUEL,
Irkutsk, Russia
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Message 2: Quantitative Linguistics, GA USA

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 05:00:33 +0000
From: baayen <>
Subject: Quantitative Linguistics, GA USA

Quantitative Linguistics Conference 2003

Short Title: QUALICO 2003
Location: Athens, GA USA
Date: 28-May-2003 - 28-May-2003 
Call Deadline: 17-Feb-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Harald Baayen
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

Qualico 2003 is the fifth conference of the International Quantitative
Linguistics Association, which will be held at the University of
Georgia, Athens, USA, on May 28, 2003. Colleagues working in the
following domains of inquiry are invited to participate at this

* Observations and descriptions of all aspects of language and text
phenomena including the areas of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics,
dialectology, pragmatics, etc. as far as they use quantitative
mathematical methods (probability theory, statistics, stochastic
processes, differential and difference equations, fuzzy logics and set
theory, function theory etc.), on all levels of linguistic analysis.

* Applications of methods, models, or findings from quantitative
linguistics to problems of natural language processing, machine
translation, language teaching, documentation and information

* Methodological problems of linguistic measurement, model
construction, sampling and test theory. Epistemological issues such as
explanation of language and text phenomena, contributions to theory
construction, systems theory, philosophy of science.

Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in the
association's journal, Journal of Quantitative Linguistics. The
organizing committee is pleased to announce that Qualico 2003 will be
held in conjunction with the meeting of the Association of Computers
and the Humanities (ACH) and the Association for Literary and
Linguistic Computing (ALLC) in Athens, Georgia, May 29-June 2,
2003. This offers those interested in the quantitative aspects of
language the unique opportunity to meet within the broader contexts of
literary, linguistic, and humanities computing.

Abstracts should be sent in electronic form to the programme committee
at For formating instructions, please consult You can register for Qualico 2003 at The
conference fee for Qualico 2003 is 50 US$. For information on
accomodation, please consult the same web page.

Programme committee

* Sheila Embleton, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, 
York University, Toronto, Canada.
* Gabriel Altmann, Institute of Linguistics, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.
* Harald Baayen, Interfaculty Research Unit for Language and Speech, 
University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
* Patrick Juola, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA.
* Reinhard K�hler, Department of Computational Linguistics, 
University of Trier, Germany.
* Fiona Tweedie, Department of Statistics, University of Glasgow,
Great Britain.
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