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LINGUIST List 19.2458

Fri Aug 08 2008

Calls: Applied Ling,Lang Acq/Luxembourg; Computational Ling/Japan

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Gudrun Ziegler, Methodologies and Practices for Approaching Learning
        2.    Helene Mazo, 2nd International Symposium on Universal Communication

Message 1: Methodologies and Practices for Approaching Learning
Date: 08-Aug-2008
From: Gudrun Ziegler <gudrun.zieglerweb.de>
Subject: Methodologies and Practices for Approaching Learning
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Full Title: Methodologies and Practices for Approaching Learning
Short Title: Learning08

Date: 10-Dec-2008 - 12-Dec-2008
Location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Contact Person: Kristian Mortensen
Meeting Email: learning08multi-learn.org

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2008

Meeting Description:

The international conference, which is kindly sponsored by Fonds National de la
Recherche Luxembourg (FNR), takes place at the University of Luxembourg, campus
Walferdange December 10th -12th 2008.

Call for Papers

DICA-lab within the Unit for Socio-Cultural Research on Learning and
Development, University of Luxembourg invites researchers and practitioners, who
focus on learning and development from social and activity-driven perspectives,
to submit abstracts to the international conference

''Methodologies and Practices for Approaching Learning as a Social Phenomenon
Inside and Outside of School''.

Since the 1990s, a growing amount of research has adopted socio-cultural and/or
interactional approaches to describe and analyze learning and development. These
approaches contrast previous research, which has been primarily (i) conducted
from a psychological/psycholinguistic approach, and (ii) focused on learning and
development as exclusively a matter for the individual('s mind). As opposed to
this view, more socially based studies argue that learning is intrinsically (i)
social in nature, (ii) situated in a particular local context, and (iii) does
not only occur in formal settings.

The conference focuses on formal as well as informal learning. Of particular
relevance is the inclusion of visual, or ''multimodal'', aspects of language,
and as such the conference will discuss benefits and challenges of including
multimodal and activity-bound aspects for the analysis of learning and development.

The following scholars will present keynote lectures:
- Gabriele Pallotti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
- Donald Carroll, Shikoku Gakuin University
- Pilar Lacasa, University of Alcalá
- Catherine E. Brouwer, University of Southern Denmark

Thematically, papers and presentations should address one or more of the
following domains:
- Plurilingual learning in and through interaction
- Multimodal interaction as analytic tool for learning or multimodal learning?
- Education in plurilingual societies - social perspectives of development
- Classroom interaction - social interaction and multimodality

Theoretically and methodologically, the conference invites researchers from a
broader range of fields to participate. These are sociocultural research,
activity theory and an array of interactional approaches.

Two presentation/submission formats have been designed for allowing exchanges
and the discussion across frameworks: Paper sessions and round poster sessions,
bringing together genuine work from both theoretical and applied research

Abstracts for presentations (in English) will undergo a blind double peer-review
and should be sent to learning08multi-learn.org by October 1st. Pre-submission,
consisting of name, affiliation and title of paper proposal, should be sent by
September 15th. Notification of accepted abstracts will be sent out shortly
after the submission deadline. Bilingual (including English as one
presentational mode) presentations are encouraged.

Scientific Committee:
- Charles Max, University of Luxembourg
- Gudrun Ziegler, University of Luxembourg
- Johannes Wagner, University of Southern Denmark
- John Hellermann, University of Portland
- Kristian Mortensen, University of Luxembourg

Local Organizing Committee - DICA-lab (UL):
- Kristian Mortensen (main responsible organizer)
- Anne Meyer
- Gudrun Ziegler

Please direct questions to kristian.mortensenuni.lu
Looking forward to seeing you in Luxembourg!
Message 2: 2nd International Symposium on Universal Communication
Date: 08-Aug-2008
From: Helene Mazo <mazoelda.org>
Subject: 2nd International Symposium on Universal Communication
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Full Title: 2nd International Symposium on Universal Communication
Short Title: ISUC 2008

Date: 15-Dec-2008 - 16-Dec-2008
Location: Osaka, Japan
Contact Person: Kazuhiro Kimura
Meeting Email: isuc2008khn.nict.go.jp
Web Site: http://www.is-uc.org/2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 04-Aug-2008

Meeting Description:

2nd International Symposium on Universal Communication
Dec 15 - 16, 2008
Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan

Call for Papers/Demos

Important Dates
Extended Abstract due August 4, 2008 (Extended)
Notification of acceptance August 29, 2008
Camera-ready papers due September 26, 2008

Submission of description due September 19, 2008
Notification of acceptance October 10, 2008

The development of information network systems enables us to communicate
with people in remote places ''anytime and anywhere'', enriching human
knowledge, affection and sensibility. However, there are various barriers which
stand in our way to using these systems freely and flexibly. In order to
discuss how to overcome these barriers and create a more human-centered
communication environment, in 2007 the first International Symposium on
Universal Communication was held in Kyoto, Japan featuring discussions with
well-known researchers from around the world.

Following its success, the second International Symposium on Universal
Communication will be held in Osaka, Japan.

Topics of interest are as follows, but not limited to:
- Information retrieval and information analysis
- Information credibility
- Knowledge processing
- Language resources
- Speech recognition and synthesis
- Machine translation and speech translation
- Natural language processing
- Spoken language processing
- Multilingual information processing
- Super high-resolution image technology
- 3D visualization, imaging and display technologies
- 3D sound processing
- Virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality
- Multisensory (visual, acoustic, haptic, olfactory, etc) interaction
- Human factors
- Human interface and interaction technologies
- Real-world sensing technologies

General Chair:
Yuichi Matsushima, National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology (NICT), Japan

General Vice Chairs:
Kazumasa Enami, NICT, Japan
Hiromitsu Wakana, NICT, Japan

Technical Program Committee:
Chair: Satoshi Nakamura, NICT/ATR, Japan
Vice Chair: Naomi Inoue, NICT/ATR, Japan
- Akio Ando, NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories, Japan
- Martin S. Banks, UC Berkeley, USA
- Khalid Choukri, ELDA, France
- Marcello Federico, FBK/IRST, Italy
- Sidney Fels, The University of British Columbia, Canada
- Jukka Häkkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Munpyo Hong, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
- Kentaro Inui, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
- Hitoshi Isahara, NICT, Japan
- Ken Kaneiwa, NICT, Japan
- Takashi Kawai, Waseda University, Japan
- Yutaka Kidawara, NICT, Japan
- Kyeong Soo Kim, Swansea University, UK
- Hisashi Miyamori, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan
- Makoto Okui, NICT, Japan
- Tanja Schultz, Carnegie Melon University, USA
- Yasuyuki Sumi, Kyoto University, Japan
- Eiichiro Sumita, NICT/ATR, Japan
- Yoiti Suzuki, Tohoku University, Japan
- Yasuhiro Takaki, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
- Kazuya Takeda, Nagoya University, Japan
- Kentaro Torisawa, NICT, Japan
- Chiu-yu Tseng, Institute of Linguistics Academia Sinica, Taiwan
- Kiyotaka Uchimoto, NICT, Japan
- Takehito Utsuro, University of Tsukuba, Japan
- Andy Way, Dublin City University, Ireland
- Andrew Woods, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
- Wieslaw Woszczyk, McGill University, Canada
- Xing Xie, Microsoft Research Asia, China
- Tatsuya Yamazaki, NICT, Japan
- Kwon Yongjin, Korea AeroSpace University, Korea
- Daqing Zhang, Institut TELECOM & Management SudParis, France

Demo Chair:
Kazuhiro Kimura, NICT, Japan

Technical Advisors:
Takashi Matsuyama, Kyoto University, Japan
Michitaka Hirose, Tokyo University, Japan

Local Arrangement Co-Chairs:
Kazuhiro Kimura, NICT,
Yukio Takahashi, NICT
Contact info: isuc2008khn.nict.go.jp


Osaka International Convention Center
3-51 Nakanoshima 5-chome,Kita-ku,Osaka, Japan

Submission Information:
All papers must be submitted through the ISUC 2008 homepage at

Paper Submission:
The extended abstract must be written in English and is limited to 2 pages in
the IEEE 2-column format. This abstract should also indicate whether it is an
oral paper or a poster, and be submitted in PDF. Once accepted, the camera-ready
paper shall be 4~8 pages, not exceeding 8 pages.

More detailed author guidelines are available at:

All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings published by the
IEEE Computer Society and will be included in the IEEE-Xplore and the IEEE
Computer Society (CSDL) digital libraries as well as indexed through IET INSPEC,
EI (Compendex) and Thomson ISI.

Demo Submission:
Please submit a one-page description of your demo in PDF. This description must
be written in English and should include: An abstract of what you will show,
Space needed, Facilities needed including power supply and Internet access. A
specified submission format will be available on the ISUC 2008 homepage.

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