26.2033, Calls: Applied Ling, Cognitive Sci, Computational Ling, Psycholing/USA

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Subject: 26.2033, Calls: Applied Ling, Cognitive Sci, Computational Ling, Psycholing/USA

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:54:20
From: Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen [evgeny at iastate.edu]
Subject: Technology for Second Language Learning

 
Full Title: Technology for Second Language Learning 
Short Title: TSLL 2015 

Date: 18-Sep-2015 - 19-Sep-2015
Location: Ames, Iowa, USA 
Contact Person: Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen
Meeting Email: tsll2015 at iastate.edu
Web Site: https://cywrite.engl.iastate.edu/wp/tsll 

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

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2015 

Meeting Description:

The annual Technology for Second Language Learning (TSLL) conference brings together researchers, developers and practitioners who are interested in improvements and innovations in the uses of technology in language learning.

This year, the conference will focus on phraseology and formulaic language. Phraseology and the study of formulaic language encompass any research and teaching practices that explore multi-word units of language between the levels of lexis and syntax. Such units include, among others, fixed strings of words (e.g. ‘academic formulas’, ‘lexical bundles’, ‘ngrams’), more variable strings of abstract form/function items (e.g. ‘collostructions’, ‘semantic sequences’, ‘frames’), textual or mental combinations of individual items or word classes (e.g. ‘collocations’, ‘colligation’, ‘lexical priming’), and terminological units that may vary in meaning depending on the field where they are used (e.g. ‘multi-word expressions’, ‘formulaic sequences’).

Plenary Speakers:

- Dr. Philip Durrant (University of Exeter, UK), speech title TBD
- Professor Dilin Liu (University of Alabama, USA), “Combining cognitive and corpus linguistics in the research and teaching of phraseology”

Call for Papers:

The use of technology by corpus linguists to identify formulaic language in large corpora provides new insights into the amount and types of formulaic language people use, while psycholinguistic and cognitive studies investigate the ways multi-word units are acquired, stored in the mental lexicon, and processed by people who communicate in first or second language. Implications of these findings are beginning to be explored for language learning and teaching. Technology-based pedagogy facilitates learners’ access to large collections of relevant texts where they too can explore multi-word units. These new possibilities for the study of language and for learning raise many intriguing questions, such as:

How are phraseological forms acquired in first or second language, both receptively and productively, and how can this knowledge contribute to designing technology-mediated language learning experiences?

What innovative computational methods can be used to identify phraseological forms for specific purposes?

How can computer-assisted language learning (CALL) applications (e.g. vocabulary learning software, automated writing evaluation tools, etc.) benefit from phraseological resources and information?

How can corpus-derived materials, e.g. lists of phraseological forms, be used to improve language learning experiences?

Types of Presentations:

We invite proposals for papers, posters and demos that address current practices, innovations, challenges, and research directions related – singly or in combination – to computational, cognitive, and pedagogic aspects of phraseology and formulaic language.

- Papers: Theory-oriented presentations or reports on completed empirical research related to the theme of the conference. The speaker will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments.

- Posters and Demos: Presentations of work in progress, research at the planning phase, demonstrations of CALL tools and innovative teaching materials. All poster presenters will give a 5-minute introduction of their study to the whole audience, and will then host their posters for the rest of the session. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to discuss their research plans.




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