7.0358 Conf: Teaching and Language Corpora (1/330)

Sat, 18 Dec 1993 11:39:46 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0358. Saturday, 18 Dec 1993.

Date: 17 Dec 1993 10:27:53 -0500 (EST)
From: ide@cs.vassar.edu (Nancy M. Ide)
Subject: Conference: Teaching and language corpora (TALC94)



Lancaster University 10 - 13th April 1994


While the use of computer text corpora in research is now
well established, they are now being used increasingly
for teaching purposes. This includes the use of corpus
data to inform and create teaching materials; it also
includes the direct exploration of corpora by students,
both in the study of linguistics and of foreign
languages. Talc94 will bring together researchers and
teachers who are involved - or who would like to be
involved - in such work, to take part in an international
exchange of current experience and expertise.


The conference will be held on the campus of Lancaster
University, Lancaster, UK, from 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 10th
April to 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 13th April.
Accommodation will be provided in high-standard student
residences, with en suite facilities.


Steven Fligelstone (Lancaster University)
Graeme Hughes (Lancaster University)
Gerry Knowles (Lancaster University)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Anne Wichmann (University of Central Lancashire)


The full registration fee for Talc94 is {\Sterling}190. This
includes 3 nights' accommodation, meals and refreshments
throughout the conference and a collection of conference
abstracts to be given to participants on arrival. It
does not include the cost of drinks taken with meals.

For participants who do not require accommodation, the
registration fee will be {\Sterling}100, including meals and


All accommodation will be in single rooms with en suite
bathroom facilities, and shared kitchen facilities.
Extra nights' accommodation before and after the
conference may be provided. Please contact the
organisers for details.


The latest date for pre-registration is 1st February
1994. If you wish to attend Talc94, please return the
attached reply form as soon as possible. Pre-
registration will be formally completed by the payment of
a deposit of {\Sterling}50, payable to "Talc94", but this
need not accompany the reply form. Please note, however,
that conference places are limited, so early payment of
deposits is advisable.


By road:

Lancaster University lies close to the M6 motorway, about
15 miles north of Preston. Whether you are approaching
from the North or the South, we recommend that you use
Junction 33, which lies South of the City of Lancaster.
At the roundabout, take the right-hand exit towards
Lancaster. After about half a mile, you will pass
through the village of Galgate. Continue along this road
(A6) for another mile and you will come to a set of
traffic lights at the beginning of a short stretch of
dual carriageway. Turn right at these lights, and you
will find yourself entering the University grounds. A
map of the conference site and details of parking
arrangements will be sent out in a future mailing to

By rail:

Lancaster lies on the West Coast line, linking Glasgow
and London. Most InterCity trains stop at Lancaster, but
some do not, and it may be necessary to change at Preston
to a local train. There are also direct connections from
Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and cities in the South
West. Timetable details will be sent out in a future
mailing. A taxi from the station to the University will
cost about {\Sterling}3.00. We will arrange transport to the
station to enable people to get away quickly after the
conference ends.

By air:

There are good rail connections to Manchester and London,
which lie about 60 and 250 miles from Lancaster,
respectively. Leeds-Bradford airport is also not far
away, but prospective passengers might want to take into
account that trains connecting Leeds and Lancaster are
now all of the "local" variety - which is to say that you
should reckon with a 2-hour journey with plenty of stops
and not much leg-room!



Surface Mail:
TALC 94,
Department of Linguistics and Modern English
Lancaster University,
GB - Lancaster LA1 4YT,

Email (JANET/Internet):
talc94@lancaster.ac.uk or talc94@cent1.lancs.ac.uk


(Please return to: Talc94, Dept. of Linguistics & MEL, Lancaster
University, Bailrigg, GB-Lancaster LA1 4YT)

1. Name:___________________________________________________

2. Position:_______________________________________________

3. Institution:____________________________________________

4. Address:

5. Email:__________________________________________________

6. Residential/non-residential (circle as appropriate)

7. Special dietary requirements:

8. Extra nights required (state which):____________________

9. Are you enclosing payment with this form? YES/NO (circle as
appropriate). Please note details of payment such as cheque
no. as a precaution:____________________________________________

Group discussions and workshops

On day 3 of the conference, we plan to run, in parallel, a
range of small group discussions or workshops to enable
colleagues to take part in a more direct exchange of
questions, ideas, experience and insights. These will
include topics not covered by the conference papers. We feel
it would be productive for groups to include a mixture of
experts and relative newcomers to the particular field in
question. The format of these workshops need not be
uniform, though we would expect groups to comprise not more
than 12 poeple. Computing facilities may be made available
to some groups, and some discussions may be more "led" than
others. The range of workshops to be offered has yet to be
determined, and these decisions will be taken in the light of
feedback received from prospective participants. Please
complete the following section to assist us in the planning
of this part of the conference:

10. Which of the following would interest you as topics for
group discussions or workshops? (Please indicate
preferences where you are marking more than one):

* Using speech corpora (hands-on session)
* Software and hardware requirements for corpus work
* Using corpora in schools
* The development and use of multi-lingual corpora
* Creating a corpus

11. If you would be interested in participating in a group
discussion on a topic not mentioned above, please state
your interest(s):

12. Would you be interested in leading one of the above
workshops, or a workshop on some other topic(s)? If so,
please state briefly what you would like to do. We will
contact you for further details.



Sunday 10th April - Day 1

Registration and tea (4.00 - 6.30)
Dinner (6.30) followed by informal reception

Monday 11th April - Day 2

Late registration (9.00 - 9.30)

Introductory session (9.30 - 10.15):
Welcome and introductory address:
Geoffrey Leech : Text Corpora in Education: the Grand Design

Coffee (10.15 - 10.45)

Session One (10.45 - 12.15) - Learners investigate I

P. Peters: Micro- and macro-linguistics
M. Ljung & D. Minugh: Looking at language usage in British and American
newspapers (provisional title)
E. Tognini-Bonelli Corpus work and linguistic issues: the corpus
of modern Italian at Birmingham University

Lunch (12.15 - 1.30)

Session Two (1.30 - 3.30) - Learners investigate II

W. Dodd: Teaching German with the Mannheim corpus
of German newspapers
G. Aston: Training learners to use corpora
G. Holmes & A. Ossowski: Scanning electronic corpora to develop
language skills
J. Kirk: Teaching and language corpora - the Queen's model

Tea (3.30 - 4.00)

Session Three (4.00 - 5.30) - Software descriptions

A. Kilgarriff: Corpus use at Longman
H. van Halteren: Syntactic databases in the classroom
T. Johns: CONTEXTS: A computer program for generating
concordance-based exercises

Dinner (6.30)

Tuesday 12th April - Day 3

Session four (9.00 - 11.00) - Developing corpora

G. Inkster: First catch your corpus: building LANFRANC,
a French language text bank for teaching purposes
P. King: Creation and processes of corpora in Greek
and Cyrillic alphabets
R. Jones : Using a corpus of spoken German (provisional title)
F. Zanettin: Retrieving and editing texts in different
languages: corpus-based activities for
language learning

Coffee (11.00 - 11.30)

Session five (11.30 - 12.30) - Corpus-based teaching
and learning materials I

D. Mindt Corpora and the teaching of English in Germany
(provisional title)
E. Wilson: Corpora as a source of CALL exercises

Lunch (12.30 - 2.00)

Group discussions and workshops (2.00 - 3.30)

(see reply form for details)

Tea (3.30 - 4.00)

Posters, demonstrations and displays (4.00 - 6.30)

Conference Dinner : 7.00 onwards

Wednesday 13th April - Day 4

Session six (9.00 - 10.30) - Corpus-based teaching
and learning materials II

D. Quinn & A. Quinn: Linguistic modelling for a corpus-
based CALL system
H. Paulussen & G. Deville: Automating vocabulary learning
material: a step by step experience
J-M. Lange & E. Bonnet: The multiple uses of parallel

Coffee (10.30 - 11.00)

Session seven (11.00 - 12.30) - Theory and practice I

J. Sinclair: Rumours about English
W. Louw: The role of the classroom concordance in
the revaluation of traditional literary
critical terminology
B. Kettemann: How POW can help us decide between
UG and CC

Lunch (12.30 - 1.45)

Session eight (1.45 - 3.15) - Theory and practice II

T. Virtanen: Teaching text linguistics to EFL
students: problems and aspects of a
corpus-based approach
I. Bos: A systematic approach to the teaching of
G. Knowles: Using corpora for the diachronic study
of English: a new approach to historical

Tea and plenary closing session 3.15 - 4.00