Call for papers
Learner Corpus Research 2011
To mark the 20th anniversary of its creation, the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics of the University of Louvain is organizing a conference entitled “20 years of learner corpus research: looking back, moving ahead” in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) on 15-17 September 2011.
Learner corpus research (LCR) is a young but vibrant new brand of research which stands at a crossroads between corpus linguistics, second language acquisition and foreign language teaching. Its origins go back to the late 1980s when academics and publishers, concurrently but independently, started collecting data from foreign/second language learners with a view to advancing our understanding of the mechanisms of second language acquisition and/or developing pedagogical tools and methods that more accurately target the needs of language learners. At first limited to English as a Foreign Language, LCR has begun to spread to a wide range of languages and as a result, the community group of learner corpus researchers is rapidly growing and diversifying. Great advances have been made in learner corpus design, collection and annotation, and the range of learner data has expanded with the addition of spoken and multimedia learner corpora. The field has also greatly benefited from growing links with related disciplines – in particular, second language acquisition, teaching methodology, contrastive linguistics, cognitive linguistics, lexicography, language testing and natural language processing.
Although twenty years after its emergence, it is too early to render a definitive assessment of the achievements in the field, it is time to take stock of the advances that have been made in methodology, theory, analysis and applications, and think up creative ways of moving the field forward. LCR2011 is meant to bring together all the researchers who collect, annotate, analyze computer learner corpora and/or use them to inform SLA theory or develop learner-corpus-informed tools (courseware, proficiency tests, automatic spell- and grammar-checkers, etc.).
We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have accepted our invitation to give a keynote presentation at the conference:
Prof. Angela Chambers, University of Limerick, Ireland
We particularly welcome papers that address the relevance of learner corpus research to:
We also encourage the submission of papers addressing the links between learner corpus research and other research methodologies (e.g. experimental methods) and introducing innovative annotation techniques.
There will be four different categories of presentation:
The posters are intended to present research still at a preliminary stage and on which researchers would like to get feedback.
The conference aims to be a showcase for the latest developments in the field and will feature both software demos and a book exhibition.
The conference will also feature three thematic sessions, for which submissions are invited.
1. Language for Specific Purposes Learner Corpora (convenor: Magali Paquot)
2. Learner Corpora and Cognitivism (convenor: Fanny Meunier)
3. Learner Corpora and World Englishes (convenor: Gaëtanelle Gilquin)
Language of the conference
Your abstract should be between 500 and 700 words (+ list of references) and must specify how the paper will contribute to the theme of the conference. It should also provide a clear outline of the aim of the paper including clearly articulated research question(s), some details about research approach and methods and (preliminary) results.
Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com, before 27 December 2010. Under subject, please write "lcr2011 abstract". Please name the attachment as follows: lcr2011_yourlastname_yourfirstname.doc.
Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee. You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by the end of February 2011.
For purposes of easy editing, please make use of the MS Word template made available here for submitting your abstract.
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