July 30 -
LINGUISTICS AND THE REAL WORLD
Carrie Cameron, President, Culture and Communication
George Heidorn, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
Adam Makkai, U of
CALL FOR PAPERS
While papers relating to the conference theme are
especially invited, abstracts are welcomed on all subjects in
linguistics and interdisciplinary areas involving language.
Papers accepted for the program will be scheduled for
either 15 minutes or 25 minutes, with 5 minutes allowed
The following list of topics relating to the theme is
intended as suggestive rather than comprehensive:
LINGUISTICS AND THE REAL WORLD
1. The real-world use of language:
2. Real-world applications of linguistics:
Enhancing intercultural communication
Enhancing intracultural communication
Legaleze, User manuals, etc.
Language maintenance and revitalization
Translation, Grammar Checking,
Automatic Speech Recognition and Production
Other commercial applications:
Naming, Speech recognition and generation,
Input methods for Chinese characters, etc.
3. Real-world evidence in linguistics, including
Experimental phonetics, Psychoacoustics,
4. The neurological basis of language
GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACTS
Maximum length: 400 words (not including references).
References should be limited to two or three (additional
references may be included on a separate page, but in that
case they will not appear in the meeting handbook.) Please
do not include tables or figures in the abstract.
Anonymity: The abstract should not identify the author(s).
What to Submit: Please submit abstracts only by e-mail.
Preferably, send the abstract as an e-mail
attachment, in rich text format (.rtf) or the equivalent.
Accompanying Information: In the body of your e-mail (not
part of the attachment) send the following information:
1. Author's name(s) and affiliation(s).
2. Title of paper.
3. Presentation time desired -- 15 or 25 minutes.
4. Audio-visual equipment required (beyond overhead
5. Eligibility for prize (if applicable -- see below).
6. Name a topic (or two topics) to identify the area(s) in
which your paper lies. Choose a topic name from the list
above, or feel free to name another topic if you are
submitting an abstract that does not fit the conference
Where to Submit: email@example.com
Those without access to e-mail should send the abstract
and accompanying information via snail mail to:
Lois Stanford, Chair, LACUS Conference Committee
Linguistics Department, 4-32 Assiniboia Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E7, Canada
Due Date for Abstracts: 15 January 2002
DESIRABLE PROPERTIES OF ABSTRACTS
Evaluators of abstracts will appreciate your attention to
Informative but brief title
Clear statement of the problem or questions addressed
Clear statement of the main point(s) or argument(s)
Clear indication of relevance to related work
Avoidance of jargon and polemic
References to literature (not included in 450-word limit)
You do not have to be a member of LACUS to submit an
abstract. If your abstract is accepted, you must be a
member to present your paper at the meeting. Members
will automatically receive the publication resulting from
SYMPOSIA, WORKSHOPS, TUTORIALS
Proposals for panels or special sessions or workshops or
tutorials are also welcome. Please contact Lois Stanford
<firstname.lastname@example.org> or Syd Lamb (email@example.com)
right away with your ideas.
Continuing a tradition started by the late Kenneth Pike, a
committee consisting of the President, the President-Elect,
and former Presidents of LACUS will select the winner of
the annual Presidents' Prize, with an award of $500, for 'the
best paper' by a junior scholar. For purposes of this prize,
'junior scholar' is defined as one who has had a doctoral
degree or its equivalent for less than five years.
The Presidents' Predoctoral prize, with an award of $100,
will be given for 'the best paper' by a student who has not
yet received a doctor's degree.
For purposes of these prizes, 'best paper' is defined as that
which in the judgement of the committee makes the most
important contribution to knowledge. Organization and
presentation may also be considered.
The prizes will be awarded at the annual banquet, to be
held at the end of the meeting, Saturday, August 3rd.
Only single-authored presentations will be considered for
prizes. A person who has won the same prize twice will no
longer be eligible.
Junior scholars and predoctoral scholars should identify
their status in the e-mail message sent in with the abstracts,
to indicate their eligibility for one of the prizes.
Limited funds to assist scholars coming from countries
with weak currencies may be available. For information
contact the Conference Committee Chair.
A panel of referees will select certain papers presented at
the meeting for publication, with appropriate revisions, in
LACUS Forum XXIX.
The University of Toledo is located near the intersection
of Interstate highways 80/90 and 75, about one hour south
by car from Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. The
URL for the University of Toledo is
Low-cost housing will be available on campus, and
accommodations will also be available in nearby motels.
Watch the lacus web site (www.lacus.org) for further
Updated conference information will be posted to the
LACUS website at approximately the beginning of every
month from now until July next. See http://www.lacus.org
or http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/lacus (mirror site)
Detailed information will be sent to all LACUS members
and to nonmember authors of accepted abstracts in March.
ADDRESS QUESTIONS about the conference program to
Lois Stanford: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDRESS QUESTIONS about Toledo and local
arrangements to Douglas Coleman:
Lois Stanford, University of Alberta, Chair
Ruth Brend, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lilly Chen, Rice University
Douglas Coleman, University of Toledo
Sydney Lamb, Rice University
Adam Makkai, University of Illinois at Chicago
William Sullivan, University of Florida