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From: Sylviane Granger <sylviane.granger <at> uclouvain.be>
Subject: Call for papers: Learner Corpus Research 2011
Newsgroups: gmane.science.linguistics.corpora
Date: Thursday 23rd September 2010 13:43:07 UTC (over 7 years ago)

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
Prof. Nick Ellis, University of Michigan, USA
Prof. Detmar Meurers, University of Tuebingen, Germany
Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Prof. Florence Myles, Newcastle University, Great Britain
Prof. Norbert Schmitt, University of Nottingham, Great Britain


We particularly welcome papers that address the 
relevance of learner corpus research to:

Cognitive linguistics
Discourse studies
Grammar and syntax
Language for academic/specific purposes
Language varieties
Lexicology and phraseology
Natural language processing
Second language acquisition
Second/foreign language teaching

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:

- Full paper (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
- Short paper (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)
- Software demonstration (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
- Poster

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)

The “Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) Learner 
Corpora” thematic session aims to bring together 
researchers that are particularly interested in 
the collection, annotation and analysis of LSP 
learner corpora and their practical applications.

2) Learner Corpora and Cognitivism (convenor: Fanny Meunier)

The “Learner Corpora and Cognitivism” thematic 
session aims to bring together researchers 
working with learner corpora (either as their 
main source of data or in combination with other 
data types) to help account for cognitive 
processes at play in second language acquisition.

3) Learner Corpora and World Englishes (convenor: Gaetanelle Gilquin)

The aim of the “Learner Corpora and World 
Englishes” thematic session is to bring the 
fields of SLA and World Englishes one step closer 
to each other by examining the possible links and 
synergies between Learner Englishes and 
indigenised varieties of English, as they emerge from corpora.

More details about each of these thematic 
sessions can be found on the conference website 




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 protected], before 27 December 2010. 
Under subject, please write "lcr2011 abstract". 
Please name the attachment as follows:

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the 
scientific committee. You will be notified of the 
outcome of the review process by 14 February 2011.

For purposes of easy editing, please make use of 
the MS Word template made available on the 
conference website for submitting your abstract. 
The template consists of two pages. The first 
page asks you to specify your affiliation details 
accompanied by a brief bio note (75 words). The 
second page is reserved for your anonymous 
abstract which will be sent to two reviewers.


- Deadline for submission of abstracts: 27 December 2010
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: 14 February 2011
- Conference: 15-17 September 2011


Sylvie De Cock
Gaetanelle Gilquin (chair)
Diane Goossens
Sylviane Granger (chair)
Damien Littre
Fanny Meunier (chair)
JoAnne Neff van Aertselaer
Magali Paquot
Natassia Schutz
Jennifer Thewissen


Annelie Adel (Stockholm University)
Ulrike Altendorf (Leibniz-Universitat Hannover)
Inge Bartning (Stockholm University)
Tony Berber Sardinha (Sao Paulo Catholic University)
Yves Bestgen (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Marcus Callies (Johannes-Gutenberg Universitat Mainz)
Tom Cobb (Université de Quebec a Montreal)
Ulla Connor (Indiana University-Purdue University)
Sabine De Knop (Facultes Universitaires Saint-Louis)
Liesbeth Degand (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Pieter de Haan (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
John Flowerdew (City University of Hong Kong)
Lynne Flowerdew (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Thierry Fontenelle (Centre de traduction des organes de l’Union
Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Nicholas Groom (University of Birmingham)
Hilde Hasselgard (University of Oslo)
Marlyse Horst (Concordia University)
Susan Hunston (University of Birmingham)
Scott Jarvis (Ohio University)
Natalie Kubler (Universite Paris-Diderot)
Claudia Leacock (Butler Hill Group)
Geoffrey Leech (Lancaster University)
Marie-Aude Lefer (Institut Libre Marie-Haps & Universite catholique de
Anke Ludeling (Humboldt-Universitat Berlin)
Maria Jose Luzon (Universidad de Zaragoza)
Carla Marello (Universita di Torino)
Iliana Martinez (Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto)
Amaya Mendikoetxea (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)
Hilary Nesi (Coventry University)
Nadja Nesselhauf (Universitat Heidelberg)
Signe Oksefjell Ebeling (Oslo University)
Lourdes Ortega (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
John Osborne (Universite de Savoie)
Magali Paquot (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Mojca Pecman (Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7)
Virginia Pulcini (Universita degli Studi di Torino)
Paul Rayson (UCREL, Lancaster University)
Ute Romer (University of Michigan)
Michael Rundell (Lexicography MasterClass Ltd)
Kari Tenfjord (University of Bergen)
Paul Thompson (University of Birmingham)
Yukio Tono (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Christopher Tribble (King’s College London)
Agnès Tutin (Universite Stendhal Grenoble 3)
Bertus van Rooy (North-West University)
Nina Vyatkina (Kansas University)
Michael Zock (CNRS – Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale)

Conference website: http://www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl-lcr2011.html

Contact: [email protected]

For sponsoring options, please contact Sylviane 
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