Friday, March 30, 2012

My virtual AAAL 2012 :-) (continued)

Here is my virtual conference schedule for the Saturday afternoon

Gallagher, Colleen (Georgetown University, ceg33@georgetown.edu)
Academic Language in the Narration of Young Language Users


This presentation reports on an analysis of academic language in the narration of kindergarteners in two bilingual classrooms and discusses implications for research on culture-specific discourse patterns and emergent academic language development.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm • Claredon (3rd floor) • LCS
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Bulte, Bram (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, bram.bulte@europarl.europa.eu), Housen, Alex (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, ahousen@vub.ac.be)
The manifestations and development of linguistic complexity over time – A longitudinal analysis of English L2 writing


This longitudinal study uses multiple measures gauging different subdimensions of linguistic complexity (derived from a taxonomic model of L2 complexity) to provide a comprehensive overview of the development of complexity in the written production of ten
beginning English L2 learners collected at 11 time intervals over a three-year period.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 • 2:35 pm - 3:05 pm • Liberty C (2nd floor) • SLA
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Smiskova, Hana (Univ. of Groningen, h.smiskova@rug.nl), Verspoor, Marjolijn (Univ. of Groningen, m.h.verspoor@rug.nl)
Conventionalized ways of saying things (CWOSTs) in L2 development


The aim of this paper is to define and operationalize conventionalized ways of saying things (CWOSTs) in L2 development from a usage-based, cognitive-constructionist perspective. We will present a study of CWOSTs in L2 English using a combined method based on token frequency and native speaker (N=39) judgement of naturalness.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 • 3:10 pm - 3:40 pm • Liberty B (2nd floor) • SLA
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for 3:55-4:25, I have two favorites
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Hirano, Eliana (Georgia State University, elianahirano1@aol.com)
The success story of a refugee in college, but at what price?


This session reports on a year-long qualitative case study of one generation 1.5 refugee student in her first year in college. Results show that her success dealing with tertiary reading and writing assignments required numerous facilitative factors and came
accompanied by various struggles and conflicts.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 • 3:55 pm - 4:25 pm • Hampton B (3rd floor) • RWL
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Hyland, Ken (University of Hong Kong, khyland@hku.hk)
Individuality or conformity? Identity in university and personal academic homepages


This paper explores the homepages of 50 academics, one university-managed and the other personally created, to show how identity is discursively constructed. I suggest university pages appropriate expertise to position academics as employees and while users escape corporate branding on their own pages, these generally reveal a purely academic self.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 • 3:55 pm - 4:25 pm • Jefferson (Dynamics) (3rd floor) • TXT

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Chen, Hsin-I (University of Arizona, hichen@email.arizona.edu), Reinhardt, Jonathon (University of Arizona, jonrein@email.arizona.edu)
An ecological analysis of social networking site-mediated identity development: Affordances, investment, and imagined communities


This paper reports on a longitudinal study of the social network site-mediated identity development of two L1 Chinese users of English. Using frequency and multimodal discourse analysis, we show that the users’ actions differed, depending on how they
perceived the symbolic investment value of a particular action to imagined communities.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Dalton (3rd floor) • TEC
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And after this I would enjoy the plenary talk by Resnik
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The Linguistics of Spin: A Computational Linguist's Forays into Social Science
Saturday, March 24 5:20 PM – 6:20 PM Grand Ballroom
Research in computational linguistics falls into two categories: trying to engineer
technology that does useful things with human language, and using computational modeling as a scientific tool to better understand how language works. The emerging field of "computational social science" is fertile ground for both these pursuits. On the one hand, an increasing migration to life "in the network" creates a driving need for technology that can help make sense of an avalanche of information about human activity and interaction, much of it mediated by language. On the other hand, that same migration offers an unprecedented source of data -- to quote Lazer et al. (Science, v.323), "digital traces that can be compiled into comprehensive pictures of both individual and group behavior, with the potential to transform our understanding of our lives, organizations, and societies."
In this talk, I will describe some of my explorations as a computational linguist
connecting with social science. Broadly speaking, I'm interested in how language is used to
influence, with an emphasis on computational modeling of agendas (who is most effectively
directing attention, and toward what topics?), framing or "spin" (what underlying perspective does this language seek to encourage?), and sentiment (how does someone feel, as evidenced in the language they use)? These issues are particularly salient in political discourse, which is appropriate since this talk is taking place right in the middle of the 2012 presidential primary season.
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And, finally I would attend the opening reception and talk to my friends. Ah, I think this virtual conference participation is a really nice exercise for imagination but a tint of reality would be nice too. So, if you have attended these presentations or others, or if you were one of the presenters, please share with us your experience. I'm looking forward to hearing your stories.

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