Corpora: Conference on Modality in Contemporary English: deadline for registration

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                     REGISTRATION DEADLINE

                 "Modality in Contemporary English"
            International Conference, 6-8 September 2001,
                        University of Verona, Italy

    The International Conference on "Modality in
    Contemporary English" will be held in Verona, Italy, on 6-8 September 2001.
    The conference aims at fostering interaction between scholars from different
    theoretical backgrounds but with a common interest in English modality, with
    specific reference to the Present-day, hence promoting discussions,
    exchanging ideas and reporting recent progress on a variety of issues
    related to this field.

    Paper proposals are welcomed on all aspects of verbal and non-verbal
    modality in Present-day English. We particularly solicit work describing
    research in the following fields:
    - syntax and semantics of modal elements
    - modality and phonetics / prosody
    - modality and sociolinguistics
    - modality and pragmatics
    - modality and language teaching
    Authors should submit an anonymous abstract of at most 3 A4 pages,
    figures/tables and references, together with a separate page specifying the
    author's names, affiliation, surface mail address, and e-mail address.

    We strongly encourage electronic submission (.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf),
    preferably as an attachment. Please, send abstracts to:
    Prof. Roberta Facchinetti ( If sent by surface mail,
    please include disk.
    Deadline for abstracts submission: 28th February 2001
    Notification of acceptance: 30th March, 2001

    Those who wish to attend the conference, whether presenting a paper or not,
    should register by 15th December 2000. To register, please visit:

    WORKSHOP: "Modal expressions in ICE-GB: issues of retrieval"
    In conjunction with the conference, a workshop will be held by Bas Aarts
    (Reader in Modern English Language, University College London) and Sean
    Wallis (Research Fellow, University College London). The workshop will
    introduce the ICE-GB corpus, discuss how to retrieve a variety of modality
    features by means of the programme ICECUP, specifically developed for the
    corpus, and finally provide a hands-on session allowing delegates to
    experiment with the corpus and the software themselves.

    Keynote speaker: Frank PALMER (Professor Emeritus, former Professor of
    Linguistic Science, University of Reading, England)

    The following have also accepted to give a paper:
    - Jennifer COATES (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University
    of Surrey Roehampton, England)
    - Maurizio GOTTI (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University
    of Bergamo, Italy)
    - Geoffrey LEECH (Professor in English Linguistics, University of
    Lancaster, England)
    - Maria LIMA (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University of
    Salerno, Italy)
    - Stephen J. NAGLE (Professor of English, Director of International
    Coastal Carolina University, U.S.A.)

    The venue of the conference will be the University of Verona, located near
    the historical centre of the town and within walking distance to most
    hotels. The Language Centre and the Faculty of Arts have new, well-equipped,
    airy classrooms for the conference. Internet access will be provided for all
    the delegates throughout the conference.

    There will be a full social programme, including university reception, a
    tour of Verona, conference dinner, and a whole day excursion to Venice
    (post-conference tour).

    The conference is jointly organized by the Language Centre and the Faculty
    of Arts of the University of Verona. The scientific and organizing committee
    - Prof. Roberta Facchinetti (, Faculty of Education,
    University of Verona
    - Prof. Cesare Gagliardi (, Faculty of Languages,
    Head of the Language Centre, University of Verona
    - Dr Anna Zanfei (, Language Centre, University of

    Enquiries about the conference should be directed to:

    International Conference on "Modality in Contemporary English"
    Organizing Committee
    c/o Prof. Roberta Facchinetti
    Faculty of Education
    University of Verona
    Via S. Francesco, 22
    37129 Verona
    Fax: +39 045 8028705

    December 15th, 2000: early registration deadline
    February 28th, 2001: abstract submission deadline
    March 30th, 2001: notification of acceptance
    September 6th - 8th, 2001: Conference

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