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[ANN] Announcement: Workshop on Readability and Multilingualism at SCL 2008, Uppsala 1-3 October



Announcement:


Workshop: Readability and Multilingualism at the 23rd Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics,
1-3 October 2008

http://www.lingfil.uu.se/personal/anjusaxena/scl/pgm/rmindex.html

This workshop will cover the subject ”Readability and Multilingualism”. Heavy focus is today put on texts for different purposes that they must be readable and even in some cases easy-to-read and understand. This is partly dependant upon the fact that we live in a society where information is intensive and where it is getting more and more important to find the information and to retrieve the information available especially on the Internet. That some texts in certain situations have to be easy-to-read and understand is due to the fact that the information has to be accessible for everyone irrespective of educational background or mother tongue. Texts in this situation are often directed to adults concerning information from the government, the society, news, social and medical care etc.
Similar demands on readability are raised for texts directed to children and youth, where texts might be literature and school textbooks and texts in different kinds of test situations.

In this workshop we will be discussing issues concerning readability on a more general level where multilingualism is the common denominator. The issue of readability will be treated from a broad perspective covering both adults, children and youth.


Participation:
The program is already set and participation in the workshop is included in the conference registration fee.

Organizer:
Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis (sofie at svenska.gu.se), Institute for Swedish as a Second Language, Språkbanken, Department of Swedish, Gothenburg University

Program:
Katarina Mühlenbock: Legible, readable or plain words - presentation of an easy-to-read Swedish corpus.
Åsa Wengelin: Reading your own emergent text or someone else’s finished text -- with and without reading and writing difficulties -- which is easiest?
Caroline Liberg, Eva Forsbom:
Text and Language in Assessment of Mathematics and Science
Caroline Liberg, Åsa af Geijerstam & Jenny Folkeryd: Testet under lupp - konstruktion av läsförståelse i internationella läsundersökningar
Inger Lindberg, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis:
A survey of words in Swedish Secondary School Textbooks and Multilingual students’ understanding. Presentation of a theory on word type grouping and working towards computer-based estimation of a student’s vocabulary.