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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 229. Monday, 10 Jul 1989.

(1) Date: Sun, 09 Jul 89 23:50:07 EDT (8 lines)
From: "Matthew Gilmore, Special Collections GW" <LIBRSPE@GWUVM>
Subject: CACM/Communications of the ACM

(2) Date: Mon, 10 Jul 89 18:09:54 BST (84 lines)
Subject: CALL for papers

(3) Date: 10 July 1989 (27 lines)
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: notice of an interesting book

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Date: Sun, 09 Jul 89 23:50:07 EDT
From: "Matthew Gilmore, Special Collections GW" <LIBRSPE@GWUVM>
Subject: CACM/Communications of the ACM

The latest CACM // July 1989 // is on interactive technology
and would probably be of interest to many HUMANISTS out there.

Matthew Gilmore
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Date: Mon, 10 Jul 89 18:09:54 BST
Subject: CALL for papers

Notice and call for contributions


An International Journal

Editorial Board

General Editor:
Keith Cameron (Exeter)

Associate Editors:
Jeremy Fox (East Anglia) Henry Hamburger (George Mason, Virginia)
Masoud Yazdani (Exeter)

Advisory Board:
Stephano Cerri (Milan)
Brian Farrington (Aberdeen)
Ralph Ginsberg (Pennsylvania)
Rex Last (Dundee)
Dana Paramskas (Guelph)
Camilla Schwind (Marseille)
Dieter Wolff (Duesseldorf)

Over the last few years interest has been growing in Computer
Assisted Language Learning (CALL). The role of the computer in
the classroom is being investigated both from the pedagogical
aspect and from the programmer's point of view. The `big dream'
for some is the creation of an `Intelligent' Tutoring System
(ITS), one that would incorporate the techniques of Artificial
Intelligence (AI) and that would be flexible enough for the
teacher of Modern Languages to use without a specialist knowledge
of computing.

Until an Artificial Intelligent machine has been perfected,
however, there is a need to explore other techniques as well and
to test them in learning situations. It has become apparent from
conferences we have organised at Exeter, and elsewhere, and from
correspondence with colleagues at home and overseas, that it is
essential that there be an easily accessible means of information
distribution about current research and its findings.

To facilitate an interchange of ideas and knowledge, we have
decided to create a new periodical which will be devoted to all
aspects of CALL : e.g.

Pedagogical principles and their application to CALL
Observations on, and evaluation of, commercial and proto-
type software
Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Use of CALL with other forms of Educational Technology,
in particular conventional, interactive, and Audio-Visual
Application of AI to language teaching
A Forum where information relative to CALL users can be

While the primary focus of the journal is CALL, it is also
intended to keep readers fully informed of developments in other
language technologies. In particular, papers dealing with
computer assisted translation, computer assisted compostion,
with multi-lingual systems, etc., will be welcome.

Articles should be sent in hardcopy and either on disk or via
e/mail (preferably the latter) to the Editor.
Details of forthcoming conferences or points to be raised in the
Forum section should also be sent as soon as possible to :
Dr Keith Cameron (General Editor),
Computer Assisted Language Learning,
Queen's Building,
The University,
or by e/mail to : <CAMERON -at UK.AC.EXETER>.
The first number of the journal will appear in February, 1990.
For subscription information and a specimen copy of CALL, please contact:
Intellect Books, Suite 2, 108/110 London Road, Oxford, OX3 9AW.
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Date: 10 July 1989
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: notice of an interesting book

Just this evening I found in the new OUP "General Books Autumn 1989"
catalogue the following:

Roger Penrose, _The Emperor's New Mind: On computers, minds, and the
laws of physics_ (Oxford, 1989).

As some of you will doubtless know, Penrose (Mathematics, Oxford) is a
colleague of Stephen Hawking and has shared with him the Wolf Prize
(1988) for work on the nature of the cosmos, and the Dirac Prize (1989).
According to the blurb, this "frequently contentious book" introduces
the informed layman "to the concepts of classical and quantum mechanics,
the principles of computability, fractals, Turing machines, cosmology,
artificial intelligence, and brain function". Its aim is to "explain why
the current laws of physics, considered by many to be of fundamental
importance and more or less immutable, must be re-evaluated in the light
of their application to the nature of consciousness and intelligence".

I for one am very interested to know what's behind the allusion to the
famous story about the emperor's new clothes. Reports on this book

Willard McCarty