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FYI: TalkBank, WordPerfect, Hispanic Research


Author: Brian MacWhinney

FYI Body: Project Announcement for
"TalkBank: A Multimodal Database of Communicative Interaction"


The goal of TalkBank is to create a distributed, web-based data
archiving system for transcribed video and audio data on communicative
interactions. TalkBank builds on our experience with CHILDES and LDC
corpora, and is expected to be a major new tool for the social
sciences. TalkBank data will be stored in an XML-based transcription
framework incorporating richly structured, time-aligned annotations.

For detailed information, please consult:
CMU - http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/talkbank.html
Penn - http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/annotation/talkbank.html

We believe that TalkBank will benefit four types of research enterprises:

Cross-corpora comparisons. For those interested in quantitative
analyses of large corpora, TalkBank will provide direct access to
enormous amounts of real-life data, subject to strict controls
designed to protect confidentiality.

Folios. Other researchers wish to focus on qualitative analyses
involving the collection of a carefully sampled folio or casebook of
evidence regarding specific fine-grained interactional
patterns. TalkBank programs will facilitate the construction of
these folios.

Single corpus studies. For those interested in analyzing their own
datasets rather than the larger database, TalkBank will provide a
rich set of open-source tools for transcription, alignment, coding,
and analysis of audio and video data.

Collaborative commentary. For researchers interested in contrasting
theoretical frameworks, TalkBank will provide support for entering
competing systems of annotations and analytic profiles either
locally or over the Internet.

The creation of this distributed database with its related analysis
tools will free researchers from many tedious aspects of data analysis
and will stimulate fundamental improvements in the study of
communicative interactions. The initiative unites ongoing efforts
from the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) at Penn, the Penn Database
Group, the Informedia Project at CMU, and the CHILDES Project a
CMU. The initiative also establishes an ongoing interaction between
computer scientists, linguists, psychologists, sociologists, political
scientists, criminologists, educators, ethologists, cinematographers,
psychiatrists, and anthropologists.

A variety of funding possibilities are being sought for TalkBank, and we have
recently received a commitment of support from NSF for initial planning
meetings. We are also using the initiative to foster wide-ranging cooperation
between ongoing research efforts. The TalkBank homepage
[ http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/annotation/talkbank.html ] lists curren
participants and has a pointer to a document giving a detailed exposition of
our vision for TalkBank.

We invite anyone who is interested in participating actively in TalkBank or
even in just providing suggestions and criticism to contact one or more of us:

Brian MacWhinney (Psychology, CMU)
Howard Wactlar (Computer Science, CMU)
Peter Buneman (Computer Science, U Penn)
Mark Liberman (Linguistic Data Consortium, U Penn)
Steven Bird (Linguistic Data Consortium, U Penn)




Dear all,

I've had a number of requests for details of how to get WordPerfect to
do automatic example numbering and cross-referencing for you, so I
thought it would be worth posting them to the list.

Renumbering in WordPerfect using the Endnote function

In brief, the technique involves creating an (effectively) empty
Endnote where you want your example number to be. The Endnote Number
is set to appear non-supersripted, in brackets, followed by a tab, as
required. To do this, you set up Endnote Options to give your Endnote
in text the format open-bracket, Endnote-number, close-bracket, tab
(make sure you cancel the Superscript). As you're happily writing
away, and want to include an example, do a couple of carriage returns
to get to the left margin clear of the preceding text, then create an
Endnote. Exit the Endnote text without entering any text. You should
now be back in your original document with the example number flush
left, and the cursor shifted one tab stop to the right, just where you
need to be to type in the example. You can also use a./b. sub-indents
in you need to. When you need to refer to your example, type () at the
relevant point in your text, i.e., "as shown in (), NP movement is a
local phenomenon". Then, return the cursor to between the brackets and
insert a code for Cross-Reference to an Endnote. You'll be asked to
enter a code for the reference. You'll need one of these for each
element (page, section, example, etc.) you cross-refer to, so they
have to be unique. (If you accidentally use the same code twice, your
cross-references will go haywire.) The way I avoid accidentally using
the same code twice it to make my codes refer to a time and date. So,
a cross-reference created at 3.15pm on 24 May 1999 is coded
1515240599. The codes are long, I know, but it's better to be safe
than sorry. If you need to cross-refer more than once to the same
example, you can either cut and paste from an existing
cross-reference, or, like if you can't find the original
cross-reference, you can go the the actual element and find its code
(using Reveal Codes), and then enter this directly when you
re-cross-refer. Example renumbering is automatic, just like
Endnote/Footnote renumbering; cross-referencing works in the usual
way, too. You have to do a Generate to update them, though.

I used this method in WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS for my dissertation and
WordPerfect 7 for Windows for the OUP book I did camera-ready copy
for, and it worked a treat both times.

Paul

Dr Paul Rowlett, Head of French
School of Languages, University of Salford
Salford M5 4WT, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 161 295 4131
Fax: +44 (0) 161 295 5335





MESSAGE TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS TO THE _JOURNAL OF HISPANIC RESEARCH_
FROM THE EDITORS:

The _Journal of Hispanic Research_ is edited by the Department of
Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of
London, and has been published by Impart Publishing Limited.

Volume 3 (1995-96) of the Journal appeared in 1996. No issue appeared
in either 1997 or 1998. Volume 4 (Nos 1-2) was printed in February
1999.

Unfortunately we are unable to contact subscribers directly to explain
this unsatisfactory state of affairs, because Impart Publishing will
not allow us access to the subscription list. The editors appeal to
all subscribers; please contact us for more information and for the
new registered address of the publisher.

If you are a subscriber to _JHR_, please reply privately to this
message by typing in your title, name, and full postal address.

Please also forward this message to any subscriber you know and, if
you know or think that your institution's library subscribes, please
forward it to the relevant librarian.


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