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FYI: Corpora/Minority Langs, Discourse Studies

Author: Dr Tony McEnery

FYI Body: The Department of Linguistics at Lancaster is currently engaged in work
aimed at establishing the needs of the language engineers and linguists
with regard to corpus building in non-indigenous minority languages in
Europe (e.g. Chinese, Vietnamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Panjabi, Urdu,
Hindi, Sinhala, Sylheti etc). We have developed a shor
web-questionnaire to assess such needs. The answers will be anonymised
and eventually form part of a report which we are happy to send, free
of charge, to all who participate in the survey.

Even if you are not working with these languages, we'd like you to fill
in the questionnaire with an eye to future possible work in this area.
The questionnaire is at:


Sorry if you receive this more than once!

Dr. Tony McEnery,
Senior Lecturer,
Dept. Linguistics,
Lancaster University,
LA1 4YT,

email: mcenery@comp.lancs.ac.uk

A reminder that the next meeting of the Ulster Discourse Studies
Group will be held at The University of Ulster at Jordanstown on
Wednesday, 23rd June. The presentation will be given by Nicola
Schmidt-Renfree and will be on Facework as Discourse. All are

For more information please contact Catrin Rhys: CS.Rhys@ulst.ac.uk
or Nicola Schmidt-Renfree: N.Schmidt-Renfree@ulst.ac.uk

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