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FYI: European Lang,Linguists,Travel Grant

Author: Khalid Choukri



ELRA is happy to announce the update of its catalogue
of Language resources for Language Engineering and Research.
It currently consists of:

1) Spoken resources: 39 databases in several languages (recordings
from microphone, telephone, continuous speech, isolated words, phonetic
dictionaries, etc.).

2) Written resources:
* 14 monolingual and multilingual corpora
* 28 monolingual lexica
* Around 60 multilingual lexica
* A linguistic software platform and grammars development platform

3) Terminological resources: over 360 databases with a wide range of
domains and several languages (Catalan, Danish, English, French, German,
Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish).

We would like to inform you that a new resource (from ITC-IRST, Italy)
is now available via ELRA. A brief description is given herein:


APASCI is an Italian acoustic database recorded in insulated room with a
Sennheiser MKH 416 T microphone. It includes ca. 16090 utterances and
digits, 58924 words (2191 different words), 641 minutes of speech.

The data is uttered by 100 Italian speakers (50 male and 50 female). Each
of them uttered 1 calibration sentence, 4 sentences having a wide
phonetic coverage, 15 or 20 sentences having a wide diphonic coverage.

Six speakers (3 male and 3 female) uttered 26 occurrences of the
calibration sentence, 104 sentences having a wide phonetic coverage,
390 sentences having a wide diphonic coverage.

54 of the speakers (42 male and 12 female) repeated 20 times 10
isolated digits.

The linguistic annotations of the database are given at the phonemic and
orthographic levels.

This database aims to design, train and evaluate continuous speech
recognition systems (speaker independent, speaker adaptive, speaker
It is also designed for research on acoustic and linguistic models,
and for research on new acoustic parameters for speech recognition.

o Format: 16 bit linear
o Standard: NIST SPHERE
o Sampling rate: 16 kHz
o Medium: CD-ROM

For more information, please contact:
87, Avenue d'Italie
75013 PARIS
Tel: +33 1 45 86 53 00
Fax: +33 1 45 86 44 88

Tel. +33 1 45 86 53 00
Fax. +33 1 45 86 44 88
87, Avenue D'ITALIE, 75013 PARIS

Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies
Site URL: <>

Since its initial launch in January 1997, the Resource Center for
Cyberculture Studies has more than doubled in size and content.
In addition to three new sections/wings -- "Internet Interviews,"
"Conversations/Collaborations," and "Book of the Month" (coming
July 1) -- the other sections, including "Courses in Cyberculture"
and the "Annotated Bibliography" have grown considerably.

What RCCS lacks, however, is a healthy amount of essays, links,
and research on cyberculture from a *linguistic perspective.*
Taking this into account, I am inviting all interested LINGUIST
list members to visit RCCS and send along any comments, questions,
and/or suggestions to help improve this avenue. Of course, all other
suggestions are welcome too!

The site is located at <>

David Silver, Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies
PhD Student, American Studies, University of Maryland

1998 AAAL Graduate Student Travel Gran


To help support travel (and some expenses) of a graduate student member of
AAAL to the 1998 annual meeting.


Applicants must be current members of AAAL (at time of application) who
are in a university Master's or Ph.D. program in applied linguistics or
related field.


One award of $500.00 (US) will be made for the 1998 conference.

Selection Criteria:

(a) Present scholarship and future promise
(b) Demonstrated need
(c) Involvement in applied linguistics and commitment to the field

Application procedure:

1. Send four copies of a letter of introduction in which you state:

(a) institution and program of study
(b) current contributions to the field of applied linguistics
(c) career plans after completion of degree program
(d) current financial situation, including your university's contribution
to conference travel
(e) how conference attendance will benefit you and others
(f) a biographical statement of no longer than 50 words, suitable for
(g) contact information (address, telephone, fax, and e-mail)*

2. Send a sealed letter of recommendation from a professor in your
graduate program who is familiar with your work. The letter should state
your professor's estimation of:

(a) your academic work and promise in the field of applied linguistics
(b) personal attributes relevant to a career in applied linguistics
(c) your level of need for financial assistance as provided for by this

*Each of the categories listed must be addressed since evaluation is keyed
to individual categories (not including 1(a), (f), (g)).

Deadline for receipt of application:

December 1, 1997

Send all materials to:

1998 AAAL Graduate Student Travel Gran
AAAL Business Office
7630 West 145th St, Suite 202
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Any questions about this grant may be addressed to the
Co-chair of the Awards Committee:
Helena Halmari, Dept. of English,
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341
e-mail: tel: 409-294-1990

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