LINGUIST List 10.1977

Mon Dec 20 1999

Calls: Amazonian Languages, Linguistic Exploration

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  1. marilia lopes da costa faco soares, Symposium on Amazonian Languages and Neighbouring Areas
  2. Steven Bird, Linguistic Exploration Workshop

Message 1: Symposium on Amazonian Languages and Neighbouring Areas

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 15:44:25 -0200 (EASTBRDT)
From: marilia lopes da costa faco soares <>
Subject: Symposium on Amazonian Languages and Neighbouring Areas


This symposium will take place in Warsaw, July 2000, within
the context of the 50th International Congress of Americanists.

The following types of papers will be especially welcome:

(i) papers in which grammatical properties of individual languages or
group of languages are described;

(ii) papers which aim to explain phenomena in individual or in group of

(iii) papers exploring the genetic relationships between languages and
languages families;

(iv) papers dealing with "areal" properties of Amazonian and neighbouring

Registration for this symposium should be made by sending the tittle
and abstract of the presentation until December 31, 1999 through
e-mail, regular mail or fax to the Secretariat of the symposium.
Registrations for the 50 ICA should be made by filling a registration
form that is available at the ICA Second Circular

Marilia Faco Soares - convenor (Museu Nacional/ Universidade Federal
 do Rio de Janeiro)

Jose Alvarez (Universidad del Zulia/ Maracaibo, Venezuela) y
Hein van der Voort (Universidade de Amesterdam) - co-convenors

Secretariat (address):

Dr. Marilia Faco Soares
Departamento de Antropologia (Linguistica)
Museu Nacional/UFRJ
Quinta da Boa Vista, Sao Cristovao
20940-040 Rio de Janeiro, RJ BRASIL
Tel: (55-21) 568-9642
Fax: (55-21) 254-6695
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Message 2: Linguistic Exploration Workshop

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 13:14:55 EST
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Linguistic Exploration Workshop


			 New Methods for
		Creating, Exploring and Disseminating
			Linguistic Field Data

 	 Thursday 6 January 2000, 9am-6pm

		 Held in conjunction with the
	 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America
		 Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

 The new NSF TalkBank Project [] is sponsoring a
 workshop on computational support for linguistic fieldwork. The
 workshop will bring together linguists and computational linguists
 committed to empirical research on large datasets, through the
 combination of traditional field methods and new technologies for
 exploring and visualizing complex datasets. The languages under study
 may range from the undescribed to the well-studied, and the
 fieldworker may operate in a village or a laboratory. The focus is
 the exploratory mode of research, where elicitation, analysis and
 hypothesis-testing form a tight loop. The workshop will contribute to
 the evaluation and evolution of methodologies that integrate
 traditional practices with new technologies, leading to increased
 accessibility, accountability, and stability of empirical linguistic

 The workshop will address a selection of the following issues:

 Representation - what are good data models for interlinked,
 heterogeneous, multimodal linguistic field data, including
 lexicons, (interlinear) texts, field notes, (annotated) recordings,
 paradigms, grammar sketches, maps, photographs, folios, course
 notes and problem sets?

 Tools - what are the existing and new tools for manipulating
 linguistic field data, and what are their strengths and weaknesses
 vis-a-vis creating, browsing, searching, querying and transforming
 this data? How well do the tools accomodate the fieldworker's
 continuously evolving conception of the data? What statistical
 corpus-analysis methods are suitable for datasets whose items
 number in the hundreds rather than the hundreds of thousands?

 Collaborative knowledge discovery - how can a geographically
 distributed network of linguists and native speakers cooperate on
 the construction, validation and enrichment of multimodal field
 data? How do we bridge the gap between the field and the laboratory?

 Online repositories - how can a collection of online multimodal
 field data covering many languages be archived and curated?
 What are the corpora that people are currently willing to share?
 What are the confidentiality issues, and what mechanisms exist
 to protect privacy?

 Dissemination and citation - how are datasets to be accessed by
 researchers, native speakers, language learners, field-methods
 students, and so on? How can we facilitate durable citations to
 shared linguistic resources, and track the provenance of a data
 item from a published transcription, through any intermediate
 databases, right back to a digitized speech recording?


 Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
 The NSF TalkBank Project

 Bill Poser, Yinka Dene Language Institute
 Databases for Carrier: Current Status, Desiderata, and Issues

 Jonathan Amith, Yale University
 What's in a Word? The Why's and What For's of a Nahuatl Dictionary

 Chris Cieri, University of Pennsylvania
 Issues and tools for creating and annotating a corpus of
 sociolinguistic field data

 Larry Hayashi, Summer Institute of Linguistics
 Discovering and testing linguistic generalizations using
 interactive concordances

 Ronald Sprouse, University of California at Berkeley
 Two approaches to linguistic field work on the web:
 The TELL and Ingush projects

 Steven Bird, University of Pennsylvania
 Exploring and disseminating field data using HyperLex

 Michel Jacobson, CNRS/LACITO
 XML tools for managing linguistic data: The LACITO Archives Project

 Lev Michael, University of Texas at Austin
 Plans for a worldwide web archive of the indigenous languages of
 Latin America

 David Nathan, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
 Islander Studies
 Data design for endangered languages: increasing the ``Linguistic Bandwidth''

 Wallace Hooper, Indiana University
 An integrated multimedia dictionary and text processor for the
 documentation of endangered languages

 Chris Manning, Stanford University
 Kirrkirr: Experiences with a flexible software interface to
 indigenous dictionaries

 Ron Zacharski, New Mexico State University
 Boas: A Field Linguist in a Box

 Mark Liberman, University of Pennsylvania

 Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld
 The Bielefeld-Abidjan documentation project: Information types
 and dissemination media

 Robert Neumann, Association for the Promotion of Yiddish Language
 and Culture
 A New Approach to Exploring the Archive of the Language and
 Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry 

 David Weber, Summer Institute of Linguistics
 Reference grammars for the computational age:
 From Gleason files to sci-fi grammar

 Richmond Thomason, University of Michigan
 Towards computerized support for empirical linguistics:
 some ideas from computer science

 Steven Bird, University of Pennsylvania
 Multidimensional exploration of linguistic databases

For full details of the program plus online abstracts, see

Assoc Director, LDC; Adj Assoc Prof, CIS & Linguistics
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
3615 Market St, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2608
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