LINGUIST List 11.1964

Sun Sep 17 2000

FYI: SIGLEX News, Phonetics URLs (3)

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, SIGLEX News
  2. karchung, Phonetics URLs (3)

Message 1: SIGLEX News

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 14:10:07 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: SIGLEX News

SIGLEX, being one of the first SIGs has been operating without a
constitution or slate of officers for several years. That is finally being
rectified, and there is a new constitution that was proposed at SIGLEX'99
and is posted on the web page.

The plan is to adopt both the new constitution and the proposed slate of
officers at SIGLEX'00.

The nominees were proposed by an ad hoc nominating committee consisting of:
Nicoletta Calzolari (University of Pisa), 
Marc Light (MITRE Corporation),
Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania), and 
Philip Resnik (University of Maryland) 

The proposed officers are:

President: Adam Kilgarriff, ITRI, University of Brighton 
Secretary: Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University 

Information Officers: 
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto
Martha Evens, Northwestern University
Boyan Onyshkevych, Department of Defense
Charles Fillmore, University of California, Berkeley

Persons interested in joining SIGLEX should e-mail 

Other news:


The Global WordNet Association (GWA) has just been founded. Its goals are 
to provide a forum for the dissemination and sharing of information about 
the construction and uses of WordNet and wordnets; working towards the 
standardization of wordnets, and building professional ties among researchers 
in linguistics, computational linguistics, and the larger NLP community. 

For membership information, see

Piek Vossen, Sail Labs, Antwerp (Belgium)
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

ISLE: International Standards for Language Engineering

There is a new joint NSF/EU project for forming a consensus on Language
Engineering Standards for language resources, tools and products. The
current project is focusing on Multilingual Lexicons, Evaluation of Human
Language Technology systems, and various aspects of Natural Interaction and
Multi-modality. It builds on previous results from the LRE/LE and EAGLES
European projects.
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Message 2: Phonetics URLs (3)

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 21:42:01 +0800
From: karchung <>
Subject: Phonetics URLs (3)

	Here is a third posting in the Phonetics URLs 'series', this
time mostly of valuable feedback to the first two posts. I knew
when I was doing my search that I might well be reinventing the
wheel, but at least posting the search results and feedback to
the posts is serving to bring together existing resources - which
will now all be archived on the LINGUIST server and easily
available for future reference to anybody who checks.

(1) This is the wheel I tried to reinvent - a long list of links
to excellent phonetics resources:

From: Dani Byrd <>

Your list of phon resources got forwarded to me in a round-about
way. Many thanks! 

There may be some others of interest to you on my link list at:

including some further ear stuff.

Also, I think at the end of your list of sites you refer to UCSC
as USC--different school! I'm at the latter. :-)

Dani Byrd
Assistant Professor Department of Linguistics
University of Southern California

(Note: My apologies for an error in the first phonetics URLs post
- I identified the source of the site (II. (5)) as being USC, the
University of Southern California; it should be UCSC, the
University of California at Santa Cruz. - KSC)

(2) From: Daniel Currie Hall <>

Thanks for posting such a useful list of links on the Linguist
List! I have a site that you might want to add to the list. The page,
which is at

uses JavaScript to display sagittal sections and IPA
transcriptions for
articulations specified by the user. 

Daniel Currie Hall
University of Toronto

(3) From: Nick Reid <>

Thanks for your summary. It was interesting for me as I've
trawled over many of the same sites, and discovered from you a 
few more. If your interests extend into CD as well as web-based phonetics
resources, you might be interested in the info below about a CD I've 

Nick Reid
An Interactive Introduction to Phonetics
You may also place your order via the World Wide Web at;

Dr Nicholas Reid
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
University of New England
Armidale 2351, AUSTRALIA

(Note: Nick Reid has just posted the full ad over LINGUIST, so
I've edited it down for this summary. -KSC)

	Next, a very useful tool:

(4) WASP: Waveforms Annotations Spectrograms & Pitch

	This is from Mark Huckvale of the University College London. I
extend special thanks to Mark for his help in finding things
(more below) and also for designing and making available great
software. This is a very, very easy-to-use *spectrograph* you can
install and use on your PC. Making spectrograms for me used to
mean making an appointment at the phonetics lab when it's open
and I have time, and dealing with a lot of expensive and complex
hard- and software. For at least preliminary work, working with
WASP right at home is more than adequate. You record into your
computer, and the program displays the speech wave, broad and
narrow band spectrogram, and/or the pitch track. You can also
further process your data in various ways. This is
	Other intriguing speech tools (which I haven't tried) are also
available through this site.

(5) Virtual Tutorials in Phonology - Cantonese

	This is in Chinese, uses Shockwave, and concentrates on
Cantonese phonetics and phonology (it has some good examples of
sound changes in progress), with parts on Mandarin and English as
well. It is still under construction, and there are a few
problems with some of the test questions, but site designer
Roxana Fung <> says they're working on
these. Worth filing away for future use if you have any students
who read Chinese.


	I did a search with Liszt and other tools for finding e-mail
discussion lists, and found almost *nothing* on phonetics. When I
asked Mark Huckvale about this, however, he told me about two
good resources:

(6) A UK-based phonetics list (Ah! There *is* one!) To sign up,
go to:


(7) ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Special
Interest Groups

Since March 1998 ISCA knows Special Interest Groups and the board
has already approved several SIGs:

Speech Synthesis - SynSig 
Audio Visual Speech - AVISA
Speech And Language Technology for MInority Languages - SALTMIL 
Integration of Speech Technology in (Language) Learning - InSTIL 
SPeaker and Language Characterization - SpLC 
Education in the field of speech communication - EduSIG 
Speech Prosody - SProSIG 
Groupe Francophone de la Communication Parl?e - GFCP 

Please notice that some of these URLs are temporary addresses.

(8) Also, there's Rob Pensalfini's THEALING, which discusses the
linguistics of stage performance. It hasn't been that active
lately, but they talk a lot about phonetics when they get going.
	To subscribe to the list, send a message to
with the command "subscribe thealing" (without the quotes).

	Thanks again very, very much to everybody who contributed or
sent feedback.

Karen Steffen 
National Taiwan University
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