LINGUIST List 11.24

Tue Jan 11 2000

FYI: ELSNET School,Etruscan Webpage,Latin Institute

Editor for this issue: James Yuells <>


  1. Mariken Broekhoven, ELSNET Summer School
  2. Arysio Nunes dos Santos, Etruscan Webpage
  3. Kate Stoddard, Summer Latin Institute at UVa

Message 1: ELSNET Summer School

Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 12:10:53 +0100
From: Mariken Broekhoven <>
Subject: ELSNET Summer School

*******************First Announcement***************************

8th European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication

 "Text and Speech Triggered Information Access (TeSTIA)"

 Chios Island, Greece, 15-30 July 2000

The 2000 ELSNET Summer School will be organized by the Institute 
for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP) in Athens, Greece. 
The event will be sponsored by ELSNET, IHP and ILSP, and receive 
further support from ISCA and EACL.

Years of speech and billions of characters are stored in various 
media including the Internet. How can we ever find useful 
information in such vast archives? Automatic procedures that can 
recognize speech accurately and linguistic tools that automatically 
take out essential information components may do the job. The 2000 
Summer School will present the current state of the art. For details 
of the programme, which will consist of plenary sessions, parallel 
courses and workshops, please check the summer school homepage:

Mariken Broekhoven
ELSNET Assistant Coordinator

European Network in Language and Speech
mail : Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS,
 Trans 10, 3512 JK, Utrecht, The Netherlands
tel : +31 30 253 6039
fax : +31 30 253 6000
www :
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Message 2: Etruscan Webpage

Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 11:50:34 -0500 (EST)
From: Arysio Nunes dos Santos <>
Subject: Etruscan Webpage

Dear Sir/Madam,
 This is to invite you to visit the below Internet Homepage,
where I published the first installment of my discovery that Etruscan is
indeed a member of the Dravidian linguistic family. The paper is of book
size, and will be published in installments, which will soon become
available in the CyBaList of Mr. Cyril Babaev, who was kind enough to
publish it there:
 The work was done according to the canon of Linguistics, with
adequate rigor, and is all ready and complete now. It embodies all of
the about 1,000 known words of Etruscan. ALL Etruscan words find their
perfect correspondence both phonetic and etymological in Dravida. Now,
this cannot be just a coincidence for, as I show in the paper itself,
the a priori odds against this are unthinkably small.
 Actually, my own work was only rendered possible by the previous
one of the Etruscologists such as yourselves, who built the foundation
of it, and to whom I am extremely thankful. I ask of you to please
submit your welcome comments and critique, and also beg the support to
this discovery, which could revolutionize, if accepted, the whole
science of Etruscology, and create a shortcut to the solution of the
riddle posed by this mysterious, seclusive, though fascinating people.
	Of course, this discovery is further supported by all sorts of
other anthropological evidence, which I have been collecting over the
last 20 years or so of research on the matter. The whole thing is quite
logical, as the Pelasgians in general were also of Dravidian extraction.
For many reasons the Indians preferred to silence their luciferine role
in the civilization of the West, a new light that now unfolds. Please
also tell your friends to visit the site.
Prof. Arysio Nunes dos Santos
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Phone: 031-284-2085 - FAX:031-284-2992
Address: R. Arq. Rafaelo Berti, 695
30.210.120 - Belo Horizonte (MG) - BRAZIL
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Message 3: Summer Latin Institute at UVa

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 14:36:29 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: Kate Stoddard <>
Subject: Summer Latin Institute at UVa

In the summer of 2000 the Department of Classics at the 
University of Virginia will again offer Latin as one of the 
University's Summer Foreign Language Institutes. The Latin
program, which will take place from June 12 through August 
11, is an intensive course designed to cover two years of
college-level Latin (12 UVa credit hours earned). Students who wish to
acquire experience in reading Latin but do not require course credit may
also choose a non-credit option, which is available at a 
lower tuition rate. No previous knowledge of Latin is 
required for participation. The Summer Latin Institute is 
an excellent opportunity for motivated students to achieve 
rapid proficiency in Latin.

The Institute begins with the fundamentals of Latin 
grammar, including elementary readings and composition. In 
the second half of the program students read extensively 
from prose and verse authors at the intermediate level, in 
addition to completing more advanced exercises in prose
composition and metrics. There are six hours of formal 
instruction per day and supplementary review sessions in 
the evenings.

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, a 
city with approximately 30,000 residents situated at the 
foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The University 
was founded by Thomas Jefferson, who also designed the 
Rotunda and the "Academical Village," which comprise the
centerpiece of the University's grounds. Jefferson's 
celebrated home, Monticello, is nearby. Within driving 
distance are Washington, D.C. (2 hours), Richmond (1 hour), 
and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the 
Shenandoah Valley (45 minutes).

A unique feature of the Summer Latin Institute at UVa is 
its housing option. The Latin House is supervised by a 
House Director who is also an instructor competent in the 
language. Evening study sessions, special activities, and 
assistance on assignments are all available at the Latin
House, where students have ready access to reference 
materials and other study aids. The Latin House is located 
near the University's grounds, within walking distance of 
classes and the Corner District, where there is a variety 
of stores and restaurants. Students have the option of 
dining out or preparing their own meals at the Latin 
House, which is equipped with kitchen facilities. The cost 
of housing is $750.00. For more details on tuition and 
other costs, contact our website:

Participants in previous sessions of the Latin Institute 
have benefitted greatly from this experience. For example, 
undergraduates from several institutions, including UVa, 
have applied credit earned at the Institute toward degrees 
in Classics and other related disciplines. Many graduate 
students from such departments as History, Religious 
Studies, Art History, Philosophy, and English have 
completed our intensive program and continue to use Latin 
to further their educational and research objectives.

The following is a sampling of comments made by students of 
the 1998 and 1999 Latin Institutes:
	"The work was challenging, but I felt well 
	"The Latin Institute has instructors with creative 
and energetic approaches to language study."

	"The structure was most effective...the whole 
process was very rewarding."
	"Working in groups during class was an effective 
	"I learned a tremendous amount of Latin in a very 
short period of time."
	"The student has been given a thorough base from 
which to continue study."

	"Chalk me up as another Summer Institute success 
story. I just passed the English Department's PhD Latin 
exam....I want to thank you all for making the Institute 
such a valuable experience."

For more information please contact:

SFLI Director Dudley Jay Doane, 
Kate Stoddard, Director of the Summer Latin Institute,

Kate Stoddard
Department of Classics
University of Virginia
401 New Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22903
TEL: (804)924-3008
FAX: (804)924-3062
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