LINGUIST List 11.566

Tue Mar 14 2000

FYI: Mediaeval Latin/Summer, Lang Engineering/NATO

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  1. Danuta Shanzer, Mediaeval Latin Summer Course/ Cornell University, USA
  2. Kemal Oflazer, Comp Ling: Lang Engineering/ NATO ASI - Deadline

Message 1: Mediaeval Latin Summer Course/ Cornell University, USA

Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 16:24:36 -0500
From: Danuta Shanzer <>
Subject: Mediaeval Latin Summer Course/ Cornell University, USA

Cornell University Summer Session and the Department of Classics is pleased 
to present the Intensive Summer Workshop in Mediaeval Latin.

The course, offered for up to four credits, is held on the Cornell campus 
from May 31--June 23, 2000.

For more information, please see the materials below or contact:

Professor Danuta Shanzer, Department of Classics, Cornell University,
120 Goldwin Smith Hall, Ithaca, NY, 14853-3201; telephone: 607
255-8640; fax: 607 254-8899; e-mail:; Web: 

Program Overview

This three-week course is intended primarily for graduate
students or teachers in any field of Mediaeval Studies who must be able
to read Mediaeval Latin with confidence and who require an intensive
refresher course. It includes grammar (review of morphology and syntax)
and reading of prose and poetry both seen and at sight. An introduction
to the methodology, bibliography, and study of Mediaeval Latin is also

Readings range widely and include authors and texts such as the
Itala and Vulgata, Jerome, Augustine, Prudentius, Ambrose, Boethius, Bede, 
Alcuin, Einhard, the Cambridge Songs, Anselm, Orderic Vitalis, Geoffrey of 
Monmouth, Abelard, John of Salisbury, the Carmina Burana, Vincent of Beauvais,
Thomas Aquinas, and Salimbene. On occasion the class uses the
techniques of the mediaeval lectio (similar to "direct
method") to question and paraphrase the text in Latin. Basic
instruction in metrics, both quantitative and rhythmical, is provided.
Students are encouraged to suggest readings, particularly technical
ones, that may be of use to them in the future; the course seeks to
develop the active mastery of Mediaeval Latin necessary for pursuing
professional research. 

The term "Mediaeval Latin" is in itself somewhat imprecise. It is a
shorthand used to describe an immensely complicated phenomenon: a
language that initially was spoken and written as a first language,
eventually used as a second and primarily written language. Mediaeval
Latin comprises elements from Classical Latin, Vulgar Latin,
Ecclesiastical Latin, and Greek, and eventually from the Mediaeval
vernaculars, some of which are its daughter-languages. Yet students are
often expected to be able to read it spontaneously without specialized
instruction. This course aims to remedy the situation. 

The workshop is cosponsored by Cornell's School of Continuing Education
and Summer Sessions and the Department of Classics. Students register
for Classics 369, Intensive Mediaeval Latin Reading, for four credits.


The class meets from 9:30-11:00 am and from 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Monday through Friday. Between 11:00 and 11:30 am more energetic
members of the class have been known to play frisbee on the Arts
Quadrangle, while the more sedentary review their reading, drink
coffee, or chat. Every afternoon there is an optional review-session
(usually an hour long) run by a Late and Medieval Latin Ph. D.
candidate. Professor Shanzer encourages students to come with a short
reading-project in their specialised area of interest, and meets with
them privately once a week to work on it.


Danuta Shanzer received her A.B. (Greek and Latin) from Bryn
Mawr College and D.Phil. (Lit. Hum.) from Oxford University. She has
taught at Oxford University, the University of Manchester, the
University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard University. Professor
Shanzer is currently a professor in the Department of Classics and
Director of the Mediaeval Studies Program at Cornell. In addition to
the core Classical texts, she teaches advanced Latin prose composition,
Vulgar Latin, and Greek and Latin paleography and textual criticism.
Professor Shanzer specializes in Latin of the Later Roman Empire, both
prose and poetry, and in Mediaeval Latin. She has written a commentary
on Martianus Capella Book 1 and is currently working on Merovingian
Latin (a translation and commentary of the Epistulae
of Avitus of Vienne) as well as obscenity and humor in Later Roman and
Mediaeval Latin literature. She also serves as the North American
editor for Early Medieval Europe. 

Application Procedure 

While the course is designed for people who have had "some
Latin," probably "some time ago," students should have had a minimum of
one year of college Latin, or the equivalent. It is strongly
recommended that students review and master their Latin morphology (all
nominal and pronominal declensions and verbs) before taking the course.
A diagnostic test will be administered on the first day of class. To
apply, send a letter of application listing the Latin courses you have
taken and your Latin reading to the address below by April 14, 2000.
Graduate students must also send a copy of their transcript and a
letter of recommendation from a Latin teacher. You will be notified of
the admissions decision by May 3. 

For information and to apply, contact

Professor Danuta Shanzer, Department of Classics, Cornell
University, 120 Goldwin Smith Hall, Ithaca, NY, 14853-3201; telephone:
607 255-8640; fax: 607 254-8899; e-mail:; Web: 

Program Charge 

The cost of the workshop is $2,500. (A limited number of partial
scholarships are available for participants from outside Cornell.) For
those not requiring academic credit, there is a special tuition charge
of $1,500. A nonrefundable deposit of $250 (credited toward tuition) is
due upon acceptance into the program. Formal registration will take
place on the first day of class. The remaining tuition must be paid on
or before the date of registration. 

Financial Aid Available for the Intensive Summer Workshop in
Medieval Latin

The workshop hopes to be able to sponsor a number of partial
tuition scholarships for graduate students from outside Cornell
University who need to take the course for credit. Partial scholarship
support will be available only to those signing up for the Full Tuition
option ($2500.00). If you would like to apply for a scholarship we need
the following information from you:

1. A copy of your graduate school transcript.

2. A letter of recommendation from a/your Latin professor/teacher.

3. A letter of recommendation from your advisor or

4. A letter from you stating the minimum award you would need to enable
you to attend the workshop.

If you receive an award, it will be for the full amount requested. If
we cannot offer you the full amount you need, we will not award you any
scholarship money.

Notification of awards will be made after April 14th 2000. 


On-campus accommodations in residence halls are available.
Estimated room charges are $325-$425 for three weeks. Dining options
are also available and may be purchased when you arrive. You will receive 
further information about housing and dining upon acceptance. 

The Cornell Campus 

The Cornell Library contains more than five million volumes in
seventeen libraries. The facilities for Mediaeval Studies are excellent
and are housed in Olin and Kroch libraries on central campus. They
include a special Mediaeval Studies Room (Olin 404) and the Department
of Rare Books and Manuscripts' Dante Collection and Icelandic

Summer in Ithaca 

Cornell is located in the Finger Lakes region of Central New
York State, one of the northeast's most famous summer vacation areas. 

The spectacular Cornell campus covers a hill overlooking the city of
Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. Athletic facilities at the University include
an eighteen-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, swimming
pools, gymnasiums, and more than thirty outdoor tennis courts. The
University also offers a variety of free musical performances and other
cultural activities during the summer months. 

With its lake, gorges, and surrounding countryside, Ithaca is an ideal
place to enjoy activities including hiking, sailing, bicycling, and
picnicking. Visitors are encouraged to view the wildlife in two nearby
nature preserves, Sapsucker Woods and Six Mile Creek; stroll through
the rose gardens; watch the sun setting over the pond at the Cornell
Plantations; and explore the area's wineries and verdant state parks. 

Ithaca itself is a small but cosmopolitan city, unaffected by urban
sprawl. The Commons, a popular pedestrian mall, is a great place for
strolling and window-shopping. Or you can visit the DeWitt Mall, an old
public school converted into shops, art galleries, and cafes. There are
ten bookstores within walking distance of the Commons. We hope you will
join us at Cornell this year and enjoy all the pleasures of a summer in
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Message 2: Comp Ling: Lang Engineering/ NATO ASI - Deadline

Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 16:53:47 +0200
From: Kemal Oflazer <>
Subject: Comp Ling: Lang Engineering/ NATO ASI - Deadline





 July 3 - 14, 2000



Co-directors: Kemal Oflazer (Bilkent University), Sergei Nirenburg (New
Mexico State University), Oleg Kapanadze (Tbilisi State University).

Important Information about travel support for Greek, Portugese, Turkish
and US Participants is available at the end of the announcement.

We are pleased to announce that the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on
Language Engineering for Lesser-studied Languages will be held on the campus
of Bilkent University in Turkey, July 3rd through July 14th, 2000. The ASI
program will comprise the following courses on the state-of-the-art in
various aspects of language engineering. Currently, the following courses
are planned:

 * Introduction to languages and language engineering,
 Nicholas Ostler (Linguacubun, UK)
 Sergei Nirenburg (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

 * Text processing ecology,
 Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU, USA)

 * Computational tools and resources,
 Remi Zajac (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU, USA)

 * Computational morphology and finite state methods,
 Ken Beesley (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble,

 * Statistical methods and corpus linguistics,
 Christer Samuelsson (Xerox Research Centre Europe,
 Grenoble, France)

 * Lexical acquisition,
 Victor Raskin (Purdue University, USA)
 Sergei Nirenburg (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU, USA)

 * Grammar and grammar writing,
 Svetlana Sheremetyeva (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU,

 * Machine translation,
 Harold Somers (CCL,UMIST, UK)

 * Information extraction,
 Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

 * Information retrieval.
 Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

The ASI will feature a number of participant workshops. These workshops will
provide a forum for participants to present their work on language
engineering and receive feedback from colleagues. Applicants are strongly
suggested to submit an abstract of their presentation in their application.
Abstracts will be selected for presentation in the workshops after a review
process. Full versions of these presentations will be expected to be
submitted before the ASI starts.

The ASI will also feature discussion panel which will enable participants to
discuss specific issues in language engineering with experts in the field.

The ASI will admit a limited number of qualified participants from NATO
countries (1) Partner countries (2), and Mediterranean dialogue countries
(3). Depending on the specific circumstances, funding for living and lodging
expenses of such participants will be available. Participants from
commercial/industrial institutions may attend provided they cover their
travel and living expenses. Please inquire with
for the details of such participation.

Since there are a limited number of participant slots, admission to the ASI
will be strictly on a competitive basis taking into account the
participants' background, their potential contribution and the benefit they
may draw from the meeting.

All courses and presentations will be conducted in English.

We acknowledge the additional support provided by Bilkent University,
Computing Research Lab, NMSU, and EACL- European Chapter of the Association
for Computational Linguistics.

This information and the application form can be found at
and on mirror sites listed there



Please fill out the application form and send by electronic mail to Application by fax or mail will only be
considered in exceptional circumstances. The deadline for applications is
March 15, 2000. Applicants will be notified of the results of their
application by April 17, 2000.

Applicants are expected to secure financial support for travel to/from
Ankara, Turkey, from outside sources. Support for living and lodging
expenses during the ASI will be available to qualified applicants on a case
by case basis.


NATO provides limited additional funds to ensure the participation of some
young scientists from Greece, Portugal and Turkey, who might otherwise be
prevented from NATO Advanced Study Institutes. These funds are administered
on NATO's behalf, by a National Administrator in each of the three
countries. These funds are requested by the ASI on behalf of the accepted
participants and not by individual participants, but individuals looking for
further information regarding these funds can contact:

in Greece:
 Mrs. M. Bofakou,
 Ministry of Industry, General Secretariat of Research and Technology
 International Organisations Departments,
 Messogion, 14-18, 11527 Athens Tel: 30-1 775 2222, Fax: 30-1 775 3872

in Portugal
 Dr. L. Floxo
 Instituto de Coopera�ao Cientifica e Tecnologica Internacional
 Rua Castilho, 5-4,
 1250-066 Lisbon Tel: 351-1, 358 5303, Fax: 351-1 315 4065

in Turkey
 Prof.H. Arici,
 The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, T�BITAK
 Atat�rk Bulvari, 221, Kavaklidere, Ankara Tel: 90-312-426 6846,
 Fax: 90-312- 427 2382

The US NSF may also provide travel awards for a limited number of US student
participants in selected Advanced Study Institutes conducted in NATO
countries other than Canada and US. The awards consist of round trip
tickets issued directly to participants by a travel agency acting for NSF.
The ASI Organization will contact the NSF on behalf of the selected US

Citizens of Greece, Portugal, Turkey and the US may indicate that they would
like to apply for these additional grants on their application forms.
After the participants are selected, the relevant national offices will be
contacted by the NATO ASI Organization in due time with the names of the
participants from the respective countries for additional travel support.
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(1) NATO Countries: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA.

(2) Partner Countries eligible for support: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzistan, Latvia,
Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tadjikistan,
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (*), Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
Uzbekistan. ((*) Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its
constitutional name.)

(3) Mediterranean Dialogue Countries eligible for support: Egypt, Israel.


Please use as much space as necessary. Send completed form by electronic
mail to Do not send a hardcopy by mail or fax.
Please take as much space as you feel is necessary.

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Please summarize your educational and work background and experience
especially pointing out experience and publications (if any) relevant
to language engineering.

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Please give a short summary of why you would want to attend the NATO ASI
and what do you expect to gain from it.

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Would you like to submit a paper for consideration for presentation in
Participant Workshops? If so, please provide a title, and an abstract.
Please note that submitting a paper does not have any impact on the
criteria to be used in selecting participants.




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