LINGUIST List 11.919

Fri Apr 21 2000

FYI: Anti-Bilingual Education, New Lang Resources

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  1. Jeff MacSwan, Anti-Bilingual Education Legislation
  2. Valerie Mapelli, New Language Resources/ ELRA

Message 1: Anti-Bilingual Education Legislation

Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 12:18:31 -0700
From: Jeff MacSwan <macswanasu.edu>
Subject: Anti-Bilingual Education Legislation

Dear colleagues,

Please visit the website of the Arizona Language Education Council (ALEC) 
at www.alec2000.org to learn about the efforts of teachers, parents, 
researchers, and others interested in defeating the proposed anti-bilingual 
education initiative in the state of Arizona.

Learn about joining and supporting ALEC at http://www.alec2000.org/join.htm

ALEC Mission Statement
- ------------------------------------

WHO ARE WE?

The Arizona Language Education Council (ALEC) is a non-profit association 
dedicated to educating the public about the historical and present context 
of the education of language minority children in Arizona. We are parents, 
teachers, business people, tribal leaders, community volunteers, and 
researchers. We are united by our concern for the academic success for 
children learning English and other languages in our state.

ALEC seeks
(1) To increase public awareness about language education issues
(2) To dispel myths and misconceptions about bilingual education,
(3) To provide a clearinghouse of information for Arizonans, policy-makers, 
and news media.

ALEC is especially concerned about the English Only initiative that may be 
placed on the Arizona ballot in November, 2000. 

ALEC's primary activities include, but are not limited to:
- Free bi-monthly workshops to raise awareness about language education issues
- Quarterly roundtables, hosted by the regional Arizona chapters, which 
ddress myths about bilingual education, developments in state legislation, 
and issues of bilingualism and biliteracy.
- Symposia at scholarly conferences and public language policy debates.

If you are interested in participating in one of the above activities or 
would like to schedule a speaker for your gathering, contact ALEC at email: 
commentsalec2000.org

Visit the ALEC website at www.alec2000.org
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Message 2: New Language Resources/ ELRA

Date: March 11, 2000 11:06:37 +0200
From: Valerie Mapelli <mapellielda.fr>
Subject: New Language Resources/ ELRA

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				ELRA
		European Language Resources Association
			 ELRA News
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		 *** ELRA NEW RESOURCES ***

We are happy to announce new resources available via ELRA:

ELRA-S0058 RVG1 (Regional Variants of German 1)
ELRA-S0081 Norwegian SpeechDat(II) FDB-1000
ELRA-S0082 Siemens Synthesis Corpus - SI1000P
ELRA-W0020 PAROLE French Corpus
ELRA-W0022 ILSP/ELEFTHEROTYPIA Corpus (Greek corpus)
ELRA-L0033 LusoLEX European Portuguese Lexicon
ELRA-L0034 BrasiLEX Brazilian Portuguese lexicon

A short description of each database is given below.

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ELRA-S0058 RVG1 (Regional Variants of German 1)
_______________________________________

We would like to inform you that the ELRA-S0058 RVG1
has been extended by 421 speakers, recorded through
high quality microphones. More information about this
database is available on the ELRA Web site.

_______________________________________
ELRA-S0081 Norwegian SpeechDat(II) FDB-1000
_______________________________________

The Norwegian SpeechDat(II) FDB-1000 comprises 1016
Norwegian speakers (517 males, 499 females) recorded over
the Norwegian fixed telephone network. The SpeechDat database
has been collected and annotated by Telenor Research and
Development. The FDB-1000 database is partitioned into 4 CDs.
The speech databases made within the SpeechDat(II) project were
validated by SPEX, the Netherlands, to assess their compliance
with the SpeechDat format and content specifications.
Speech samples are stored as sequences of 8-bit 8 kHz A-law.
Each prompted utterance is stored in a separate file. Each signal
file is accompanied by an ASCII SAM label file which contains the
relevant descriptive information. A pronunciation lexicon with a
phonemic transcription in SAMPA is also included.

_______________________________________
ELRA-S0082 Siemens Synthesis Corpus - SI1000P
_______________________________________

The SI1000P recordings were done to provide material for high
quality concatenate speech synthesis. It contains 1000 newspaper
sentences read by two German professional broadcasting announcers
in studio quality together with the laryngographic signal and the glottal
pulse stream. Parts of the corpus were labelled and segmented
phonemically (SAM-PA) and prosodically (borders + accents).

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ELRA-W0020 PAROLE French Corpus
_______________________________________

The PAROLE French corpus contains a total of 20 093 099 words, that
include the following data:
Miscellaneous: (CRATER, MLCC Multilingual and Parallel Corpora): 2 025 964
words
Books: CNRS Editions: 3 267 409 words
Periodicals: CNRS Info, Herm�s: 942 963 words
Newspapers: Le Monde, provided by ELRA: 13 856 763 words

The resulting resources are conformant to the PAROLE format.

_____________________________________
ELRA-W0022 ILSP/ELEFTHEROTYPIA Corpus (Greek corpus)
_______________________________________

This corpus contains approximately 3 million words from the daily
newspaper ELEFTHEROTYPIA, classified and annotated accordingly to
the common core PAROLE encoding standard. The format of the corpus
is SGML files. A subset of the corpus (250,000 words) is
morpho-syntactically tagged; all the words are also lemmatised and checked.

_______________________________________
ELRA-L0033 LusoLEX European Portuguese Lexicon
_______________________________________

Multifunctional monolingual lexicon of the European variety of Portuguese,
consisting of about 61,000 entries (lemmas) and 1,600 correspondent
inflexion paradigms. The set of entries includes compound words and
the inflexion paradigms include information regarding enclitics,
augmentatives and diminutives. Morphological information is encoded
with maximum granularity and is conformant with the EAGLES recommendations.

_______________________________________
ELRA-L0034 BrasiLEX Brazilian Portuguese lexicon
_______________________________________

Multifunctional monolingual lexicon of the Brazilian variety of Portuguese,
consisting of about 65,000 entries (lemmas) and 1,600 correspondent
inflexion paradigms. The set of entries includes compound words and
the inflexion paradigms include information regarding enclitics and
augmentative/diminutive degree. Morphological information is encoded
with maximum granularity and is conformant with the EAGLES recommendations.

For further information, please contact:

 ELRA/ELDA	 Tel +33 01 43 13 33 33
 55-57 rue Brillat-Savarin Fax +33 01 43 13 33 30
 F-75013 Paris, France E-mail mapellielda.fr

or visit the online catalogue on our Web site:

 http://www.icp.grenet.fr/ELRA/home.html
 or http://www.elda.fr





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