LINGUIST List 11.956

Wed Apr 26 2000

FYI: Summer - Comp/Cogn Ling, New Lang Resources

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  1. Frank Richter, Summer School/Comp Ling - CLaRK'2000, Bulgaria
  2. Valerie Mapelli, New Language Resources/ ELRA

Message 1: Summer School/Comp Ling - CLaRK'2000, Bulgaria

Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 13:30:52 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Frank Richter <>
Subject: Summer School/Comp Ling - CLaRK'2000, Bulgaria

Second announcement: Summer School 2000 in Bulgaria - CLaRK'2000

The Tuebingen-Sofia International Graduate Programme in Computational
Linguistics and Represented Knowledge (CLaRK) is inviting applications 
to a summer school in Sozopol, Bulgaria, this summer. Please note the
slight change of dates since the first announcement.

*NEW* Dates: August 25th - September 8th 2000 (days of arrival and departure) 

Place: Resort town of Sozopol (Black Sea), Bulgaria

Language: English 


Participants should be doctoral students who research the interfaces
between computer science, cognitive science, linguistics, mathematics
and philosophy. In exceptional cases, postdoctoral researchers as well
as outstanding students in the final year of masters level studies who
intend to pursue a doctorate will also be considered. The summer
school is limited to 25 students. Places are competitively allocated
on the basis of the research interests of the participants and the
perceived benefits to those interests of attending the summer
school. Participants must be proficient in English.


Via the CLaRK Program, the Volkswagen-Foundation will provide stipends
for up to 6 students from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe
and 6 further students from Bulgaria. The stipends will be awarded on
a competitive basis. The stipends will comprise travel costs (up to
DEM 600), and room and board for the duration of the summer school. At
the discretion of the CLaRK Program, the stipends may include
additional support for travel costs above DEM 600.


Participants who are not sponsored by a CLaRK stipend should
anticipate approximately DEM 125 for room and board per day. Costs for
transportation to and from the summer school are not included in this


Applications with a completely filled in registration form 
(available from,
a curriculum vitae, and a short (maximum three pages) summary of relevant
past and present research and education must be submitted to the
Office of the International Centre at Tuebingen by 30th April
2000. Applicants should indicate whether they are applying for a
CLaRK stipend. The event number that the registration form asks for is 5.

CLaRK stipend applications must include a letter of recommendation
with their application.

Internationales Zentrum fuer Wissenschaftliche Zusammenarbeit
Universitaet Tuebingen
Keplerstr. 17
D - 72074 Tuebingen
Tel.: (0049) 7071 / 29 - 77352 or /29 - 74156
Fax: (0049) 7071 / 29 5989

Content and Goals

Computational linguistics and knowledge representation are two
distinct disciplines that share a common concern with what knowledge
is, how it is used, and how it is acquired. However, though knowledge
representation and computational linguistics clearly address broadly
similar research problems, research within each of these fields has
hitherto been largely ignorant of research in the other. Moreover, the
ignorance the two fields have of each other both fosters and is
fostered by a wide gulf between the educations received by students of
knowledge representation and students of computational linguistics.
The goal of the summer school is to help bridge this gulf by
introducing the summer school students to recent developments in the
interdisciplinary field of computational linguistics and knowledge
representation. The summer school will take the form of courses in
various topics. The program provisionally includes courses in
computational morphology, corpus linguistics, declarative knowledge
representation, natural language semantics, Slavic syntax and

Preliminary Course Program

Erhard Hinrichs, Sandra Kuebler: Computational Tools for Corpus Linguistics
Valia Kordoni/Frank Richter: A Comparison of LFG and HPSG
Anna Kupsc: Slavic in HPSG
Detmar Meurers: Introduction to HPSG
Janina Rado: Introduction to Psycholinguistics
Kiril Simov/Gergana Popova: Computational Morphology
Kiril Simov/Atanas Kiryakov: Declarative Knowledge Representation
Kiril Simov/Atanas Kiryakov: WordNets: Principles and Applications

A short description of the courses can be found on the CLaRK webpages,

The expected guest speakers include Nicola Guarino from the University
of Padova, Italy (

Contact for further information:

Kiril Ivanov Simov (Sofia):
Frank Richter (Tuebingen): 

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Message 2: New Language Resources/ ELRA

Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 17:34:19 +0200
From: Valerie Mapelli <>
Subject: New Language Resources/ ELRA

		European Language Resources Association
			 ELRA News


We are happy to announce new resources available via ELRA:

ELRA-S0083 ISLE Speech Corpus
ELRA-W0015 "Le Monde" Text Corpus - Year 1999

A description of each database is given below.

ELRA-S0083 ISLE Speech Corpus

This corpus contains approximately 20 minutes of speech
(per speaker) from 23 German and 23 Italian intermediate
learners of English. Each speaker recorded sentences from
several blocks of various types (reading simple sentences,
using minimal pairs, giving answers to multiple choice
questions). The prompts were of varying perplexities.

About 2/3 of the data for each speaker was annotated by a
team of linguists. The files were corrected first at the word
level, and an automatic recogniser was then used to produce
phone-level annotations. The annotator then re-annotated
each sentence to mark phone and stress errors (e.g.,
substitutions, insertions, or deletions).

Corpus details:
a total of 46 speakers (23 German and 23 Italian)
11484 utterances
1.92 gigabytes of WAV files (4 CDs)
17 hours, 54 minutes, and 44 seconds of speech data

A much more detailed explanation of the ISLE corpus
will be available in the proceedings of LREC 2000. An
electronic copy of this paper may be obtained at ELRA
(Reference: W. Menzel, E. Atwell, P. Bonaventura, D. Herron,
P. Howarth, R. Morton, and C. Souter (in preparation). "The
ISLE corpus of non-native spoken English", Proc. Second
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation).

ELRA-W0015 "Le Monde" Text corpus - Year 1999

Electronic archiving of "Le Monde" articles started on 1
January 1987. Some 200 articles are added every day, making
it the biggest of its kind for all French daily newspapers.The
corpus is available in an ASCII text format. Each month consists
of some 10 MB of data (circa 120 MB per year). Data ranging
from 1987 until 1999 are available through ELRA (each buyer
may purchase up to 5 years of data).

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

or visit the online catalogue on our Web site:

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