LINGUIST List 12.1748

Thu Jul 5 2001

FYI: Summer: Logic/Lang/Info, New Corpus: Intonation

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  1. Ahti Pietarinen, Summer School - Logic, Lang & Info (ESSLLI'01) Helsinki, Finland
  2. Esther Grabe, New Corpus of Speech - Intonational Variation in English

Message 1: Summer School - Logic, Lang & Info (ESSLLI'01) Helsinki, Finland

Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 23:41:25 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Ahti Pietarinen <>
Subject: Summer School - Logic, Lang & Info (ESSLLI'01) Helsinki, Finland


 **Registration possible until the start of the event**

 13th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
 ESSLLI 2001

 University of Helsinki
 August 13-24, 2001


The 13th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
(ESSLLI'01) takes place at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland,
during two weeks in August, from August 13 until 24.

The ESSLLI Summer Schools are organised under the auspices of FoLLI
( ), the European Association for Logic, Language
and Information.

The main focus of the Summer School is the interface between linguistics,
logic and computation. Foundational, introductory and advanced courses,
workshops and special events cover a wide variety of topics within six
areas of interest:

 * Logic
 * Language
 * Computation
 * Logic and Language
 * Logic and Computation
 * Language and Computation

The number of courses offered is over 50. Previous summer schools have
been highly successful, attracting around 500 students from Europe and
elsewhere. The school has developed into an important meeting place and
forum for discussion for students, researchers and IT professionals
interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and
Information. In addition to courses, workshops and evening lectures, there
will be a Student Session and a social program.


The full scientific program can be found at our home page

Evening Lectures are given by

 * Edward L. Keenan "Spinoza Lecture" (UCLA)
 * Yannis Moschovakis "Vienna Circle Lecture" (UCLA)
 * Keith Devlin (Saint Mary's College, California)
 * Jaakko Hintikka (Boston & Helsinki)
 * Bonnie Webber (Edinburgh)

"Twenty Years of Finite-State Methods", special event organised by Lauri
Karttunen, Kimmo Koskenniemi and Gertjan van Noord.


 "Logic and Games" (Gabriel Sandu and Marc Pauly)

 "Information Structure, Discourse Structure and Discourse Semantics"
 (Ivana Kruijff-Korbayov� and Mark Steedman)

 "Automata and Finite Model Theory"
 (Lauri Hella, Juhani Karhum�ki and Kerkko Luosto)

Language and Logic:
 "Choice Functions and Natural Language Semantics"
 (Klaus von Heusinger, Ruth Kempson and Wilfried Meyer-Viol)

Logic and Computation:
 "Coordination and Action"
 (Peter K�hnlein, Alison Newlands and Hannes Rieser)

Language and Computation:
 "Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Categorisation"
 (Alessandro Lenci, Simonetta Montemagni and Vito Pirrelli)
 "Finite-State Methods in Natural Language Processing"
 (Lauri Karttunen, Kimmo Koskenniemi and Gertjan van Noord)
 "Mathematics of Language"
 (Larry Moss and Dick Oehrle)


By plane to Helsinki airport and then a 35-minute nonstop coach or taxi
service to the main railway station. From the railway station 5-minute walk
to the university.

A gateway between East and West, the city of Helsinki (population 1M) is
the capital of Finland and one of the nine European Cities of Culture for
the millennium. It is located at the south coast of Finland, within an
easy reach from the main airports worldwide, or inside Europe by car or
regular train services, or using the ferry services operating within the
Baltic region.

The scientific program of ESSLLI'01 will be held in the University Main
Building, located on the University city campus at the centre of Helsinki.


The accommodation organised by ESSLLI is fully booked now. Please go to to try alternative options.


Please go to and complete the on-line
registration form.


The ESSLLI'01 grant scheme is closed now.


In the weekend preceding ESSLLI, a "Finnish for Foreigners" language
course is organised. During ESSLLI, there will be excursions and other
social events. Helsinki Summer School ( )
offers special deals for ESSLLI participants who want to choose some
of their courses and earn credits.


The Association for the Mathematics of Language will stage its annual
meeting (MoL7) in conjunction with ESSLLI, in the weekend preceding
ESSLLI (August 10-12). The Formal Grammar Conference will be held in
conjunction with the Mathematics of Language Conference. The registration
fee is 50 euros.

Conference Description and Program:


 Marcus Kracht	 (Chair) <>
 Jouko V��n�nen	 (Logic)
 Bonnie Webber	 (Language)
 Claude Kirchner	 (Computation)
 Michael Moortgat	 (Logic and Language)
 Steffen H�lldobler (Computation and Logic)
 Claire Gardent	 (Language and Computation)


Please visit ESSLLI'01 Home Page

for updated information concerning the scientific program, registration fees
and procedures, grants, accommodation, satellite events, and other practical
information. For further enquiries concerning ESSLLI'01, please contact the
Organising Committee at <>, or write to

 ESSLLI 2001 Secretariat
 c/o Department of Philosophy
 P.O. Box 9
 FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

ESSLLI'01 is organised by the Department of Philosophy (coordinator), the
Department of Mathematics, the Department of General Linguistics, and the
Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki.


 Gabriel Sandu	(Chair, Philosophy)
 Jouko V��n�nen	(Mathematics)
 Fred Karlsson	(General Linguistics)
 Ilkka Niiniluoto	(Philosophy)
 Martti Tienari	(Computer Science)
 Ahti Pietarinen	(Philosophy, secretariat) <>

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Message 2: New Corpus of Speech - Intonational Variation in English

Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001 14:25:14 +0100 (GMT)
From: Esther Grabe <>
Subject: New Corpus of Speech - Intonational Variation in English

New speech data base available on CD ROM: 

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The IViE Corpus: English Intonation in the British Isles

ESRC grant R000237145
Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge
Principal investigators: Esther Grabe (also University of Oxford), Francis 
Nolan Research associate: Brechtje Post

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The IViE corpus contains directly comparable data from nine urban dialects of 
English spoken in the British Isles in five speaking styles. The data allow 
for acoustic and other investigations of cross-varietal and stylistic 
variation in English intonation and they can be used for teaching purposes.

IViE = Intonational Variation in English

Varieties of English: 	Belfast English, Bradford Punjabi English
			(Punjabi-English bilingual speakers), 
			Cambridge, Cardiff (Welsh-English 
			bilinguals), Dublin, London (speakers of 
			West Indian descent), Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle

Speaking styles:	Conversations, map task, read text & retold version
			of the same text, controlled sentences

Speakers:		12 speakers from each variety, 6 male, 6 female. 
			16 years of age. Data recorded in local secondary

Total duration:		36 hours of speech

Format: 		.wav

The corpus is distributed as a pack of 5 CDs, on request, and it is available 
free of charge to the research community. A booklet with information about
the corpus (e.g. speakers initials, filenames, maps used in the map task etc.)
is included.

For more information, see our web-site:
If you would like to receive a copy of the corpus, mail or 

A subsection of the corpus will be published with prosodic annotations later 
this year, also on CD-ROM (5 hours of speech).
Dr. Esther Grabe,
Department of Phonetics, University of Oxford and Linguistics, Cambridge
Phonetics Laboratory, 41 Wellington Square, University of Oxford, OX1 2JF
Tel. +44 1865 270446
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