LINGUIST List 13.1294

Thu May 9 2002

FYI: MICASE Corpus, African Language Institute

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  1. Rita Carol Simpson, Complete MICASE corpus available online
  2. Deo Ngonyani, Summer Cooperative African Language Institute

Message 1: Complete MICASE corpus available online

Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 14:32:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Rita Carol Simpson <ritacsimumich.edu>
Subject: Complete MICASE corpus available online


The English Language Institute at the University of Michigan is pleased to
announce that phase one of the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English
(MICASE) is now complete, and the corpus is available for research,
pedagogic applications, and general interest at
http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/micase. MICASE consists of approximately 1.7
million words from 152 speech events recorded at the University of
Michigan between 1997 and 2001, covering a wide range of university spoken
activities.

The database is made freely available through the above-mentioned website,
which has a custom-designed search engine allowing for a variety of
searches that take advantage of the detailed speaker and speech event
attributes encoded in the corpus. The ELI is deeply grateful to the
Digital Library Production Services of the University Library for their
generous support of this project.

Further information about MICASE is also available through the ELI
website, www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/micase/micase.htm , where we give
background information, composition of the corpus in terms of
percentages/words for major speaker and speech event categories, details
about the transcription and markup scheme, and a list of MICASE-inspired
presentations and publications.

Developments planned for the second phase of the project include tagging
the corpus for part-of-speech, generating a word list of academic speech
and related lexical statistics, posting selected soundfiles on the
website, and the development of language teaching and testing materials,
as well as continued research on grammatical, lexical, and discoursal
features of academic speech.

The MICASE team currently includes Rita Simpson (project director), John
M. Swales (faculty advisor), and Sarah Briggs (testing advisor). General
inquiries about the project can be directed to Rita <ritacsimumich.edu>
or John <jmswalesumich.edu>.

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Message 2: Summer Cooperative African Language Institute

Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 09:31:19 +0000
From: Deo Ngonyani <ngonyanimsu.edu>
Subject: Summer Cooperative African Language Institute



Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI)
at Michigan State University 
African Studies Center
June 19 - July 27, 2002

 From June 19 to July 27, Michigan State University will host the
Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI). This intensive
language program offers one-year equivalent of language instruction
and cultural exposure. The following languages will be offered during
the SCALI 2002.

Akan/Twi II
Amharic I
Bamana I
Bamana II
Pulaar I
Shona I
Swahili I
Swahili II
Swahili III
Wolof I
Yoruba II
Zulu I
Zulu II
 
For enrolment in SCALI or questions about the program, contact:
Prof. Deo Ngonyani, Director SCALI 2002
Phone: 517-353-4051
Email: ngonyanimsu.edu
or
Kuria wa Githiora, Coordinator SCALI 2002
Phone: 517-353-9780
Email: githior1msu.edu

SCALI 2002 is co-sponsored by the African studies programs at Michigan
State University, Indiana University, Ohio University, Stanford
University, University of California Berkeley, University of
California Los Angeles, University of Florida, University of
Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Rutgers
University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. At MSU, SCALI is
co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, the Center for Language
Education and Research (CLEAR), the Center for Advanced Studies in
International Development/Women in Development (CASID/WID), and the
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African
Languages.

SCALI website:
http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfricanStudies/Scali/scali.htm
	
				
	
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