LINGUIST List 13.2828

Sat Nov 2 2002

Qs: Translation Volunteer; Variation; Ling Teaching

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  1. Giampaolo Poletto, Query: Volunteers for Corpus Translation
  2. Fred Cummins, Variability in intonation
  3. Michael Erard, History of Teaching of Linguistics

Message 1: Query: Volunteers for Corpus Translation

Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 14:35:10 +0100
From: Giampaolo Poletto <>
Subject: Query: Volunteers for Corpus Translation

My name is Giampaolo Poletto, II year PhD student in Applied
Linguistics at the Janus Pannonius University in Pecs, Hungary.

I would like to ask for collaboration in the collection of
translations English-Italian of a short set of periods; together they
would form a corpus of authentic documents for a study to be
empirically conducted on:

1. linguistic implications of translation;
2. source and target language relations;
3. different versions in the target language.

Target of the study: to find out and enquiry on different versions of
a given text, from the viewpoint of grammar and communication

Source language: English; target language: Italian.

Set of periods: three sentences; level of difficulty: to be indicated
as low, medium or high.

Content and situational context: ordinary, everyday, oral-based, no
idiomatic expressions, dialogical, unique sentence from a unique
person, context not completely made explicit.

Requirements for volunteers: possibly quite immediate, almost
spontaneous translation, no dictionary or other person's help, one
version for each sentence or blank space.

If interested, please, contact me at the following email address:

Best Regards,

Giampaolo Poletto

Bartok Bela utca, 28/2
7624 Pecs (HU)
tel 00 36 72 224 197

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Message 2: Variability in intonation

Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 06:22:27 +0000
From: Fred Cummins <>
Subject: Variability in intonation

Can anyone provide pointers to studies which provide hard numerical
estimates of within-speaker and cross-speaker variability in
intonation patterns, either in terms of straightforward F0 variation,
or as parameterized within a computational model. Especially relevant
would be numerical results based on any of the large corpora with
multiple repetitions per speaker and many speakers (such as OGI's
speaker ID corpus). Many thanks.

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Message 3: History of Teaching of Linguistics

Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 12:49:41 -0600
From: Michael Erard <>
Subject: History of Teaching of Linguistics


Does anyone know of a history of linguistics teaching? I don't mean a
history of foreign language teaching or a history of grammar pedagogy,
but rather something that would tell me, for example, where problem
sets came from, or when undergraduate linguistics students began
writing linguistic autobiographies, etc.

Thanks in advance. I'll post to the list if I receive enough responses.

Michael Erard
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