LINGUIST List 13.2897

Fri Nov 8 2002

FYI: NCOLCTL Award, M.SC. Speech/Language Processing

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  1. McGinnis, Scott, Call for nominations: NCOLCTL A. Ronald Walton Award
  2. Simon King, M.Sc. in Speech and Language Processing, Edinburgh, UK

Message 1: Call for nominations: NCOLCTL A. Ronald Walton Award

Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 09:17:04 -0500
From: McGinnis, Scott <>
Subject: Call for nominations: NCOLCTL A. Ronald Walton Award


Since 2000, the National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly
Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) has annually given The A. Ronald Walton
Award, in honor of the late co-founder of NCOLCTL and founding Deputy
Director of the National Foreign Language Center, Dr. Ron Walton. The
Award is given in recognition of a career of distinguished service on
behalf of the Less Commonly Taught Languages. The first three awards
have been given to James E. Alatis (2000), Teresita Ramos (2001) and
Richard D. Brecht (2002).

Beginning in 2003, the selection will be based upon an annually rotating
pool of eligible Council member organizations. The organizations within
each annual grouping will be asked to select a nominee or nominees from
among their membership, and to send that nomination to NCOLCTL along
with a brief (no more than two pages) description of the nominee's
contributions to LCTLs in general and his or her organization in

For the year 2003, the following Council member organizations are 
eligible to submit nominations.

 American Association of Teachers of Turkic Language (AATT)
 Cantonese Language Association (CLA)
 Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools(CLASS)
 Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)
 International Association of Teachers of Czech (IATC, formerly NAATC)
 National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP)

Nominations should be submitted no later than 15 January, 2003, to

	Scott McGinnis
 	National Foreign Language Center
 	7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 300
 	College Park, MD 20740
	Fax		301-403-1754

The recipient will be announced at the Sixth National Conference on May
2-4, 2003 at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Message 2: M.Sc. in Speech and Language Processing, Edinburgh, UK

Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 10:51:48 GMT
From: Simon King <>
Subject: M.Sc. in Speech and Language Processing, Edinburgh, UK

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 M.Sc. in Speech and Language Processing
 One year taught Masters course

 Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
 School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences 
 University of Edinburgh, UK
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We are now accepting applications for entry in October 2003.

The course is aimed at students with linguistics, computing,
engineering, psychology, philosophy or mathematics backgrounds, or
relevant experience. It is concerned with computational methods for
the automatic processing, and study, of spoken and written language
systems, from phonetics to computer speech recognition, natural
language understanding and beyond.

It consists of two terms of taught modules followed by an extended
project which results in a dissertation. Teaching is provided jointly
by Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Informatics and Psychology.

 European Masters in Language and Speech

The course has been approved by the EuroMasters consortium. Students
who take an appropriate selection of modules may be additionally
awarded a certificate endorsed by the International Speech
Communication Association (ISCA) and the European chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL).

The University of Edinburgh has one of the largest concentrations of
language researchers, studying the formal, computational,
psychological and social aspects of language. The language community
includes members from different subject areas with rich collaborative
links with many outside institutions. It is drawn together for
research within the Human Communication Research Centre and shares
M.Sc. teaching and Ph.D supervision.

The course provides research or vocational training and can be
freestanding or leading to Ph.D. study. The modular nature of the
course means that it can be tailored to individual needs. Edinburgh
University offers excellent infrastructure and support, including a
purpose-built computer lab for this course.

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For further information, including full details of the modules
available, please visit the course website:

or contact the course organiser:

Dr. Simon King
Centre for Speech Technology Research 
University of Edinburgh 
2 Buccleuch Place 
EH8 9LW 
Tel: +44-131-651-1725

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