LINGUIST List 13.749

Thu Mar 21 2002

FYI: Proper Names, MA Programs, Corpus Courses

Editor for this issue: Marie Klopfenstein <marielinguistlist.org>


Directory

  1. Ariadna Font Llitjos, Pronunciation of Proper Names site
  2. Hans van de Koot, New MA Programs
  3. John Sinclair, The Tuscan Word Centre Courses 2002

Message 1: Pronunciation of Proper Names site

Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 14:41:49 -0500 (EST)
From: Ariadna Font Llitjos <aria+cs.cmu.edu>
Subject: Pronunciation of Proper Names site

We have just put up a site which allows us to evaluate our current
US pronunciation models for proper names as well as to collect data to
train new pronunciation models:

 http://www.pronounce-names.org

This site allows users to type in their names, and uses Edinburgh
University's Festival to generate the phonetic transcription as well as an
audio file according to (i) the CMU Pronouncing Dictionary, (ii) a
baseline, ngram-based pronunciation model and (iii) a model incorporating
language origin information.

Having listened to the audio files, the user is then asked to determine
whether the pronunciations generated are correct, acceptable or
unacceptable. If none of the pronunciations presented are acceptable, the
user can enter the correct phonetic transcription (a phonetic table is
provided as well as some transcription examples), and the corresponding
audio file gets generated and presented to the user, so that s/he can
confirm that it is indeed the correct pronunciation.

Therefore, in this early stage of the project, we are effectively getting
humans to evaluate our pronunciation models. At later stages, our site
will be able to present users with statistics on how people pronounce
their names, and thus it will become a useful resource on proper names
pronunciation.

Please take a minute to visit our site:

 http://www.pronounce-names.org


If you don't know what name to type in, you can go to:

 http://www.pronounce-names.org/eval

We have set up a site with 10 different names and their pronunciations
which you're asked to evaluate. We'll use this data to establish 
interlabeler agreement.

To find out about the details of our current pronunciation models, see
[Font Llitjos, 2001] (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aria/mthesis-cmu.htm).

Feel free to send any comments and suggestions.

Thank you.

Ariadna

 Ariadna Font Llitjos
 Language Technologies Institute Carnegie Mellon University
 4533 Newell Simon Hall 5000 Forbes Ave. 
 phone (412) 268-9515 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 aria+cs.cmu.edu http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aria/



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Message 2: New MA Programs

Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 11:32:40 -0000
From: Hans van de Koot <hanslinguistics.ucl.ac.uk>
Subject: New MA Programs

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NEW MA PROGRAMMES IN LINGUISTICS 
AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

>From September 2002, the department of Phonetics and 
Linguistics at UCL (http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk) will be offering
an MA in Phonology and an MA in Syntax alongside its 
existing MA in Linguistics:

MA PHONOLOGY (http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/educ/pg/phonology.htm)
MA SYNTAX (http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/educ/pg/syntax.htm)
MA LINGUISTICS (http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/educ/pg/linguistics.htm)

The MA SYNTAX and the MA PHONOLOGY are more advanced 
programmes intended for applicants who already have a 
BA in Linguistics or similar degree and who are looking 
for a course specially designed to prepare them for PhD 
research in their chosen field of study.The MA in 
LINGUISTICS is intended for applicants with very little 
background in linguistics.

The MA PHONOLOGY and the MA SYNTAX consists of four 
courses in the chosen specialization (phonology or syntax), 
a research seminar in the relevant area and an additional 
option, chosen by the student in consultation with their 
advisor. In addition, since phenomena in one area can often
only be understood in a larger linguistic context, students
specializing in syntax must take one course each in 
phonology and pragmatics/semantics, while students 
specializing in phonology must take one course each in 
syntax and pragmatics/semantics.

The MA programmes can be taken full-time over 12 months
or part-time over two years.

For further details, including course descriptions, 
assessment and information about scholarships and about 
how to apply, please visit the web sites listed above.

For details about our department and staff please visit
http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk
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Message 3: The Tuscan Word Centre Courses 2002

Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 00:20:50 +0100
From: John Sinclair <jmstwc.it>
Subject: The Tuscan Word Centre Courses 2002

	Courses at The Tuscan Word Centre 2002
	
	There will be two short intensive courses at TWC in June 2002
	
	17th-20th June HOW TO USE CORPORA IN LANGUAGE WORK
	
	24th-27th June HOW TO USE CORPORA IN LANGUAGE TEACHING
	
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	HOW TO USE CORPORA IN LANGUAGE WORK
	17th-20th June inclusive (arrive 16th, depart 21st)
	++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
	
	TWC runs such a course every year; it is open to advanced students
	and researchers, and workers in the language industries, and it is
	relevant to all who are interested in the present state of corpus work
	and the potential for the future.
	
	Topic Leaders:
	
	Prof G�ran Kjellmer, University of Gothenburg
	Mr Frank Mueller, University of Tuebingen
	Dr Pernilla Daniellson, University of Birmingham
	Prof Elena Tognini Bonelli, University of Lecce
	Prof John Sinclair, The Tuscan Word Centre
	
	Topics include:
	
	Syntax studies with annotated and unannotated corpora
	Syntactic class differences as mirrored in corpora.
	Corpora in a historical perspective
	Functionally-complete Units in a contextual theory of meaning
	Corpus-based and corpus-driven linguistics
	Shallow parsing:how it's done and what you can do with it
	Linguistic data structures in language corpora
	Software for corpus access and analysis
	Annotation and corpus interrogation
	Multilingual and parallel corpora
	The lexical item
	Lexicogrammar and Phraseology
	
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	For further information about the course, about TWC,
	its superb location and facilities, refer to the website
	http://www.twc.it
	or send an e-mail to mailto:coursestwc.it
	
	The overall cost of this course, including participation, 
	accommodation,
	all meals and local transport is 1500 euros.
	There is a strict limit on the number of places, so please apply early.
	
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	HOW TO USE CORPORA IN LANGUAGE TEACHING
	24th-27th June inclusive (arrive 23rd, depart 28th)
	++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
	The Tuscan Word Centre
	
	Intensive Course June 17th-20th 2002 inclusive
	
	Corpora are already an important source of ideas, models,
	examples and descriptions for language teaching, and will
	gradually affect the work of all the teachers, and the
	managers, researchers and materials developers in t
	he language teaching industry. Language teachers
	and their colleagues should be aware of the range of
	activities that are taking place all over the world, should
	 be in command of the routines of access to corpora
	and the retrieval of useful results, and should be able
	to plan uses of corpora in their own practice and in
	their own institutions.
	
	A very successful course on this theme was held at
	TWC in October 2001, and a book will shortly be
	published recording the main presentations that were made.
	
	Topic Leaders:
	
	Prof. Sylviane Granger, University of Louvain
	Dr. Susan Hunston, University of Birmingham
	Dott.ssa Silvia Bernardini, University of Forl�
	Dr. Pernilla Danielsson, University of Birmingham
	Prof.ssa Elena Tognini Bonelli, University of Lecce
	Prof. John Sinclair, The Tuscan Word Centre
	
	Topics include:
	
	Learner Corpora: design, analysis and applications
	Annotation, part-of-speech tagging and error tagging
	Pedagogical and NLP applications
	
	The use of corpus evidence
	Phraseology, pattern, and meaning
	Corpus evidence applied to a text
	Paradigm and syntagm in language
	Technology serves pedagogic needs?
	
	Corpora in the classroom:
	- in the acquisition of new languages
	- in the training of translators
	data-driven learning
	meaning-focused learning tasks
	
	Corpus, text and discourse in LSP
	Discourse of subject areas:
	Monolingual economics
	Bilingual - tourism.
	
	Software for corpus access and analysis
	Parallel corpora
	Annotation, phrase building
	Text-oriented programming
	
	New priorities in theory
	Facts and observation
	The sheltered classroom and the big wide world
	
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	,,,,,,	,,,,,,,
	For further information about the course, about TWC,
	its superb location and facilities, refer to the website
	http://www.twc.it
	or send an e-mail to mailto:coursestwc.it
	
	The overall cost of this course, including participation, 
	accommodation,
	all meals and local transport is 1500 euros.
	There is a strict limit on the number of places, so please apply early.
	
	
	John Sinclair
	The Tuscan Word Centre
	Vellano 409
	51010 Pescia (PT)
	Italia
	
	Telephone: +39 (0)572 409251
		Fax:	 409253
	 Office:	 409900
	
	web page http://www.twc.it
	
	
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