LINGUIST List 13.777

Sat Mar 23 2002

FYI: M. Gross Festschrift, Summer School, New Corpus

Editor for this issue: Marie Klopfenstein <>


  1. Laurence Danlos, Journ�es d'hommage � Maurice Gross
  2. Holmer Hemsen, ELSNET summer school 2002
  3. LDC Office, New Corpus from the LDC

Message 1: Journ�es d'hommage � Maurice Gross

Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 15:58:46 +0100
From: Laurence Danlos <>
Subject: Journ�es d'hommage � Maurice Gross

Cher(e) coll�gue,

Maurice Gross nous a quitt�s le 8 d�cembre dernier.
Il a marqu� le monde de la linguistique pendant plusieurs
d�cennies et nous sommes nombreux � �prouver le besoin de
nous r�unir pour parler de sujets li�s � sa vie et � son oeuvre.

Nous avons donc organis� deux journ�es en hommage � Maurice qui 
auront lieu le 3 et 4 Juin au Minist�re de la Recherche � Paris. Les 
informations sur ces journ�es se trouvent sur l'URL Cete page web sera 
r�guli�rement mise � jour.
Nous serons tr�s heureux de vous compter parmi nous.

Bien cordialement,

Laurence Danlos <>
Gaston Gross <>
Eric Laporte <>

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Message 2: ELSNET summer school 2002

Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 17:29:25 +0100
From: Holmer Hemsen <>
Subject: ELSNET summer school 2002


 Evaluation and Assessment of Text and Speech Systems
 Odense, Denmark
 15-26 July 2002
Organized by the Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory (NISLab)
 University of Southern Denmark.

The ELSNET European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication
has become one of the most successful annual training courses in
Europe. For the year 2002 the topic of evaluation and assessment of
text and speech systems has been selected. The school will provide
courses on evaluation of language, speech, and multimodal systems and
components, and on the use of corpora and annotation schemes, methods
and tools in the evaluation process. State of the art techniques and
tools (hands-on experience included) will be presented by eminent
teachers. The target audience of the Summer School are advanced
undergraduate students, PhD students, postdocs and academic and
industrial researchers and developers.

GRANTS will be available from the EU Improving Human Potential
programme and may cover a substantial part of total costs for young
European researchers. The ISCA grant scheme is open for applications
related to this summer school.


Wolfgang Minker (DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany):
 Evaluation of spoken language dialogue systems.
Lecturer to be announced:
 Speech recognition evaluation: broadcast news transcribtion, meeting
 transcription, audio-visual speech recognition.
Lecturer to be announced:
 Evaluation of question/answering systems, summarization systems and
 information retrieval systems.
Maghi King (ISSCO, Switzerland):
 Evaluation of machine translation systems.
Laurent Romary (Loria, France):
 Annotation and evaluation of text and speech systems.
Bj�rn Granstr�m and David House (KTH, Sweden):
 Evaluation of talking animated interface agents.
Christopher Cieri (LDC, USA):
 Resources and evaluation of text and speech systems.
Patrick Paroubek (LIMSI, France):
 Evaluation of part of speech tagging and of parsing technologies.

Klaus Failenschmid (SpeechWorks):
 Usability evaluation.
Nick Campbell (ATR, Japan)
 Evaluation of speech synthesis systems.


Deadline for pre-registration & grant application: April 15, 2002
Notification of registration and grants: May 1, 2002
Payment deadline: June 1, 2002


Joseph-Jean Mariani (LIMSI, FR)
Antonio Zampolli (University of Pisa, IT)
Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University, NL)
Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen, NO)
Niels Ole Bernsen (University of Southern Denmark, DK)


Holmer Hemsen
Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory (NIS)
University of Southern Denmark - Odense
Forskerparken 10
DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
Phone: (+45) 63 15 73 08 -- Fax: (+45) 63 15 72 24
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Message 3: New Corpus from the LDC

Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 14:28:04 -0500
From: LDC Office <>
Subject: New Corpus from the LDC

 * Switchboard-2 Phase III Audio *

The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is pleased to announce the
availability of the Switchboard-2 Phase III Audio. This twenty CD-ROM
publication contains audio speech data suitable for research,
development, and evaluation of automatic systems in:

speech-to-text conversion
talker identification
language identification 
speech signal detection

The Switchboard-2 Phase III collection focused primarily on the American
South. The project's goal was to target native speakers of
English in the American South, balanced by gender, to participate in
(10+) 5-6 minute conversations on a variety of telephone (land line)
handsets. The LDC collected a total of 2,657 calls, or 5,314 sides, from
640 participants (292 Male, 348 Female), under varied environmental

The Switchboard-2 Phase III Audio release contains speech data files
only, along with documentation describing speaker information, call
information, and audit information. The data files are not compressed.

For further information, please visit:

Institutions that have membership in the LDC during the 2002 Membership
Year will be able to receive this corpus free of charge. 
Nonmembers may purchase this publication for $4000. 


If you need additional information before placing your order, or would
like to inquire about membership in the LDC, please send email to
<> or call (215) 573-1275.

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