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LINGUIST List 17.1245

Tue Apr 25 2006

Qs: (Volunteers)Multiword Units; Lang and Technology

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        1.    Helene Stengers, Call for Volunteers-Multiword Units Experiment
        2.    Terence Fitzgerald, Language and Technology Questionnaire

Message 1: Call for Volunteers-Multiword Units Experiment
Date: 24-Apr-2006
From: Helene Stengers <helene.stengersvub.ac.be>
Subject: Call for Volunteers-Multiword Units Experiment

Dear colleagues and/or readers of this message,

I am a research assistant at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where I am
preparing my PhD on English and Spanish phraseology (multiword units) in
Foreign Language Teaching.

I am making headway with my research project, but I now need the help of
English or Spanish native speakers and/or EFL or SFL (ELE) teachers. I have
''built'' ''matched'' (in terms of speakers and topic) audio corpora in
both English and Spanish. For each language, the corpus currently consists
of one hour of audio material consisting of interview fragments on all
kinds of topics (taken mainly from BBC Radio 4, and BBCMundo and Cadena
Ser). I am looking for people to simply listen to the interviews and write
down every 'multiword unit' they hear along the way (I would of course
explain to you what I mean exactly by multiword unit). Any help would be
greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Helene Stengers

For any question or for more information, please contact me at

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Spanish (spa)

Message 2: Language and Technology Questionnaire
Date: 22-Apr-2006
From: Terence Fitzgerald <tfitzgerpratt.edu>
Subject: Language and Technology Questionnaire

I am Terence Fitzgerald, a graduate student in Pratt Institute’s School of
Information and Library Science.

My academic work focuses on human-computer interaction, particularly the
ways in which, as Marshall McLuhan wrote, “We shape our tools and
thereafter our tools shape us.” Currently, I am examining technology’s
effects on people’s relationship with language. Specifically, I question
whether technology is transforming that relationship in ways never seen
before—or simply causing them to revert to existing behaviors.

As part of my work I have constructed a brief questionaire for
lexicographers and linguists. The responses I compile will be used to
inform future projects. If you are willing to answer the questionnaire,
please reply to me off list at tfitzgerpratt.edu.


Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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