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LINGUIST List 18.3106

Tue Oct 23 2007

Confs: Computational Ling, Ling & Literature,Text,Corpus Ling/UK

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        1.    Ylva Berglund Prytz, Large-scale XML Corpora in Language and Literature

Message 1: Large-scale XML Corpora in Language and Literature
Date: 23-Oct-2007
From: Ylva Berglund Prytz <natcorpoucs.ox.ac.uk>
Subject: Large-scale XML Corpora in Language and Literature
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Large-scale XML Corpora in Language and Literature

Date: 26-Nov-2007 - 26-Nov-2007
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Contact: Ylva Berglund Prytz
Contact Email: natcorpoucs.ox.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/workshop/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Text/Corpus

Meeting Description:

A free one-day workshop exploring the potential for large scale XML-encoded
language corpora and corpus-based methods in language pedagogy or literary

UsingLarge-scale XML Corpora in Language and Literature

When: Monday 26 November 2007, 9.30 - 5.30

Where: Oxford University Computing Services, UK.

Cost: The workshop is sponsored by the AHRC Methods Network and offered free of
charge, but the number of places is limited.

How to apply: To apply for a place, please fill in the form on the workshop
webpage http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/workshop/

Important dates: Applications must be received by midday on 5 November 2007. We
will notify all applicants before November 16.

About the workshop:

This one day workshop will introduce the technologies needed to unlock the
potential uses of large scale XML-encoded language corpora, with a particular
focus on the most recent version of the British National Corpus (BNC XML
Edition). Participants will learn how to explore this particular corpus using a
variety of generic XML tools, focusing on (but not limited to) XAIRA, a general
purpose software architecture for the linguistic analysis of large XML corpora.
They will explore the kinds of language learning activities and linguistic
analyses best supported by such tools, and discuss the usability of such tools
for fundamental linguistic and literary research in large text bases. The course
will have a strong practical component, and participants will be encouraged to
provide samples of their own textual materials to experiment with corpus
construction and analysis.

The workshop is aimed at two distinct groups of researcher. The first group
contains language or literature specialists who are aware of the potential for
corpus-based methods in language pedagogy or literary research and want to apply
them either with their own corpus material or with the BNC in its new format.
The second group contains technical specialists who are aware of the demand for
corpus resources and want to gain practical experience of using XML for corpus
creation, development, and usage. We hope to stimulate dialogue between the two
groups, and promote a shared understanding of common goals.

The Workshop will be taught by Lou Burnard and Ylva Berglund Prytz (Oxford),
together with Guy Aston (Forli).
Previous experience of corpus work or the BNC is not necessary.

For more information and to apply for a place, please visit the workshop
website: http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/workshop/.

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