LINGUIST List 3.626

Thu 13 Aug 1992

FYI: New Journal; Oxford Text Archive

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  1. Dana Paramskas, New Journal: Computer Assisted Language Learning
  2. Oxford Text Archive, Oxford Text Archive: new catalogue available

Message 1: New Journal: Computer Assisted Language Learning

Date: Wed, 12 Aug 92 00:37:31 EDNew Journal: Computer Assisted Language Learning
From: Dana Paramskas <>
Subject: New Journal: Computer Assisted Language Learning

 An International Journal
 Editorial Board

 General Editor:
 Keith Cameron (Exeter)

 Associate Editors:
 Jeremy Fox (East Anglia) Henry Hamburger (George Mason, Virginia)
 Masoud Yazdani (Exeter)

 Advisory Board:
 Gordon Burgess (Aberdeen)
 Stephano Cerri (Milan)
 Francoise Demaiziere (CNEAO, Paris)
 Brian Farrington (Aberdeen)
 Ralph Ginsberg (Pennsylvania)
 Gerard Kempen (Nijmegen)
 Rex Last (Dundee)
 Dana Paramskas (Guelph)
 German Ruiperez (Madrid)
 Camilla Schwind (Marseille)
 Dieter Wolff (Duesseldorf)

 Over the last few years interest has been growing in Computer
 Assisted Language Learning (CALL). The role of the computer in
 the classroom is being investigated both from the pedagogical
 aspect and from the programmer's point of view. The `big dream'
 for some is the creation of an `Intelligent' Tutoring System
 (ITS), one that would incorporate the techniques of Artificial
 Intelligence (AI) and that would be flexible enough for the
 teacher of Modern Languages to use without a specialist knowledge
 of computing.

 Until an Artificial Intelligent machine has been perfected,
 however, there is a need to explore other techniques as well and
 to test them in learning situations. It has become apparent from
 conferences we have organised at Exeter, and elsewhere, and from
 correspondence with colleagues at home and overseas, that it is
 essential that there be an easily accessible means of information
 distribution about current research and its findings.

 To facilitate an interchange of ideas and knowledge, we have
 decided to create a new periodical which will be devoted to all
 aspects of CALL : e.g.

 Pedagogical principles and their application to CALL
 Observations on, and evaluation of, commercial and proto-
 type software
 Intelligent Tutoring Systems
 Use of CALL with other forms of Educational Technology,
 in particular conventional, interactive, and digitised
 of Video and Audio.

 Application of AI to language teaching
 A Forum where information relative to CALL users can be

 The first number was published in 1990 by Intellect Books, Suite 2,
 108/110 London Road, Oxford, OX3 9AW, U.K., to whom subscription
 requests (Personal 30 pounds sterling, Institutional 60 pounds sterling)
 should be addressed. Sole distributors outside Europe are: Ablex
 Publishing Corporation, 355 Chestnut Street, New Jersey 07648, U.S.A.

 Researchers into any field of CALL are invited to submit articles.
 Details of forthcoming conferences or points to be raised in the
 Forum section should be sent to :
 Dr Keith Cameron (General Editor),
 Computer Assisted Language Learning,
 Queen's Building,
 The University,
 or by e/mail to : <CAMERON -at UK.AC.EXETER> or<CAMERONEXETER.AC.UK>
 (from outside U.K.).

 Volume 5 Parts 1-2 will appear shortly:


Editorial: Keith Cameron p.1

HyperCard and The Development of Translation and
Vocabulary Skills
 John H. Gillespie & Bill Gray p..3

Going AI. Foundations of ICALL: Clive Matthews p.13

A Hypertextual Approach to Teaching French
Business Correspondence: Ian M. Richmond p.33

Keep Smiling! The Happy Hypertext
 Michelangelo Conoscenti p.41

An Evaluation of Grammar-Checking Programs as
Self-Help Learning Aids for Learners of English as
a Foreign Language: Philip Bolt p.49

Computer-Mediated Language Learning Environments
Prolegomenon to a Research Framework
 David Crookall, Wells Coleman & Rebecca Oxford p.93

FORUM p.121
REVIEW p.123

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Message 2: Oxford Text Archive: new catalogue available

Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1992 14:22:16 Oxford Text Archive: new catalogue available
From: Oxford Text Archive <>
Subject: Oxford Text Archive: new catalogue available

A new version of the Oxford Text Archive's Shortlist is now available,
from the usual sources (details at the end of this message). A few
copies of the last published catalogue (April 1992) are also still
available on request; we're not sure when we'll be reprinting again, as
it's now getting rather too expensive to print.

Since April of this year, we've acquired about 30 new texts. The text
number and brief details, including depositor's name and affiliation,
follow. We'd like to record our gratitude, on behalf of the scholarly
community, to those depositors who support the Archive by depositing
texts with us, and also those who take existing texts, enhance them and
then re-deposit them. We greatly appreciate their altruism, which
shines 'like a good deed in a naughty world' even though we may not
always get the time to say so!

Lou Burnard
Alan Morrison


1. Newly deposited texts:

 1696: Joyce, Finnegans wake (Donald Theall, Trent Univ)
 1699: Treaty on European Union: Maastricht, February 1992).
 (David Pollard Publishing)
 1700: Serbo-Croatian text corpus (Henning Moerk, Aarhus Univ.)
 1681: Selected Harley lyrics, ed Brooks (John Price-Wilkin, Michigan)
 1683: Octovian (John Price-Wilkin, Michigan)
 1690: Pope, Rape of the lock (Hugh Robertson, Huddersfield)
 1703: Wordlists derived from the CHILDES database
 (Jane Edwards, Berkeley)

 Plus the following new titles from Project Gutenberg:

 1697: Hawthorne, The scarlet letter
 1692: Sophocles (translations), Oedipus trilogy
 1695: Gilman, Herland
 1701-2: Wells, War of the Worlds; The time machine

2. New versions of existing texts

 1691: The King James Bible (Andrews, Saskatchewan)
 1704: Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads (Bear, Oregon)
 52: Malamud, The Assistant (Peter Gilliver, OED)

 Plus the following titles, all reformatted using an SGML-like
 encoding by John Price-Wilkin at Michigan:

 1694: The works of Mr William Shakespeare (1623)
 1675: Alliterative Morte Arthure
 1676: Anthology of Chancery English
 1677: Gower, Confessio amantis
 1678: Chaucer, Canterbury tales
 1679: Everyman
 1680: Sir Gawayne and the grene knyght
 1682: Layamon,Brut
 1684: Owl and the nightingale
 1685: Paston family, Letters and papers of the 15th century vol 1 only
 1686: Pearl
 1687: Langland, The vision of Piers Plowman (B text)
 1688: The siege of Jerusalem
 1689: Chaucer,Troilus & Criseyde
 1693: Michigan early modern English materials


1. By FTP

You must have an account on a machine which is connected to the Internet
to use this method. If you do, type
at it. If it gives an unhelpful response, try
instead. If all is well, it will reply
 Connected to ... (blah blah blah)
You will be prompted to supply a Name. Enter
You will prompted for a password. At this point you can type 'strawberry
jam' or whatever you like; we'd be grateful if you just typed in your
real e-mail address. It will say
Guest login ok: access restrictions apply.

You are now talking to the standard File Transfer Protocol program. You
can do a variety of things, which your local computer support people can
explain to you a lot better than I. For the purposes of illustration
however, let's assume you want to (a) check what is currently available
(b) obtain a copy of the current shortlist from the Archive.

To do (a), you should type
 cd /ota (this selects the Text Archive directory
 ls (this lists all the filenames and directories there
 ls -l (this does the same thing, but with an embarassing wealth of
 (detail about their sizes, access permissions etc.

To do (b), you should type
 cd /ota (this selects the Text Archive directory
 get textarchive.list
 (this requests a copy of the formatted version
 (of the OTA snapshot. It will be transferred then and there
 (to a file of the same or similar name on your machine.
 get textarchive.list
 (this does the same thing, but renames the file as ''

Other useful files: : general information about the Archive
 textarchive.sgml : same information as in textarchive.list, but in SGML
 textarchive.form : order form (also included in

When you've finished, remember to type
to return to your own machine.

2. By request from the Humanist ListServer

 Send a mail message to, containing the
 GET OTALIST SGML (for the SGML version)
 GET OTALIST LIST (for the formatted version)

3. By request

 You can send us email requests to either of the following addresses,
and we'll do our best to reply within 24 hours -- holidays and other
committments permitting.


Oxford Text Archive
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN, UK
tel. +44 (865) 273238
fax +44 (865) 273275
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