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Mon 11 Apr 1994

FYI: World Wide Web speaks Mambila, Electronic Preprint Server

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Message 1: World Wide Web speaks Mambila

Date: Mon, 4 Apr 1994 05:37:34 +0000
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Subject: World Wide Web speaks Mambila

A version of a Mambila transcript with digitized recordings has now been
prepared for World Wide Web and hence is accessible to those using a wide
variety of machines.

The document in question is an electronic version of the transcript
included (pp 213-215) in my paper that has appeared in the anthropology
journal Man in 1993. This version, includes digitised sound recordings of
the talk transcribed in the text. The purpose of doing this is to make
more of my data available. I trust that this will be of interest to
linguists as well as to anthropologists and others. In order to protect
the copyright of the RAI (the journal publishers) I am only making the
actual transcript available in this package. The full reference to the
article is: Zeitlyn, David 1993. Reconstructing kinship or the pragmatics
of kin talk. Man 28 (2), 199-224.

The files can be found at

The earlier version for users of Word 5 on Macintosh is available on the
RSL Gopher server in the directory


If you are using a gopher client, connect to, and look inside
the anthropology corner.

Comments on these files are welcome, especially reports from those who do
NOT succeed in accessing the sound files. With the considerable help and
encouragement of David Price from the Radcliffe Science Library these are
in a UNIX 'ulaw' format which we have succeeded in playing on unix machines
and on the Macintosh on which the files were processed. reports from those
on other platforms would be welcomed.

Dr David Zeitlyn,
British Academy Research Fellow,
University of Oxford,
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
51 Banbury Rd,
OX2 6PE,
Tel. 44-865-274685 FAX 44-865-274630
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Message 2: Computation and Language Electronic Preprint Server

Date: Sat, 9 Apr 94 13:29:01 EDT
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Subject: Computation and Language Electronic Preprint Server

Dear colleagues:

Increasingly, preprints of papers on topics relating to computation
and language are being distributed electronically over the Internet
and other networks connected to it, by email, anonymous FTP, and other
means, through informal mailing lists and ad hoc arrangements. In an
effort to promote and rationalize this burgeoning mode of information
exchange, we have set up a fully automated electronic archive with
email, ftp, and WWW/Mosaic interfaces for papers on the topics of:

 o computational linguistics,
 o natural-language processing,
 o speech processing,
 o and related fields

The success of such a system depends on its being actively supported,
promoted, and used by the community. I hope that you will make your
own papers available through this service, and will encourage your
colleagues and students to do the same. In particular, I hope you

 o Retrieve a longer announcement message from the server,
 by sending a message to with subject
 `get announce.txt' and empty body.

 o Retrieve information about how to subscribe to and use the
 server, by sending a message to with
 subject `help' and empty body.

 o Subscribe to the server, so that you will automatically get
 regular listings of titles/authors/abstracts of papers
 submitted to the server.

 (I highly recommend subscribing, even if you expect to
 retrieve papers primarily through cmp-lg's WWW interface.
 Subscription means that you will be kept up to date on
 available papers without your having to remember to actively
 check for new papers. And the service will not stuff your
 mailbox; you will receive at most one message per day, and
 even that only on days new papers are submitted.)

 o Submit your own papers to the server, to make them widely and
 easily available to the community.

 ooo Most importantly, pass the word to your colleagues and
 students, either by forwarding this message to them, or
 sending them a personal note.

I realize that this message may leave you with many unanswered
questions about the functionality and operation of the cmp-lg archive
server. Many of these questions will be answered in the announcement
and help messages available as described above. However, if you have
any further questions (or just want to register an opinion about the
endeavor), please do not hesitate to contact me directly by reply
email, or send a message to with subject `comment'
and your comments and questions in the body of the message.

Thank you for your help in getting this project underway.

 Stuart Shieber
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