LINGUIST List 7.126

Sat Jan 27 1996

FYI: Center for Elec. Text in Humanities, Nostratic

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  1. Pamela Cohen, Center for Elec. Text in Humanities
  2. Fred Baube, A Debate About Nostratic

Message 1: Center for Elec. Text in Humanities

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 13:32:04 EST
From: Pamela Cohen <>
Subject: Center for Elec. Text in Humanities

An abbreviated version of the announcement of the Fifth Annual CETH
Summer Seminar follows. For more information go to, or Please direct any questions to:
Pamela Cohen / Library Associate / Center for Electronic Texts in the
Humanities / 169 College Avenue / New Brunswick NJ 08903 phone:
(908) 932-1384 / fax: (908) 932-1386 > This
message is being cross-posted.

Summer Seminar 1996 The Fifth Annual Summer Seminar on Methods and
Tools for Electronic Texts in the Humanities will be held at
Princeton University, New Jersey on July 14-26, 1996. The seminar is
organized by CETH. Seminar Directors: Susan Hockey, CETH >Willard
McCarty, Computing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University
of Toronto The Summer Seminar will address a wide range of
challenges and opportunities that electronic texts and software offer
to teachers, scholars and librarians in the humanities. The focus
will be practical and methodological, with the immediate aim of
assisting participants in their teaching, research, and advising. 
For the 1996 Seminar, there will be a maximum of sixty places. There
will be plenary sessions throughout and six parallel tracks devoted
to specific areas of humanities computing. Participants attend all
plenary sessions and select one parallel track for more detailed
study. The six parallel tracks will cover textual analysis,
TEI/SGML, scholarly editing, hypertext, tools for historical
analysis, and the design and planning of an electronic text center.
Each track will allow for intensive works on participants' own
projects, opportunities for both hands-on experience with current
software and extensive discussion. Throughout the Seminar, the
instructors will provide assistance with designing projects, locating
sources for texts and software, and solving practical problems.
Ample computing facilities will be available, in addition to a small
library of essential articles and books in humanities computing to
supplement printed seminar materials > >The Seminar is intended for
faculty, students, librarians, technical advisers, and academic
administrators with direct responsibilities for humanities computing
support. It assumes basic computing experience but not necessarily
with its application to academic research and teaching in the
humanities. Parallel Tracks 1. Textual Analysis An intensive
study of textual analysis tools and their applications. Indexed
interactive retrieval vs batch concordance generation. 
Instructors: Susan Hockey, Willard McCarty Susan Hockey is Director
of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities. Willard
McCarty holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of
Toronto and is a member of the newly formed Computing in the
Humanities and Social Sciences facility at the University of Toronto.
2. Text Encoding Initiative and SGML Understanding and using the
Text Encoding Initiative's application of the Standard Generalized
Markup Language (SGML). Instructor: C.M. Sperberg-McQueen
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen is Editor-in-Chief of the Text Encoding
Initiative.= 3. Scholarly Editing Computer tools for the
preparation and publication of scholarly editions. Instructor:
Peter Robinson Peter Robinson is Senior Research Fellow in the
Electronic Publishing Research Group at De Montfort University,
Milton Keynes, UK. 4. Hypertext for the Humanities An
introduction to developing hypertexts for the humanities. Building and
using HyperCard stacks and World Wide Web documents. Instructor:
Geoffrey Rockwell, Geoffrey Rockwell is the director of the Humanities
Computing Centre and an Assistant Professor of Humanities Computing
at McMaster University where he >teaches courses on humanities
computing and multimedia. 5. Tools for Historical Analysis >A
survey of the methods most frequently used by historians in their
>computer-aided teaching and research, focusing on database and
statistical >processing.

Instructor: Daniel Greenstein

Daniel Greenstein is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Glasgow
University, and is currently on secondment to King's College London
where he is Director of the Executive of the UK's Arts and Humanities
Data Service.

6. Setting up an Electronic Text Center The practical aspects of
setting up and managing electronic text centers.

Instructor: Anita Lowry

Anita Lowry is the Head of Information, Research, and Instructional
Services (IRIS) in the Main Library at the University of Iowa.

Dates: July 14-26, 1996

Cost: $1275. Nonstudents; $1075. Students

Fee includes tuition, use of computer facilities, printed seminar
materials, opening reception, lunches (Monday to Friday both weeks)
and a closing banquet. Payment is requested at the time of acceptance.

Location: Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey, was founded
in 1746 >and is the fourth oldest college in North America.

Accommodation: Accommodation is available in Princeton University
student housing facilities at a cost of $25 per day for bed and
breakfast. CETH will >assist participants in finding hotel
accommodations if preferred. Commercial >rates vary.

Application: Application requires two parts: a cover sheet and a
statement of >interest. Current students applying for the reduced rate
must also include a >photocopy of their valid student ID. E-mail
submissions must have the subject >line "Summer Seminar Application."

Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of members of
CETH's Governing Board.

The cover sheet must include the following information: your name
current institutional affiliation and your position postal and e-mail
addresses telephone and fax numbers natural language interest and
computing experience parallel tracks you are interested in attending,
listed in order of preference. You may indicate up to three parallel
tracks. If your first choice is full, you will be allocated to your
second choice and so on.

Your statement of interest should include: how your participation in
the seminar would be relevant for your teaching, research, advising,
or administrative work, and possibly that of your colleagues; what
particular project you would like to undertake during the seminar or
what area of the humanities you would like most to explore; and the
extent of your computing experience.

Application Deadline: March 15, 1996. Notification of acceptance by
April 17, 1996.
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Message 2: A Debate About Nostratic

Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 19:34:30 +0200
From: Fred Baube <>
Subject: A Debate About Nostratic
On December 13 and 14, Alan Bomhard and Alexis Ramer 
debated Nostratic on the Indoeuropean-L list.

With their permissions, I have organized the postings,
marked them up into HTML, and made it all available 
at the URL


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