LINGUIST List 7.397

Thu Mar 14 1996

Confs: Language Rights, TEI Workshop

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  1. Phil Benson, Language Rights Conference
  2. Nancy Ide, TEI Workshop at DL96

Message 1: Language Rights Conference

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 15:11:40 +0800
From: Phil Benson <>
Subject: Language Rights Conference

* Last call for reduced rate registration *

June 22-24, 1996 at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Organised by the Department of English, Hong Kong Polytechnic University in
association with a programme committee based at the Department of Languages
and Culture, Roskilde University, Denmark.
* Plenary speakers *

E. Annamalai, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Language rights and language choice

Florian Coulmas, Chuo University, Japan
Language rights: state, group, individual

Alastair Pennycook, University of Melbourne, Australia
The right to do language

Robert Phillipson, Roskilde University, Denmark
Linguistic imperialism or linguistic human rights?

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Roskilde University, Denmark
Human rights and language wrongs

* Other invited speakers *

Martin Baik & Rosa Shim, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Language rights of dialect speakers

Albert Chen, Hong Kong University
Language rights and international law

Jean D'souza, Pune, India
Language, education and the rights of the child

Robyn Kilpatrick, Amnesty International Hong Kong Language rights and
human rights _____________________________________________ The aim of
the conference is to discuss the meaning and implementation of
language rights in Asia and worldwide. Major areas of discussion will

Language and human rights
Language dominance
Minority language rights
Language rights under the law
Language rights in discourse and representation Mother-tongue and
bilingual education
Language rights in Hong Kong and Asia

The conference will consist of a mixture individual paper
presentations and thematic symposia.
* Registration *

Before 31st March: 100 US dollars or 750 HK dollars
After 31st March: 120 US dollars or 900 HK dollars
(Students half-price)

Cheques / Bank drafts to "The Hong Kong Polytechnic University"

Inquiries and completed registration forms to Peter Grundy, Department
of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

Fax: (0852) 2333 6569

Up-to-date information on the conference, including a list of papers
to be presented and registration form is available on World Wide Web
at <>;.

The Language Rights conference immediately follows the Knowledge and
Discourse Conference to be held at Hong Kong University, June
18-21. Further details from <> or

Phil Benson
English Centre
Hong Kong University
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong

Fax: (852) 2547 3409

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Message 2: TEI Workshop at DL96

Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 13:28:36 GMT
From: Nancy Ide <>
Subject: TEI Workshop at DL96
 * W O R K S H O P *

 The Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines
 and Their Application to Building Digitial Libraries

 March 23, 1996
 9:30am - 3:30pm

 Nancy Ide
 Vassar College, USA and CNRS, France
 Judith Klavans
 Columbia University, USA

 Held in conjunction with
 March 20-23, 1996
 Hyatt Regency
 Bethesda, Maryland USA

 P R O G R A M

9:30 - 10:15 Overview of the TEI
 Nancy Ide and Judith Klavans, TEI Steering Committee
10:15 - 10:45 The TEI in the Perseus Project
 David A. Smith, Perseus project, Tufts University
10:45 - 11:15 How will library cataloging relate to TEI documents? Issues
 on USMARC and TEI
 Steven Davis, Columbia University 
11:15 - 11:45 TEI and the American Memory Projectat the Library of
		Congress Debbie Lapeyre and Tommie Usdin, Atlis
11:45 - 12:15 Encoding two large Spanish corpora with the TEI scheme:
 Design and technical aspects of textual markup
 Marta Pino, Instituto de Lexicografia, Real Academia 

12:15 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 The Model Editions Partnership: Creating Editions of 
		Historical Documents for the Internet
 David Chesnutt and Michael Sperberg-McQueen, Model 
		Editions Project
1:30 - 2:00 Creating DTDs via Fred
 Keith Shafer, OCLC Online Computer Library Center
2:00 - 2:30 Some Problems of TEI Markup and Early Printed Books
 Julia Flanders, Brown University Women Writers Project
2:30 - 3:00 TEI and the National Digital Library Program
 LeeEllen Friedland, National Digital Library Program,
		Library of Congress
3:00 - 3:30 Suggestions for the future development of the TEI 

 | This announcement with links to papers, etc. is available on the |
 | World Wide Web at <>; |

 D E S C R I P T I O N

The Text Encoding Initiative's Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding
and Interchange of Machine-Readable Texts were published in May 1994,
after six years of development within the academic and research
communities. The SGML-based Guidelines provide standardized encoding
conventions for a large range of text types and features relevant for
a broad range of applications, including natural language processing,
information retrieval, hypertext, electronic publishing, various forms
of literary and historical analysis, lexicography, etc. The Guidelines
are intended to apply to texts, written or spoken, in any natural
language, of any date, in any genre or text type, without restriction
on form or content. They treat both continuous materials (running
text) and discontinuous materials such as dictionaries and linguistic
corpora. As such, the TEI Guidelines offer the best encoding solution
currently available for the development of digital libraries, where
varied and complex texts must be stored and manipulated in ways that
answer a wide variety of user needs, and where the linkage of
multi-media is essential.

The TEI provides encoding conventions for describing the physical and
logical structure of many classes of texts, as well as features
particular to a given text type or not conventionally represented in
typography. The TEI Guidelines also cover common text encoding
problems, including intra- and inter-textual cross reference,
demarcation of arbitrary text segments, alignment of parallel
elements, overlapping hierarchies, etc. In addition, they provide
conventions for linking texts to acoustic and visual data. The TEI's
specific achievements include:

o the specification of restrictions on and recommendations for SGML use
 that enables maximal generality and flexibility in order to serve
 the widest possible range of research, development, and application

o analysis and identification of categories and features for encoding
 textual data, at many levels of detail;

o specification of a set of general text structure definitions that is
 effective, flexible, and extensible;

o specification of a method for in-file documentation of electronic
 texts compatible with library cataloging conventions, which can be
 used to trace the history of the texts and thus assist in
 authenticating their provenance and the modifications they have
 undergone--this is especially valuable for the development of digital

o specification of encoding conventions for special kinds of texts or
 text features, including: character sets, language corpora, general
 linguistics, dictionaries, terminological data, spoken texts,
 hypermedia, literary prose, verse, drama, historical source materials,
 and text critical apparatus.

The Guidelines also provide an extensible and flexible Document Type
Definition (DTD) framework for text encoding, containing a common core
of features, a choice of frameworks or bases, and a wide variety of
optional additions for specific applications or text types. In
addition, the TEI Guidelines offer the possibility to encode many
different views of a text, simultaneously if necessary, which is of
critical interest for building digital libraries, where different
users may view the same text in many different ways (physical object,
logical structure, rhetorical object, linguistic object, etc.).

Theme and Goals of the Workshop
- -----------------------------

Extensive application of the Guidelines began in a large-scale way
since their release in spring of 1994. Numerous projects in North
America and Europe have recently adopted the Guidelines for a wide
variety of applications. The work of the TEI is now to evaluate,
modify and extend the Guidelines in response to user experience and

This workshop provides a forum for technical discussion and evaluation
of the TEI Guidelines, as they have so far been implemented in real
applications, particularly those which have relevance for building
digital libraries. The topics include but are not limited to:

o detailed description of application of the Guidelines, with
 particular emphasis on interesting problems and (TEI or non-TEI)

o handling unusual or complex text types, or text types not treated in
 the Guidelines

o handling multi-media with the Guidelines

o evaluation of the TEI DTD architecture, element and entity classes,

o encoding multiple views or information types

o proposals for extension of the TEI Guidelines

o data architectures (e.g., multiple linked files, etc.) for storing
 complex documents

A second focus of the workshop is the refinement and/or adaptation of
the TEI Guidelines for particular text types and/or
applications. Because it aims at maximal generality, the TEI
necessarily takes its encoding solutions to the highest possible level
of abstraction. In addition, the TEI often provides multiple options
for encoding the same phenomenon. The need to provide mechanisms which
are maximally general and flexible is at times at odds with the
provision of mechanisms which are most efficient and/or effective for
a specific application or intended use. To develop an encoding
standard specifically suited to a given application, it is desirable
to choose from among various encoding options the method that is
optimal in the light of intended use. It may also be advantageous to
refine or delimit TEI solutions which are over-general for the needs
of a given application.

In sum, the overall goals of the workshop are (1) to generate a
technical discussion on the applicability of the TEI Guidelines for
building digital libraries, and (2) to provide a forum for a broad
assessment of encoding needs for building digital libraries, in order
to obtain a clearer idea of what these needs are, and, if applicable,
the directions in which the development of the TEI Guidelines and
surrounding activities should go to accomodate them.
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