LINGUIST List 8.1675

Mon Nov 24 1997

FYI: E. Asian Lang, ELRA Resources, AutolexicaList

Editor for this issue: Martin Jacobsen <martylinguistlist.org>


Directory

  1. Judson Murray, E. Asian Lang. Courses and Lang. Teacher Training Course
  2. Valerie Mapelli, ELRA new resources
  3. Chris Corcoran, AutolexicaList Electronic List

Message 1: E. Asian Lang. Courses and Lang. Teacher Training Course

Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 16:41:18 -0500
From: Judson Murray <murray.45osu.edu>
Subject: E. Asian Lang. Courses and Lang. Teacher Training Course


The Ohio State University, Summer Programs East Asian Concentration
(SPEAC): Training Program for Teachers of Japanese and Intensive
Chinese and Japanese Language Programs

The Ohio State University Department of East Asian Languages and
Literatures, in conjunction with the OSU National Foreign Language
Resource Center, is offering intensive summer programs for teachers of
Japanese and learners of Chinese and Japanese during the summer of
1998. The Training Program for Teachers of Japanese is an intensive
seven-week (June 22 - August 7) training program which develops
participants' Japanese teaching skills through lectures, master
classes, workshops, and hands-on teaching. Professor Mari Noda of The
Ohio State University, co-author of Japanese: The Spoken Language, is
director of the Training Program for Teachers of Japanese. The
ten-week (June 22 - August 28) intensive Chinese (Levels I and IV) and
Japanese (Levels I, II, and IV) language programs allow learners of
Chinese and Japanese to complete one level of language study during
the summer quarter. Applicants who submit their application materials
prior to March 13, 1998 will receive priority consideration for
admission and fellowships. The final deadline is April 6, 1998.

For more information and/or an application, please contact Judson
Murray, SPEAC Coordinator, Foreign Language Center, The Ohio State
University, 276 Dieter Cunz Hall, 1841 Millikin Rd., Columbus, OH
43210, tel: 614-292-4361, fax: 614-292-2682, e-mail:
murray.45osu.edu, or e-mail Mari Noda, Director of SPEAC at
noda.1osu.edu. Please visit us on the web:
http://deall.ohio-state.edu/SPEAC/
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Message 2: ELRA new resources

Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 18:56:22 +0100 (MET)
From: Valerie Mapelli <info-elracalva.net>
Subject: ELRA new resources


 EUROPEAN LANGUAGE RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
 ELRA News 
 =====================================



 *** ANNOUCEMENT OF NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE FROM ELRA ***

ELRA is happy to announce the update of its catalogue of Language
Resources for Language Engineering and Research.


 *************************************
 * ELRA-S0034 Verbmobil *
 *************************************

This resource consists of spontaneous speech recorded in a dialog task
(appointment scheduling). The German corpus has a total of 13,910
utterances (turns). The BAS edition of the German part is fully
labelled and segmented into phonemic/phonetic SAM-PA by the MAUS
system and partly segmented manually.

New corpora available via ELRA (for the complete list, please contact
ELRA or visit ELRA or BAS Web sites):

VM CD 4.0 - VM40 (1 CD-ROM, original edition) 72 Dialogues, 181
Appointments, 1,588 Turns.

VM CD 4.1 - VM41 (1 CD-ROM, new edition) 72 Dialogues 181 Appointments
1,588 Turns

This new edition contains the transliterations of all dialogues,
signal files with PhonDat 2 Header structure, software and speaker
documentation and partitur files*. All files were evaluated according
to BAS guidelines.

VM CD 5.0 - VM50 (1 CD-ROM, original edition) 101 Dialogues, 256
Appointments, 2,154 Turns.

VM CD 5.1 - VM51 (1 CD-ROM, new edition) 101 Dialogues, 256
Appointments 2,154 Turns.

This new edition contains the transliterations of all dialogues,
signal files with PhonDat 2 Header structure, software and speaker
documentation and partitur files*. All files were evaluated according
to BAS guidelines.

VM CD 6.0 - VM60 (1 CD-ROM, original edition) American/English and
'Denglish'**. 146 Dialogues, 191 Appointments, 1,828 Turns.

VM CD 6.1 - VM61 (1 CD-ROM, new edition) American/English and
'Denglish'**. 146 Dialogues, 191 Appointments 1,828 Turns. This new
edition contains the transliterations of all dialogues, signal files
with PhonDat 1 Header structure, software and speaker
documentation. All files were evaluated according to BAS guidelines.

VM CD 7.0 - VM70 (1 CD-ROM, original edition) 68 Dialogues, 238
Appointments, 1,739 Turns.

VM CD 7.1 - VM71 (1 CD-ROM, new edition) 68 Dialogues, 238
Appointments, 1,739 Turns. This new edition contains the
transliterations of all dialogues, signal files with PhonDat 2 Header
structure, software and speaker documentation and partitur files*. All
files were evaluated according to BAS guidelines.

VM CD 8.0 - VM80 (1 CD-ROM, original edition) American/English 167
Dialogues, 167 Appointments, 1,181 Turns.

VM CD 8.1 - VM81 (1 CD-ROM, new edition) American/English 167
Dialogues, 167 Appointments, 1,181 Turns. This new edition contains
the transliterations of all dialogues, signal files with PhonDat 1
Header structure, software and speaker documentation. All files were
evaluated according to BAS guidelines.

VM CD 12.0 - VM120 (1 CD-ROM, original edition) 207 Dialogues, 207
Appointments, 2,154 Turns.

VM CD 12.1 - VM121 (1 CD-ROM, new edition) 207 Dialogues, 207
Appointments, 2,154 Turns. This new edition contains the
transliterations of all dialogues, signal files with PhonDat 2 Header
structure, software and speaker documentation and partitur files*. All
files were evaluated according to BAS guidelines.

VM CD 13.0 - VM13.0 (original edition) American/English and
'Denglish'** - 90 speakers - 1714 turns - 200 spontaneous dialogues.

VM CD 13.1 - VM13.1 (new edition) American/English and 'Denglish'** -
90 speakers - 1714 turns - 200 spontaneous dialogues -
transliteration.

VM CD 14.0 - VM14.0 (original edition) 97 speakers - 1891 turns - 156
spontaneous dialogues - transliteration.

VM CD 14.1 - VM14.1 (new edition) 97 speakers - 1891 turns - 156
spontaneous dialogues - transliteration - PhonDat 2 headers - Partitur
Files*.

* partitur files : files describing the different parts which
constitute the corpus - word order, phrase order, etc. ** 'Denglish'
: English spoken by Germans.

 Price for ELRA members: 76 ECU per CD
 Price for non members: 152 ECU per CD

 ***********************************************
 * ELRA-S0044 SPINA Corpus ("Robots Commands") *
 ***********************************************

This German corpus contains read speech of 22 different speakers (6
male, 16 female). The corpus consists of 10 robot command sentences
and 62 robot command words. Each speaker reads the whole corpus 5
times, except one speaker who reads the sentence corpus 16 times and
the word corpus 51 times. The speakers were recorded at two different
sites in Germany (University of Goettingen, University of Bochum).
The corpus contains a total of 10,810 recorded utterances.

All speakers are within the age of 25-30. Two speakers are non-native
speakers. One file gives information about the speakers (speaker ID,
recording site, sex).

The task for the speaker was to read carefully but fluently. If an
error occurred, the recording was interrupted by the supervisor and
the sentence was repeated. The signal files are raw files without any
header, 16 bit per sample, linear, most significant byte first, 16 kHz
sample frequency.

The orthography of the corpus is given in two distinct files which 
contain the prompted words and the prompted sentences as an ordered 
list.

The recording conditions are as follows:

Microphone: AKG acoustics, C414B-TL, condensator microphone
omnidirectional, built-in attenuator and high pass filter switched
off, distance to mouth 50 cm. 
Environment: Studio Quality, echo cancelled room, about 121 qqm
Preamplifier: John Hardy, M-1
Sampling rate: 48 kHz to DAT recorder, filtered to 16 kHz
Resolution: 16 Bit, most significant byte first

The speech data were digitally filtered to 8 kHz cut-off frequency and
downsampled to 16 kHz.

The corpus consists of 1 volume, total size 266,361 KB uncompressed
data.

The signal of each utterance is stored in a separate file. Symbolic
information like segmentations or labelling (e.g. Phonological
Segmentation of words or Word Segmentation of sentences) are stored in
files with the same prefix but with different extensions.

 Price for ELRA members: 76 ECU
 Price for non members: 152 ECU

 ***********************************************************
 * ELRA-S0045 German Pronunciation Rules Set - PHONRUL 9.0 *
 ***********************************************************

PHONRUL is a collection of computer-readable underspecifying
pronunciation rules of standard German. This set describes the most
common known effects in German pronunciation if deviating from the
so-called canonic or citation form of words. The knowledge of this
rule set was derived from empirical analysis of speech corpora as well
as from a multitude of publications about German phonetics. The set
does not contain any dialect-specific rules, however the line between
Standard German and dialects is indistinct. Presently, this rule set
is used at the University of Munich to aid automatic segmentation and
labelling of unknown speech utterances.

The rule set, in its present form, consists of approximately 1,500
complex rules which expand to 5,546 simple replacement rules. The rule
set was designed for extended German SAM-PA, but can be translated
into other alphabets (e.g. Worldbet, IPA) without much effort.

 Price for ELRA members:
 o for research use: 76 ECU
 o for commercial use: 482 ECU
 Price for non members:
 o for research use: 152 ECU
 o for commercial use: 964 ECU


 ********************************************
 For more information, please contact:
 ELRA/ELDA
 87, Avenue d'Italie
 75013 PARIS
 Tel: +33 1 45 86 53 00
 Fax: +33 1 45 86 44 88
 E-mail: info-elracalva.net
 http://www.icp.grenet.fr/ELRA/home.html
 ********************************************
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Message 3: AutolexicaList Electronic List

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 01:04:59 -0600
From: Chris Corcoran <cmcorcormidway.uchicago.edu>
Subject: AutolexicaList Electronic List


This is to announce the creation of an electronic list for the
discussion of Autolexical Grammar. The list will discuss broad
theoretical issues as well as the nitty gritty of particular
autolexical analyses.

Autolexical syntax is a variety of non-transformational generative
grammar in which fully autonomous systems of rules characterize the
various dimensions of linguistic representation. These components, or
modules, are coordinated by means of the lexicon and a set of
interface principles that limit the degree of structural discrepancy
between the autonomous representations given by the various modular
grammars. The number, identity and content of the components remains
a matter of debate, but most studies in the framework have assumed at
least a syntactic module, a morphological module, and a semantic
module, and have assumed that each of these components is a context
free phrase structure grammar. There is neither movement nor deletion
in autolexical syntax, the effects of the former being modeled as
discrepancies of order or constituency between two autonomous
representations, and of the latter as the presence of an element in
one dimension to which there corresponds no element at some other
dimension.

The model has been employed to handle otherwise paradoxical mismatches
between morphological structure and syntax (viz. incorporation),
between morphophonological structure and syntax (viz. cliticization),
and lately between semantic structure and syntax to handle most of the
problems that originally motivated Transformational Grammar, but
without the need to invoke movement or deletion. The two most
important references are:

Sadock, Jerrold M., 1991, Autolexical Syntax: A Theory of Parallel
Grammatical Representations, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Schiller, Eric, Steinberg, Elisa, and Barbara Need,
eds. 1996. Autolexical Theory: Ideas and Methods. Berlin: Mouton de
Gruyter.

To subscribe to the list, send a message with no subject line to
Majordomolisthost.uchicago.edu with the following command in the body
of your email message:

 subscribe autolexical 

For non-computerized help with the list, contact Chris Corcoran
<cmcorcormidway.uchicago.edu> 
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