LINGUIST List 8.19

Thu Jan 16 1997

FYI: New Corpus, Scholarship, Conf List

Editor for this issue: T. Daniel Seely <>


  1. LDC Office, New Corpus from the Linguistic Data Consortium
  2. Weiping Wu, Zhonghua Scholarship 1997 CORRECTION!
  3. Roy F. Cochrun, Conference List Update Delayed

Message 1: New Corpus from the Linguistic Data Consortium

Date: Wed, 08 Jan 1997 13:50:18 EST
From: LDC Office <>
Subject: New Corpus from the Linguistic Data Consortium

 Announcing a NEW RELEASE from the

		 European Language Newspaper Text

The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) announces the availability of a
European language text corpus. This corpus includes roughly 100
million words of French, 90 million words of German and 15 million
words of Portuguese.

The European Language Newspaper Text corpus is composed of news text
that has been marked using SGML. The text is taken from the
following sources:

1) Approximately 60 million words of text in French and German have
been made available from the Associated Press (AP) World Stream. AP
World Stream is a compilation of AP news reports produced in 86
bureaus in 68 countries.

The Associated Press Worldstream newswire service provides articles in
six languages, interleaved on a single data stream. The data is
collected via an Associated Press installed telephone line at the

2) Approximately 110 million words of text in French, German and
Portuguese have been made available from Agence France Presse. Each
language was supplied in separate data streams collected via a Dateno
MKII satellite receiver and associated equipment at the LDC.

3) Approximately 20 million words of text in German have been made
available from Deutsche Presse Agentur. The text is collected via an
AP Datafeatures telephone line installed at the Linguistic Data

4) A smaller part of the corpus comes from Le Monde newspaper. The Le
Monde data covers about 65 million words of French. It is quite
distinct from the AP and AFP materials in its markup approach, because
it has been prepared in compliance with the conventions of the Text
Encoding Initiative (TEI), rather than having been based on the model
of the TIPSTER collections, which were originally developed prior to
the establishment of the TEI conventions.

Because of restrictions imposed by the copyright holders of much of
the news text, this corpus is available to 1995 and 1996 LDC members
only. Members who wish to receive this corpus must sign the European
Language News Corpus User agreement. This agreement is available on
the Linguistic Data Consortium WWW Home Page at URL

If you would like to order a copy of this corpus, please email your
request to If you need additional information
before placing your order, or would like to inquire about membership
in the LDC, please send email or call (215) 898-0464.
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Message 2: Zhonghua Scholarship 1997 CORRECTION!

Date: Wed, 08 Jan 1997 11:04:14 -0500
From: Weiping Wu <>
Subject: Zhonghua Scholarship 1997 CORRECTION!

Thank you for the many responding messages and sorry for the
confusion. Yes, the deadline should be April 1, 1997, and not
1996, as many of you have guessed! As is the practice in the past
years, answers to general questions will appear at regular
intervals on the same LIST where you find the announcement.
Attached is a shorter version of the original announcement with
the correct dates.


the Cross-Culture Education Center of Washington (WCCEC), is open
to all native speakers of English who are interested in China and
the Chinese language. It is a one-year learning-by-doing
immersion program starting from September every year to July of
the following year.

* Travel expenses (round trip) from the U.S. departure point
 to the host institution in China;
* Medical insurance
* Room and board;
* A monthly stipend (1,500 RMB and up, about the salary of a
 full professor at the university in China);
* A 4 week paid vocation in winter for independent travel;
* A paid cultural tour at the end of the program.

recipients are required to participate in the one-week
Orientation Program, which is not covered by the scholarship.
Expenses from each participants include a $500 fee to defray
Orientation cost such as teacher honorarium and accommodation for
the participants, and a $70 fee for visa application and group
travel arrangements. WCCEC coordinates all travel arrangements so
that all recipients will depart for China at the same time.

APPLICATION AND DEADLINES: All application materials, including
the Application Form, resume, three letters of recommendation,
cover letter, and the application fee (US$50. payable to WCCEC)
should be sent by April 1st, 1997 (post marked or by fax) to the
following address:
 Dr. Weiping Wu, Program Director
 WCCEC, 9709 Kings Crown Court, #201
 Fairfax, VA 22031, U.S.A.

P.S. Applicants in Australia and New Zealand should send their
applications to Dr. Beverly Hong-Fincher, Australian National
University, Canberra, ACT, 0200. (Fax: 616-2493144)
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Message 3: Conference List Update Delayed

Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 20:22:31 -0500 (EST)
From: Roy F. Cochrun <>
Subject: Conference List Update Delayed

The conference list maintained at URL will not be updated until I
return from a business trip later this month. I do apologize. I had
thought that I would update it for the New Year, but that just was not
to be. In the meantime, any new conferences or changes to the present
list, please forward them to me at, and I will get
the list updated in due course.

 --Roy Cochrun
Roy's Russian Resource:
Language Conferences:
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