LINGUIST List 8.358

Thu Mar 13 1997

FYI: Applied Lx, Corpus, Pronunciation

Editor for this issue: T. Daniel Seely <>


  1. Peter White, Applied Ling Assoc of Australia
  2. Ann Copestake, British National Corpus access outside the EU
  3. Martin Eayrs, "The teaching of Pronunciation"

Message 1: Applied Ling Assoc of Australia

Date: Fri, 7 Mar 1997 11:39:03 +1000 (EST)
From: Peter White <>
Subject: Applied Ling Assoc of Australia

The Web page for the forthcoming ALAA '97 Congress is now available at

Peter White
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Message 2: British National Corpus access outside the EU

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 12:06:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Ann Copestake <aaccsli.Stanford.EDU>
Subject: British National Corpus access outside the EU

The following message from Claire Warwick is a request for input to
support making the British National Corpus (BNC) available to
researchers outside the European Union. It was posted to a corpora
mailing list - I am reposting it here (with Claire's permission),
because I suspect there will be readers of Linguist who would like to use
the BNC but are not currently able to do so. Please note, the
meeting referred to is to be held on March 19th, and Claire would like
to circulate papers beforehand, so email messages to her should be sent
soon (short messages are fine). Please email her directly, at the
address below.

(For those who don't know about the BNC: it's a 100 million
word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide
range of sources, designed to represent a wide cross-section of current
British English, both spoken and written. It has been annotated with 
part of speech tags. It is currently freely available within the EU
for research purposes. For details see

Ann Copestake

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Dear Colleagues,

You may be aware that at the moment we are not authorised to make copies of the
British National Corpus for use outside the EU. This is because the BNC is the
product of a consortium involving both industrial and academic partners and we
can only act where consensus has been reached by all partners. Consensus has
not yet been reached on the matter of extending access of the corpus beyond the
However, we are having a meeting to discuss this issue in mid March (the exact 
date is still to be decided), and we (at Oxford University) are trying to 
gather together as many pieces of evidence to suggest that there is a wider 
need for the BNC as we can. If you think that access to the BNC should be 
widened, we would be very grateful if you could write to us and outline the 
reasons why you believe this is important. 
We hope that by presenting a collection of such emails or letters we may be 
able to persuade the commercial members of the consortium to widen access to 
the Corpus. The more reasonable argument we can muster, the stronger we can 
make our case.
Best wishes,
 Dr Claire Warwick phone 01865 273280
 Resource Development Officer Fax 01865 273275
 British National Corpus
 Oxford University Computing Services email BNC:
 13 Banbury Road
 Oxford OX2 6NN 
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Message 3: "The teaching of Pronunciation"

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 02:07:07 +0000
From: Martin Eayrs <>
Subject: "The teaching of Pronunciation"


We invite authors to submit articles on the theme of 'The teaching
of pronunciation' for publication in a special feature supplement to
be published in South America in June 1996.

Send an email with the header "Pron. Supp. Info. Pls" or something
similar and we will send you details of our publication and what
kind of articles we are looking for.

ELT News and Views is a publication for teachers of English in the
Southern Cone of South America. Our aim is to provide teachers of
English, administrators and others professionally involved in the
English language with news, information and informed articles on
language and methodology that will be of use to them in their work.

ELT News & Views
Uruguay 782-3 --------------------
(1015) Capital Federal Tel: (54) 1 371-7705
Buenos Aires Fax: (54) 1 375-3944
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Martin Eayrs <>
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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