LINGUIST List 8.972

Tue Jul 1 1997

Confs: Quantitative Ling,Endangered Languages

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  2. Nicholas Ostler, Endangered Languages Workshop


Date: Sat, 28 Jun 1997 06:56:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: alan harris <>

 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 125.
 Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London


 Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute
 Department of Statistics 
 University of Glasgow, UK
 11, 12 September 1997


Please note that the early registration deadline has been extended
until 30 June for this workshop. Payments received after this date
will be subject to a GBP50 increase in the registration fee. To
register, complete the form at, or download and
complete the text version (regform.txt).

Details of the workshop follow:

In recent years techniques from disciplines such as computer science,
articficial intelligence and statistics have found their way into the
pages of journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Linguistics,
Literary and Linguistic Computing and Computers and the
Humanities. While this influx may bring more advanced methods of
analysis to the fields of quantitative linguistics, stylometry and
stylistics, the demands upon researchers to understand and use these
new techniques are great. Familiarity with the appropriate software
and the ear of a sympathetic expert are pre-requisites without which
the technique may seem out of reach to the average researcher. The
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute and the
Department of Statistics of the University of Glasgow are hence
supporting this practical workshop in Computationally-Intensive
Methods in Quantitative Linguistics.

The workshop is designed to introduce the participants to four such
techniques in a practical environment. Each half-day session will be
divided into an introductory session in a lecture theatre and a longer
period spent working with software and practical examples. All of the
speakers have published papers using the analyses they will present
and their aim in this workshop is to enable the participants to return
to their home institutions able to carry out these techniques in the
course of their own research.

The sessions and speakers are as follows:

Deconstructing texts with electronic dice: Monte Carlo methods in
 lexical statistics.
Harald Baayen; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen,
 The Netherlands.

Fitting probability distributions to linguistic data. Deductive and
 explorative methods in synergetic linguistics.
Reinhard Koehler; University of Trier, Germany.

Evolutionary Computing and Text Categorization.
Richard Forsyth; University of the West of England, Bristol, 
 United Kingdom.

Neural Nets, Principal Component Analysis, Marlowe and Shakespeare.
Thomas Merriam; United Kingdom.

The workshop will be held in the Boyd Orr Building of the University
of Glasgow, commencing on Wednesday 10 September with a reception in
the Hunterian Art Gallery. The four workshop sessions will take place
on Thursday 11 September and Friday 12 September. There will also be a
half day to Loch Lomond and the Glen Goyne whisky distillery on the
morning of Saturday 13 September.

Accommodation has been arranged in university accommodation with some
en suite facilities. Tea and coffee, lunches and evening meals on 11
and 12 September are included in the registration fee. The
registration fee is GBP150.00 and GBP100.00 for students.

For more information about the workshop and to register, please
consult the web site at, or send
email to the conference organisers at

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Message 2: Endangered Languages Workshop

Date: Mon, 30 Jun 1997 11:20:05 +0100
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: Endangered Languages Workshop

The Foundation for Endangered Languages is pleased to announce its first
workshop, entitled "Steps in Language Rescue". It will take place at the
University of York on the week-end of 26 and 27 July this year.


2.00 - 2.30 Arrival, any late registration
2.30 - 2.40 Introduction to the Foundation for Endangered Languages
 FEL committee
Session I
2.40 - 3.10 Endangered Language Policy in India
 Mahendra Verma
3.10 - 3.40 The situation of the Berber languages in North Africa

 Farid Aitsiselmi
3.40 - 4.10 Script groups and their use in particular areas
 John Clews

Session II
4.30 - 5.00 Izhorian (Estonia/Sweden): is language revival possible?

 Ilya S. Nikolaev
5.00 - 5.30 Issues in standardisation for the Tsimshian Language of the
 American North West
 Tonya Nicole Stebbins
5.30 - 6.00 An overview of endangered languages in Brunei Darussalam

 Peter Martin

- Break for dinner, followed by AGM and General Meeting of the Foundation

Session III
9.00 - 9.30 Language revival: the case of Irish in Belfast
 Alison Henry
9.30 - 10.00 Gaelic as an endangered language: problems and prospects

 Kenneth MacKinnon

Session IV
10.30 - 11.00 Planning for Kurdish Language and Linguistics
 Siamak Rezaei Durroei
11.00 - 11.30 Big Oil and the Threat to Minority Languages by the Andes

 Nicholas Ostler
11.30 - 12.00 Final discussion and Round-up of Policy Pointers

 Noon -- Lunch and departures --

Non-members of the Foundation are very welcome to attend, though of course
it will be possible to join on site.


Registration for York Workshop "Steps in Language Rescue" 26-27 July, 1997

The conference will take place in the University of York, and accommodation
has been arranged in Derwent College, near campus. The University of York
is located south of the medieval walled city of York, a comfortable walking
distance from the railway. Alternatively, bus number 4 or 5 can be caught
from the station, getting off at the Derwent College stop.

o with 30 pounds
o without 20 pounds
 an ensuite shower and w.c.;
o on Saturday night 7 pounds
o on Sunday at lunch 6 pounds
(Let us know of any dietary or other requirements you might have)

Registration fees
o unwaged (e.g. students, unemployed) 10 pounds
o standard 20 pounds
(Please provide some evidence / confirmation if you apply at the lower rate.)

TOTAL: ___ pounds

Please send form to:
Dr Mahendra Verma, Membership Secretary
FEL, Language & Linguistic Science, Univ. York, York YO1 5DD, England

It will also be possible to register in person at the door. However, if
you plan to do this, it would help if you inform us in advance. Dr Verma's
e-mail address is: (Mahendra Verma)

- --------------------------------------------------------------
 Nicholas Ostler
Managing Director President
Linguacubun Ltd Foundation for Endangered Languages

 Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
 Bath BA1 7AA England
 +44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258

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