LINGUIST List 9.1250

Wed Sep 9 1998

FYI: Corpus, Discussion List, Software

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


Directory

  1. Corpus-Manager, Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English
  2. taimi metzler, Invitation to Discussion in Virtual Recitation
  3. Carol Neidle, New software release - SignStream version 1.0

Message 1: Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English

Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 16:33:51 +1200
From: Corpus-Manager <Corpus-Managervuw.ac.nz>
Subject: Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English


The transcripts from the Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand
English (WSC) are now available. The WSC comprises one million words
and was collected in the years 1988 to 1994. Both monologue and
dialogue categories are included and there is broadcast as well as
private material collected in a range of settings. The majority of the
texts are informal - 750,000 words. The WSC will be available on the
new ICAME CD (International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval
English (ICAME) at the Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities,
Bergen, Norway). It is also available on CD at a cost of NZ$100 for
individuals and NZ$200 for institutions from the Manager, Wellington
Corpora of New Zealand English, School of Linguistics and Applied
Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600,
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND. Email: Corpus-Managervuw.ac.nz 

This CD also contains the Wellington Corpus of Written New Zealand
English (WWC), one million words of written New Zealand English
collected from writings published in the years 1986 to 1990. The WWC
has the same basic categories as the Brown Corpus of written American
English (1961) and the Lancaster-Oslo-Bergen corpus (LOB) of written
British English (1961). The corpus also parallels the structure of
the Macquarie Corpus of written Australian English (1986). The WWC
consists of 2,000 word excerpts on a variety of topics. Text
categories include press material, religious texts, skills, trades and
hobbies, popular lore, biography, scholarly writing and fiction.
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Message 2: Invitation to Discussion in Virtual Recitation

Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 09:26:24 -0600 (MDT)
From: taimi metzler <metzlersstripe.Colorado.EDU>
Subject: Invitation to Discussion in Virtual Recitation

We, an instructor and a TA for a course 'LINGUISTICS 1000: Language in
US Society' at University of Colorado at Boulder, would like to invite
you to join the recitation discussions which are taking place on-line.
This is an experimental recitation section in which the students
participate in the discussions without coming to a classroom.

(Please visit
 http://www.colorado.edu/ling/f98/1000
and click 
 'Virtual Recitation' from the Web Page Menu 

to go to the recitation. When a pop-up window opens, please use
'guest' as login ID and password.)

As we are using 'Language Awareness 7th ed.' as a text, we would
welcome comments of the contributors of this book as well as teachers
and researchers of the topics (described below) covered by the course.
(Please refer to 'Calendar' page for the assigned readings.)

The topics and the dates (approximate) for the discussion are:
 1. Language Development (in a broad sense) -- Sept. 2 - 11
 2. Literacy -- Sept. 14 - 18
 3. Cultural Diversity and Bilingualism -- Sept. 21 - 23
 4. Indigenous and Endangered Languages -- Sept. 23 - Oct. 2
 5. Regionarl Variesties/Black English Vernacular -- Oct. 5 - 9
 6. American Sign Language - Oct. 12 - 16
 7. Bilingual and Multilingual Education -- Oct. 26 - 30
 8. Official English -- Nov. 2 - 6
 9. Language and Gender -- Nov. 9 - 13
 10. Stereotypes and Prototypes -- Nov. 16 - 20
 11. Media (News) -- Nov. 23 - 27
 12. Media (Politics/Advertisement) -- Nov. 29 - Dec. 2
 13. Media's Power -- Dec. 6 - 8

The discussion will begin with a couple of summaries of the assigned
readings to be posted on a forum for each topic (accessible from
'Virtual Recitation Homepage' by clicking 'bulletins' icon) and then
flow rather freely just as an in-class recitation goes.

The students in this recitation may be excited to have experts on the
various topics participating in their discussions. One of the
purposes of the Virtual Recitation is to involve them in a larger
academic community and expose them to several perspectives on the
topics under discussion.

If you are interested in joining our discussion, please visit our
'Virtual Discussion page' and click 'Information' icon for more
details.

We also welcome comments and recommendations on the Virtual Recitation
as it is set up or as a pedagogical tool for large lecture classes.

 Thank you for your attention.

 Sincerely,
	Julia Fisher
 (Instructor, U. of Colo. at Boulder)
	Yoshiteru Asano 
 (TA - Virtual Recitation section) 
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Message 3: New software release - SignStream version 1.0

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 20:12:50 -0400 (EDT)
From: Carol Neidle <carollouis-xiv.bu.edu>
Subject: New software release - SignStream version 1.0


We are pleased to announce the release of SignStream, a database tool
for analysis of linguistic data captured on video. SignStream runs on
MacOS computers running system 7.1 or later and QuickTime 2.1 or
later. Although SignStream is being designed specifically for working
with data from American Sign Language, the program may be used with
any kind of language data captured on video.

The program is available (for non-commercial use) to students,
educators, and researchers on a non-profit basis. There is also a new
SignStream listserv; see
http://www.bu.edu/asllrp/SignStream/sslist.html .

Further information is available at
http://www.bu.edu/asllrp/SignStream/ 


Carol Neidle American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project
http://www.bu.edu/asllrp
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