LINGUIST List 9.164

Wed Feb 4 1998

FYI: Nameserver, ELRA, Gender across language

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  1. Norval Smith, Linguists' Nameserver
  2. Valerie Mapelli, ELRA - VALIDATION MANUALS
  3. Hadumod Bussmann, Gender across languages

Message 1: Linguists' Nameserver

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 09:57:07 +0100
From: Norval Smith <Norval.Smithlet.uva.nl>
Subject: Linguists' Nameserver

Dear Fellow Linguists,

I have decided to phase out the Linguists' Nameserver which I have run from
here for the last I don't know how many years for a number of reasons:

a) Linguist with its register of linguists will more than take over the
minimal function performed by the nameserver

b) There are new methods of findind out e-mail addresses - the LSA members'
list prints them for instance.

c) The WorldWideWeb offers several ways of finding addresses: the various
search engines, the various University Web Pages, and so on.

d) Less use was being made of this resource.

e) Basically I don't have the time to maintain it properly any more. 
 
The problem that existed at the beginning of the nineties, that hardly
anyone knew what anyone else's e-mail address was does not exist any more.

For the time being it will still be possible to consult the Nameserver at
linguisthum.uva.nl or linguistshum.uva.nl (NB New Address!!) but there is
already a considerable amount of "noise" in the database and this will
rapidly increase, limiting the reliability of whatever results one gets.

Norval Smith
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Message 2: ELRA - VALIDATION MANUALS

Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 15:01:37 +0100 (MET)
From: Valerie Mapelli <info-elracalva.net>
Subject: ELRA - VALIDATION MANUALS

 
 EUROPEAN LANGUAGE RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
 ELRA News 


 *** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ELRA - LANGUAGE RESOURCES
VALIDATION MANUALS ***


ELRA is happy to announce that the manuals for lexica and written corpora
can now be obtained free of charge from the ELRA secretariat or the ELRA Web
site.

VALIDATION MANUAL FOR LEXICA: The final version of the validation
manual for lexica was produced and delivered in June of 1997 from CST,
Center for Sprogteknologi, Denmark. The work on the lexicon manuals
involved technical validation and conformity with standards (both the
producer's own and ELRA's). This resulted in content validation and
the drafting of the chapters of the ELRA validation manual, the ELRA
standard and the validation methodology (including validation
schemata).

VALIDATION MANUAL FOR WRITTEN CORPORA: The work on a manual for
written corpora subcontracted to the Humanities Computing Unit, Oxford
University, UK and they have during 1997 produced a draft for the
manual, which has been made public and open for comments and
feedback. The final version is planned to be ready in the beginning of
1998. The work was initiated with a first phase which consisted of
consulting several experts in order to get a consensus about the real
needs. This produced a first document entitled "The Definition of a
Functional Specification for the Technical Validation of Language
Corpora". Also a questionnaire was published on the ELRA and
University of Lancaster Web sites, this to inquire for feedback from
interested parties. The draft document covers the approaches for the
establishment of an analytic framework for validation (technical and
descriptive characteristics, linguistic properties), and the
definition of appropriate validation procedures.


The manuals are:

\183 Lexicon validation: 
 "Towards a standard for the evaluation of lexica", N Underwood & C Navaretta.
 "A draft manual for the validation of lexica - Final report", N Underwood
& C Navaretta.
\183 Corpora validation: 
 "An analytic framework for the validation of language corpora", P Baker, L
Burnard, A McEnery & A Wilson. 

To obtain copies, please contact ELRA at the following address:

ELRA
55-57, rue Brillat Savarin
75013 Paris, France
tel. +33 1 43 13 33 33
fax. +33 1 43 13 33 30
email. elra-eldacalva.net (Ms Malin Nilsson)

or download them from the ELRA Web site:
http://www.icp.grenet.fr/ELRA/home.html
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Message 3: Gender across languages

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 11:28:04 +0000
From: Hadumod Bussmann <Hadumod.Bussmannlrz.uni-muenchen.de>
Subject: Gender across languages

Marlis Hellinger/Hadumod Bussmann (eds)
GENDER ACROSS LANGUAGES
The de/construction of gender roles
through language variation and change.
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In November 1997 we have announced this project for the 
first time and have asked for potential authors. So far we have final 
acceptances for 22 languages, but we are still looking for 
contributions on CHINESE, HEBREW, HUNGARIAN, INDONESIAN, RUMANIAN and 
VIETNAMESE.
In "Gender across languges" we are concerned with the 
structural properties of a language (categories of gener, 
word-formation, pronominalization) and speakers' linguistic choicers 
in talking about or as women and men. We are aoso interested in 
learning about tendencies of variation and change (including, where 
applicable, language politics/guideline) as these reflect changes in 
the relationships between the sexes. Who might be able to contribute 
on these languages or knows somebody who would be interested in the 
project? For more information, please contact us at one of the 
following adresses:

Dr. Hadumod Bussmann
email: Hadumod.Bussmannlrz.uni-muenchen.de
Fax: 49-8178-3410

Prof. Dr. Marlis Hellinger
email: Hellingerem.uni-frankfurt.de
Fax: 49-511-668874

Dr. Hadumod Bussmann
Anwaenden 3
D 82067 Ebenhausen/Isartal
Tel: 08178-4483
Fax: 08178-3410
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