LINGUIST List 9.274

Tue Feb 24 1998

FYI: MLA, JAVA Speech, NEH Deadline

Editor for this issue: Martin Jacobsen <>


  1. Cynthia Bernstein, MLA Topics
  2. Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D., JAVA SPEECH API
  3. Aguera, Helen, Application Deadline for NEH (Preservation and Access)

Message 1: MLA Topics

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 15:00:39 -0600 (CST)
From: Cynthia Bernstein <>
Subject: MLA Topics

The following topics have been proposed for the 1998 LANGUAGE AND
SOCIETY session of MLA:

Ebonics, Bidialectalism, and Bilingualism.
Submissions especially welcome on social and political implications of
issues related to Ebonics, African-American English, Hispanic-American
English, and other bidialectal or bilingual speech situations.

Representation of Social Dialects in Literature and Other Media.
Papers are invited on how ethnic, gender, regional, or working class
stereotypes are reinforced through representation of dialects in
literary texts, movies, or television. Is accuracy achieved? Is it
expected or desirable?

Language and the World Wide Web.
How is language use being shaped by the internet? Possible
considerations include discourse on the internet, social differences
in internet language, efforts to control the language of the internet,
non-internet references to internet language or internet users.
250-word abstracts by 6 Mar.

Cynthia Bernstein
English Dept., Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL 36849-5203
phone: 334-844-9072
fax: 334-844-9027
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Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 11:53:36 -1000
From: Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D. <>

The following will be of interest to all those working in speech
and/or NLP. You may have heard that Sun is about to release its
Javaspeech API that can use all the major speech rec programs, but you
may not be aware that there are already test versions available at
their web site, and that they have estpablished an email discussion
group for those who are interested.


subscribe javaspeech-interest
subscribe javaspeech-announce

Here is a brief quote from that site:

>Speech interfaces will give Java developers the opportunity to
>implement distinct and engaging personalities for their applications
>and to differentiae their products. Java developers will be able to
>access the capabilities of state-of-the-art speech technology from
>leading speech vendors. With a standard API for speech, users will be
>able to choose the speech products which best meet their needs and
>their budget. The Java Speech API will leverage the audio
>capabilities of other Java Media APIs, and when combined with the
>Java Telephony API, will support advanced computer telephony
>integration. On desktop systems, the widespread availability of audio
>input/output capabilities, the increasing power of CPUs and the
>growing availability of telephony devices all enable the use of
>speech technology.

Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Ergo Linguistic Technologies
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808)539-3920
Fax: (808)539-3924
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Message 3: Application Deadline for NEH (Preservation and Access)

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 06:14:00 -0500
From: Aguera, Helen <>
Subject: Application Deadline for NEH (Preservation and Access)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is a grant-making
agency of the U.S. federal government that support projects in the
humanities. Eligible applicants are: U.S. nonprofit associations,
institutions, and organizations, as well as U.S. citizens and foreign
nationals who have been legal residents in the United States for a
period of at least the three years immediately preceding the
submission of the application.
NEH's Division of Preservation and Access supports projects that will
create, preserve and increase the availability of resources important
for research, education, and public programming in the
humanities. Support may be sought to preserve the intellectual content
and aid bibliographic control of collections; to compile
bibliographies, descriptive catalogs, and guides to cultural holdings;
to create dictionaries, encyclopedias, databases, and other types of
research tools and reference works; and to stabilize material culture
collections through the appropriate housing and storing of objects,
improved environmental control, and the installation of security,
lighting, and fire-prevention systems. Applications may also be
submitted for national and regional education and training projects,
regional preservation field service programs, and research and
demonstration projects that are intended to enhance institutional
practice and the use of technology for preservation and access.
Projects may encompass collections of books, journals, newspapers,
manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images,
sound recordings, and objects of material culture held by libraries,
archives, museums, historical organizations, and other repositories.
The Division has a single, annual DEADLINE for applications, JULY 

1. Final decisions will be announced the following March. 

Guidelines and instructions can be downloaded from the NEH Web site:
A list of recent awards is also available at that site under "What's
New". To obtain a print version of the Guidelines or to address a
question to the NEH staff, e-mail us at
 Postal address:
 Division of Preservation and Access
 NEH, Room 411
 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
 Washington, DC 20506
 Telephone: 202/606-8570
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