LINGUIST List 11.1964

Sun Sep 17 2000

FYI: SIGLEX News, Phonetics URLs (3)

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  • Priscilla Rasmussen, SIGLEX News
  • karchung, Phonetics URLs (3)

    Message 1: SIGLEX News

    Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 14:10:07 EDT
    From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
    Subject: SIGLEX News

    SIGLEX, being one of the first SIGs has been operating without a constitution or slate of officers for several years. That is finally being rectified, and there is a new constitution that was proposed at SIGLEX'99 and is posted on the web page.

    The plan is to adopt both the new constitution and the proposed slate of officers at SIGLEX'00.

    The nominees were proposed by an ad hoc nominating committee consisting of: Nicoletta Calzolari (University of Pisa), Marc Light (MITRE Corporation), Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania), and Philip Resnik (University of Maryland)

    The proposed officers are:

    President: Adam Kilgarriff, ITRI, University of Brighton Secretary: Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

    Information Officers: Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto Martha Evens, Northwestern University Boyan Onyshkevych, Department of Defense Charles Fillmore, University of California, Berkeley

    Persons interested in joining SIGLEX should e-mail

    Other news:


    The Global WordNet Association (GWA) has just been founded. Its goals are to provide a forum for the dissemination and sharing of information about the construction and uses of WordNet and wordnets; working towards the standardization of wordnets, and building professional ties among researchers in linguistics, computational linguistics, and the larger NLP community.

    For membership information, see

    Piek Vossen, Sail Labs, Antwerp (Belgium) Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

    ISLE: International Standards for Language Engineering

    There is a new joint NSF/EU project for forming a consensus on Language Engineering Standards for language resources, tools and products. The current project is focusing on Multilingual Lexicons, Evaluation of Human Language Technology systems, and various aspects of Natural Interaction and Multi-modality. It builds on previous results from the LRE/LE and EAGLES European projects.

    Message 2: Phonetics URLs (3)

    Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 21:42:01 +0800
    From: karchung <>
    Subject: Phonetics URLs (3)

    Here is a third posting in the Phonetics URLs 'series', this time mostly of valuable feedback to the first two posts. I knew when I was doing my search that I might well be reinventing the wheel, but at least posting the search results and feedback to the posts is serving to bring together existing resources - which will now all be archived on the LINGUIST server and easily available for future reference to anybody who checks.

    (1) This is the wheel I tried to reinvent - a long list of links to excellent phonetics resources:

    From: Dani Byrd <>

    Your list of phon resources got forwarded to me in a round-about way. Many thanks!

    There may be some others of interest to you on my link list at:

    including some further ear stuff.

    Also, I think at the end of your list of sites you refer to UCSC as USC--different school! I'm at the latter. :-)

    Dani Byrd Assistant Professor Department of Linguistics University of Southern California

    (Note: My apologies for an error in the first phonetics URLs post - I identified the source of the site (II. (5)) as being USC, the University of Southern California; it should be UCSC, the University of California at Santa Cruz. - KSC)

    (2) From: Daniel Currie Hall <>

    Thanks for posting such a useful list of links on the Linguist List! I have a site that you might want to add to the list. The page, which is at

    uses JavaScript to display sagittal sections and IPA transcriptions for articulations specified by the user.

    Daniel Currie Hall University of Toronto

    (3) From: Nick Reid <>

    Thanks for your summary. It was interesting for me as I've trawled over many of the same sites, and discovered from you a few more. If your interests extend into CD as well as web-based phonetics resources, you might be interested in the info below about a CD I've developed.

    Nick Reid _______________________________________________ An Interactive Introduction to Phonetics email: You may also place your order via the World Wide Web at;

    Dr Nicholas Reid School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics University of New England Armidale 2351, AUSTRALIA email: website:

    (Note: Nick Reid has just posted the full ad over LINGUIST, so I've edited it down for this summary. -KSC)

    Next, a very useful tool:

    (4) WASP: Waveforms Annotations Spectrograms & Pitch

    This is from Mark Huckvale of the University College London. I extend special thanks to Mark for his help in finding things (more below) and also for designing and making available great software. This is a very, very easy-to-use *spectrograph* you can install and use on your PC. Making spectrograms for me used to mean making an appointment at the phonetics lab when it's open and I have time, and dealing with a lot of expensive and complex hard- and software. For at least preliminary work, working with WASP right at home is more than adequate. You record into your computer, and the program displays the speech wave, broad and narrow band spectrogram, and/or the pitch track. You can also further process your data in various ways. This is *wonderful*!!!! Other intriguing speech tools (which I haven't tried) are also available through this site.

    (5) Virtual Tutorials in Phonology - Cantonese

    This is in Chinese, uses Shockwave, and concentrates on Cantonese phonetics and phonology (it has some good examples of sound changes in progress), with parts on Mandarin and English as well. It is still under construction, and there are a few problems with some of the test questions, but site designer Roxana Fung <> says they're working on these. Worth filing away for future use if you have any students who read Chinese.


    I did a search with Liszt and other tools for finding e-mail discussion lists, and found almost *nothing* on phonetics. When I asked Mark Huckvale about this, however, he told me about two good resources:

    (6) A UK-based phonetics list (Ah! There *is* one!) To sign up, go to:


    (7) ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Special Interest Groups

    Since March 1998 ISCA knows Special Interest Groups and the board has already approved several SIGs:

    Speech Synthesis - SynSig Audio Visual Speech - AVISA Speech And Language Technology for MInority Languages - SALTMIL Integration of Speech Technology in (Language) Learning - InSTIL SPeaker and Language Characterization - SpLC Education in the field of speech communication - EduSIG Speech Prosody - SProSIG Groupe Francophone de la Communication Parl?e - GFCP

    Please notice that some of these URLs are temporary addresses.

    (8) Also, there's Rob Pensalfini's THEALING, which discusses the linguistics of stage performance. It hasn't been that active lately, but they talk a lot about phonetics when they get going. To subscribe to the list, send a message to <> with the command "subscribe thealing" (without the quotes).

    Thanks again very, very much to everybody who contributed or sent feedback.

    Karen Steffen National Taiwan University