LINGUIST List 13.611

Wed Mar 6 2002

FYI: Ling Analysis, Speech Corpus, Athabaskan List

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  • Alton Becker, ASCIFIEDannouncement
  • Pier Marco Bertinetto, a corpus of spoken Italian
  • Jordan Lachler, New Address for Athabaskan List

    Message 1: ASCIFIEDannouncement

    Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 18:19:12 -0500 (EST)
    From: Alton Becker <>
    Subject: ASCIFIEDannouncement

    Seminar: Live Issues in Descriptive Linguistic Analysis

    On Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the University of Michigan, there will be a day-long seminar in memory of Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2000), linguist and teacher. The day will begin with what he called a Monolingual Demonstration, one of his best devices for teaching descriptive linguistics. A linguist confronts a speaker of a language unknown to him or her (the linguist in this case will be Dr. Daniel Everett, University of Manchester) and begins to learn it, using no English. The speaker of the unknown language leaves the room and there is discussion of what has been learned, what problems have emerged, and what might be learned next. The speaker returns, and the demonstration proceeds until it seems that everyone has had enough. At that point, we shift to English, check the results, and talk about how to understand what happened. At noon we will provide lunch. (On us. Please let us know by email if you will be joining us for lunch.) After lunch the seminar will continue with discussion about some of the issues Pike was concerned with. We've asked a few linguists from Michigan and elsewhere to introduce these issues and lead the discussion of them, but everyone present is encouraged to take part. At the end of the day, Professor John R. Ross will summarize the discussion and present some of Pike's poetry. We have tried to plan the kind of open seminar Pike would enjoy. The title, Live Issues, is taken from the booklet of that name which he used in his own seminar on Descriptive Linguistics. Anyone who would like a copy of the 1955 and 1967 editions of the booklet should request them via the email address above. The seminar will be held in the Kuenzel Room of the Michigan Union, beginning at 9:30 am. Anyone interested in attending all or part of the seminar is welcome.

    A.L. Becker, Jennifer Nguyen, Mark Sicoli

    Message 2: a corpus of spoken Italian

    Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 14:07:19 -0800
    From: Pier Marco Bertinetto <>
    Subject: a corpus of spoken Italian

    The speech corpus "AVIP"

    "Archivio di Variet� di Italiano Parlato" "Archive of spoken Italian varieties"

    is now available in cd format.

    The work was coordinated by Pier Marco Bertinetto, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), and was carried out by the following research teams:

    - Laboratorio di Linguistica, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa - CIRASS, Universit� "Federico II", Napoli - Laboratorio di Fonetica, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli - Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica, Politecnico, Bari - Dipartimento di Linguistica, Universit� del Piemonte Orientale "Avogadro", Vercelli.

    A small number of copies are available, and may be ordered (at refunding cost) at:

    Laboratorio di Linguistica Scuola Normale Superiore dei Cavalieri 7 I-56126 Pisa

    contact persons: Lorenzo Cioni <> Maddalena Agonigi <>

    The materials are also accessible via anonymous ftp at (username "anonymous", password "your e-mail address") and are contained in the folder cirass/pub/avip.

    The corpus AVIP consists of semi-spontaneous spoken materials (plus lists of read words), collected in the form of so-called "map task dialogues" in three localities: Bari, Napoli and Pisa. In addition, the corpus includes a speech sample produced by hearing-impaired and normal children. Specifically, the corpus includes 39 semi-spontaneous dialogues produced by young adult speakers, and 5 dialogues produced by children, for a total of about 14 hours. 15 adult speakers' dialogues (plus all the 5 produced by children) are orthographically transcribed (about 350 minutes). In particular, 75 minutes of speech are phonetically segmented and labelled (and a smaller subset is also prosodically labelled). Finally, 4 dialogues are annotated at textual level.

    The entire documentation of the project is available by ftp, as well as in the cd version.


    Message 3: New Address for Athabaskan List

    Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 15:26:14 -0700
    From: Jordan Lachler <>
    Subject: New Address for Athabaskan List

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