LINGUIST List 8.1143

Wed Aug 6 1997

Confs: TEI, COCOSDA-97

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  1. Nancy M. Ide, TEI Conference: REMINDER
  2. Mark Liberman, COCOSDA-97 in Rhodes

Message 1: TEI Conference: REMINDER

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 97 10:25:30 EDT
From: Nancy M. Ide <>
Subject: TEI Conference: REMINDER


 ***** ABSTRACTS DUE AUGUST 20!!! *****


 November 14-16, 1997
 Brown University
 Providence, Rhode Island, USA

 Sponsored by

 Brown University Computing and Information Services
 Brown University Libraries

 - o -

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of its founding, the Text
Encoding Initiative (TEI) is sponsoring its first user conference, to
be held 14-16 November 1997 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode

The TEI was established at an international planning meeting on text
encoding standards, held at Vassar College on November 12-13,
1987. The TEI is sponsored by the Association for Computers and the
Humanities, the Association for Computational Linguistics, and the
Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing.

The TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange were
published in spring of 1994. They provide an extensive SGML-based
scheme for encoding electronic texts across a wide spectrum of text
types and suitable for any kind of application. The Guidelines have
already achieved wide-scale implementation in projects throughout
North America and Europe.

The TEI conference will bring together users of the TEI Guidelines in
order to share ideas, experiences, and expertise, provide a forum for
technical discussion and evaluation of the Guidelines as they have
been implemented across a variety of applications. The topics include
but are not limited to:

 o reports on the use of the TEI scheme in a particular project
 or in a particular application area or discipline

 o reports from particular user communities such as the builders and
 designers of electronic text centers, digital libraries, language
 corpora, electronic editions, multi-media databases, etc.

 o evaluations of the TEI scheme as applied to a particular class of
 texts or in a particular type of scholarly research

 o technical discussions of particular encoding problems and solutions
 such as unusual or complex text types, multi-media, multiple views
 or information types, multi-lingual data and internationalization,
 textual variation, overlap, etc.

 o papers on customization and extension of the TEI for particular
 application areas and text types

 o reports on experience using off-the-shelf software with TEI
 documents, or developing software to handle TEI material

 o discussions of markup theory and markup architectures, with
 particular reference to the TEI

 o discussions of the TEI in the light of developments in the larger
 computing community (the Web, XML, ...)

A portion of the conference will also be devoted to consideration of
the future of the TEI. Possible topics to be discussed include the
organization of the project, membership on the component committees,
priorities, and new work items to be proposed to the Technical Review


Submissions of at least 1500 words should be sent by August 20,
1997. Email submissions or a URL where the submission can be retrieved
should be sent to Submissions in TEI Lite are
preferred, but full TEI or (valid!) HTML 3.2 is acceptable. If it is
not possible to submit in one of these forms, please contact to make special arrangements.

Papers should include complete references to related work and should
clearly identify the main problem being addressed, other similar
projects and their relation to this project, the main and original
contribution of the paper, and remaining or open problems. Authors are
also asked to indicate if this paper is or will be submitted

Notification of acceptance will be made by September 20, 1997. Final
versions of full papers will be due by October 15, 1997. An electronic
conference proceedings will be published; other publication details
will be forthcoming.


 * Nancy Ide, Vassar College
 * C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, University of Illinois at Chicago


 * Susan Armstrong, University of Geneva
 * Winfried Bader, German Bible Society
 * David Barnard, University of Regina (Sask.)
 * Lou Burnard, Oxford University Computing Services
 * Tom Corns, University of Wales, Bangor
 * Steve DeRose, Inso Corp.
 * David Gants, University of Georgia
 * Dan Greenstein, King's College, London
 * Susan Hockey, University of Alberta
 * Stig Johansson, University of Oslo
 * Judith Klavans, Columbia University
 * Terry Langendoen, University of Arizona
 * Elli Mylonas, Brown University
 * John Price-Wilkin, University of Michigan
 * Gary Simons, Summer Institute of Linguistics
 * Frank Tompa, University of Waterloo
 * Syun Tutiya, Chiba University
 * Antonio Zampolli, University of Pisa


On program and paper submissions:
About local arrangements:



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Message 2: COCOSDA-97 in Rhodes

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 17:20:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: Mark Liberman <>
Subject: COCOSDA-97 in Rhodes



COCOSDA, the Coordinating Committee on Speech Databases and
Assessment, was founded in 1991, and has held yearly workshops ever

The 1997 COCOSDA workshop, on the theme "Standards and Tools for
Linguistic Annotation of Speech Databases," will take place at the
Convention Centre of the Rodos Palace Hotel, in Rhodes, Greece, on the
two days following the Eurospeech meeting: Friday, September 26 and
Saturday, September 27. It will be co-located with the COST workshop
on "Speech Technology in the Public Telephone Network: Where are we
today?" held in the same facility on the same two days. Overall
registration is limited to 200, 100 from each organization.

COCOSDA aims to promote collaborative work and information exchange
for resources and standards in Spoken Language Engineering. It
maintains working groups on Speech Corpora and Labelling, Speech
Synthesis Assessment, and Speech Recognition Assessment. COCOSDA
workshops include reports on relevant activities around the world, and
discussions of topics of mutual interest.

Further information about COCOSDA can be found at the URL, and further information about COST
(European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical
Research) can be found at

Submissions on the theme of COCOSDA'97, as well as other relevant
subjects, are invited.


To register for COCOSDA97, see
COCOSDA'97 attendees are welcome to attend sessions of the COST
workshop as well, though they will have to register separately for
COST in order to get a copy of the proceedings.

On Friday afternoon, there will be a joint COST/COCOSDA session on the
topic of Speech Recognition.

On Friday morning and Saturday afternoon, COCOSDA'97 will meet
separately from COST. There will be both reports of general interest
and presentations on the workshop theme.

On Saturday morning, the three COCOSDA working groups (on Speech
Corpora and Labelling, Speech Synthesis Assessment, and Speech
Recognition Assessment) will meet separately, as arranged by their
individual organizers.


COCOSDA'97 is focused on standards and tools for linguistic annotation
of speech databases. If you would like to make a presentation on the
workshop theme, or on another topic within COCOSDA's area of interest,
please register for the workshop and send an abstract of 500 words or
less to If possible, include a URL for
papers or project descriptions. All good-faith submissions will be
accommodated, though some may have to be placed in a poster session.
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