3.940 new poet; Arabic conference; bib manager (220)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Wed, 17 Jan 90 08:06:42 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 940. Wednesday, 17 Jan 1990.

(1) Date: Mon, 15 Jan 90 22:06:38 CST (14 lines)
Subject: Veteran E-Mailer To Turn Poet at Famous Convention

(2) Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 10:53:00 EST (97 lines)
From: JLD1@phoenix.cambridge.ac.uk
Subject: Arabic Computing Conference

(3) Date: 16 Jan 90 14:02:40-EST (84 lines)
Subject: Bibliographic and textual database manager

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Date: Mon, 15 Jan 90 22:06:38 CST
Subject: Veteran E-Mailer To Turn Poet at Famous Convention

Veteran e-mailer KEVIN L. COPE wishes to invite members of all lists to
attend the forthcoming conference of the Mississippi Philological
Association, now only two weeks away. The conference will feature the
debut of old-timey e-mailer KEVIN L. COPE as a poet. Cope will read
from such recent compositions as "Memo to a Department," "The Greasiad,"
"Ode to the Lennon Sisters," and "The Liberace Suite." Thousands of
other papers and compositions in the literary arts will be featured.
Interested parties should immediately contact Harry Donaghy, of the
Department of English at Mississippi State University, in University,
Mississippi, near Starkville. The conference will convene January
26-27, with accommodations at the palatial Ivy Guest House.
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Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 10:53:00 EST
From: JLD1@phoenix.cambridge.ac.uk
Subject: Arabic Computing Conference

Literary and Linguistic Computing Centre and Centre of Middle Eastern Studies
University of Cambridge
jointly announce 2nd Conference and Exhibition on
Bilingual Computing in Arabic and English
5-7 Sep. 1990

To: Ahmad Ubaydli, Convenor. Please send me:

Registration documents

Exhibition information

I wish to contribute a paper: Yes No
on theme no. (see list of themes):

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 1990
Deadline for submission of camera-ready copy: 14 May 1990
Name and address to appear in the list of participants:
Title and other names:
c/o Literary & Linguistic Computing Centre
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA
Telephone: +44 (223) 335029
Telex: 81240 CAMSPL G
Fax: +44 (223) 335110

Call for papers: Papers for the following themes are invited.
Camera-ready copy for papers to be presented at the conference must be
submitted by 14 May 1990. Conference proceedings will be available at
The main language of the conference will be English, but papers in Arabic will
be considered. It may be possible for these to be used together with English
abstracts or full translations.


(1) Software copy protection problems in the Arab World
(2) Bilingual data bases: compiling classical Arabic sources,
contemporary data banks
(3) Publications on bilingual computing: magazines, books and manuals
(4) Computer based lexicography and machine translation
(5) Teaching of Arabic by computer

Hardware and Software Exhibition

Conference Proceedings: It is intended to have the conference proceedings
available at registration in order to facilitate discussion. There will be a
limit of 10 pages per paper. The deadline for camera-ready copy will be
14 May 1990. There will be a modest charge for the conference proceedings,
which will reflect a proportion of the production costs. If sufficient
high-quality papers are submitted it is hoped that these can be published in
book form after the conference. It may be possible to include papers for
which there was insufficient time during the conference.

Overnight Accommodation in Cambridge: Accommodation is available at modest
rates at St Catharine's College. Bookings should be made by application to the
Conference organisers and paid for at least 2 weeks before the start of the
conference. Late bookings cannot be accepted. If hotel accommodation is
required a list of hotels in Cambridge can be supplied. It is not possible for
LLCC staff to make hotel bookings on behalf of participants. You are advised
to book well in advance as Cambridge hotels are always very full.
Accommodation charges will be in addition to the conference registration fee.

Social Programme:
(1) Official reception and conference dinner
(2) Khalil Hawi memorial reception
(3) A concert of European and Arabic music performed by Bottisham Opera and
the Cambridge Instrumentalists

Conference fees:
Paid before 16 June 1990: 60 pounds
Paid after 16 June 1990: 75 pounds

Student Rates:
Paid before 16 June 1990: 25 pounds
Paid after 16 June 1990: 40 pounds

Exhibitor's fees (per 5 square metres): 250 pounds

(Cheques payable to University of Cambridge, in pounds sterling drawn on a
British Bank or Eurocheques in pounds sterling).

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Date: 16 Jan 90 14:02:40-EST
Subject: Bibliographic and textual database manager

I want to announce a database manager designed especially to meet the
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Harry Hahne
Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
5 Hoskin Ave.
Toronto, Ont. M5S 1H7