3.945 conference; KDEM parts; Phthong (148)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Thu, 18 Jan 90 21:49:50 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 945. Thursday, 18 Jan 1990.

(1) Date: Wed, 17 Jan 90 15:50:05 GMT (45 lines)
From: J.C.Smith@GDR.BATH.AC.UK
Subject: conference on teaching of French

(2) Date: Thursday, 18 January 1990 1451-EST (37 lines)
Subject: KDEM III parts

(3) Date: Thu, 18 Jan 90 12:21:16 EST (41 lines)
From: STAIRS@vm.epas.utoronto.ca
Subject: IPA Stack

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Date: Wed, 17 Jan 90 15:50:05 GMT
From: J.C.Smith@GDR.BATH.AC.UK



The 1990 conference of the British Association for French
Language Studies will be held at the University of
Liverpool, U.K., from lunchtime on Monday 10 September to
lunchtime on Wednesday 12 September. The theme will be `How
to do things with pragmatics: principles and applications
to the teaching of French'.

Papers (in English or in French) are invited on any aspect
of the analysis of French above the level of the sentence
(including pragmatics, text grammar, and discourse analysis)
and on the pedagogical applications of such research in the
areas of syllabus design and teaching methodology. SIX
copies of an abstract of not more than half a page of A4-
size paper should be submitted by 1 MARCH 1990 to the
programme committee, care of:

John Charles Smith
School of Modern Languages and International Studies
University of Bath
Claverton Down

telephone: (+44) 225-826171
fax: (+44) 225-826099
email: mlsjcs@uk.ac.bath.gdr

from whom further details of the conference are available.

Note that this conference will immediately precede the
Autumn Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great
Britain at the University of Leeds.

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Date: Thursday, 18 January 1990 1451-EST
Subject: KDEM III parts

We are pleased to report that we now have in place a
Kurzweil 4000 scanner, replacing two old model III
scanners that had outworn their usefulness. The
Kurzweil company graciously provided the model 4000
in exchange for the functional boards, scanning units,
and some other parts of the model IIIs. Thus we are
left with the following items that must be discarded
if noone wants them. If you have any interest in any
of these, please speak up immediately. You must pay
costs of handling and shipping.

Two shells for the KDEM model III scanner.
One of them is stripped of all except the three fans,
the sockets for the boards, and the sockets for plugs.
The other includes the above items plus the two
poser supplies (for Scanner and MAX) and the voltage

One half-height shell for the Diablo 3200 Disk Drive.
Two disk drive drawers (boards removed) -- that is,
the mechanical portions of the disk drives.

We also have some related items that MIGHT be available
if someone is interested, possibly with minimal (negotiated)
charges involved: Several of the removable disk packs (the
current contents would need to be erased first, somehow),
and a functioning HP 2649A terminal.

Interested parties please contact me immediately. We will
dispose of the bodies early next week (they are obstructing
a hallway at present).

Bob Kraft, CCAT
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Date: Thu, 18 Jan 90 12:21:16 EST
From: STAIRS@vm.epas.utoronto.ca
Subject: IPA Stack


I posted a notice a couple weeks ago regarding an IPA transciption
teaching tool we are developing. We were overwhelmed by the response.
Please do not think that my silence means that I did not receive your
messages. Rather than respond to each request individually, I am
posting this notice to Humanist so everyone gets it. The program, a
HyperCard stack called Phthong, is still under development. We shall be
testing it in a course here in the early summer. It is my intention
that we have a product ready to distribute for the fall term. We were
not prepared for such a large response, but it is added incentive to
press on. I hope to develop the program in such a way that it could run
on either Macs or PCs. However, I expect the first release will run on
Macs only. We are currently trying to figure out which is the best way
to market the program. Like most of you I expect, we are neither
familiar with the marketing steps necessary to bring a new product out,
nor do we care to ever know these steps.

So, right now we are trying to convince the unversity administration to
set up sort of marketing mechanism for new products which we could then
take advantage of. This all means that we are unclear how the program
will be distributed, but we are developing it regardless. By the time
the program is completed we should have all these details sorted out.
The program will include a number of exercises designed to teach
students the art of transcription. It will include some facility for
the teacher to create her/his own exercises. In this way the program
should have a broad appeal. Anyone who is interested should feel free
to send me a note, and I will add their name to the list. When we are
finished the production I will send a notice to everyone who has asked
to be notified.

Michael Stairs
Site Coordinator
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
University of Toronto