12.0061 CALL book; talk on interactive WWW

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 4 Jun 1998 22:47:21 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 61.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Odin Dekkers <odekkers@swets.nl> (49)
Subject: Announcement

[2] From: Elli Mylonas <ELLI@BROWNVM.BITNET> (34)
Subject: Giulio Lughi on Friday at Noon

Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 13:13:04 +0200
From: Odin Dekkers <odekkers@swets.nl>
Subject: Announcement

Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers (publishers of the Computer Assisted
Language Learning journal edited by Keith Cameron) announce the
publication of their new book, Language Teaching & Language Technology,
edited by Sake Jager, John Nerbonne, and Arthur van Essen.

Language Teaching and Language Technology (LTLT) assesses the importance
of language technology to increasingly popular Computer-Assisted
Language Learning (CALL) work.

Language Technology is software that recognises, analyses, produces or
otherwise processes language in any of its multimedia forms (sounds,
print or digital representation). Some examples are speech recognisers,
which translate sound waves to digital text, or lemmatisers, which
translate inflected forms to their dictionary entries (broken =AE
'break'). The promise of language technology in CALL is to automate
irrelevant, tedious tasks in much the same way math course-ware does,
freeing the teacher and learner to concentrate on more essential tasks.
CALL software is used in individual self-instruction, in businesses and
in (almost all) universities to teach foreign language (or to help in
this), but CALL surprisingly relies almost exclusively on non-language
technology - hypertext, simple database technology, and networking. LTLT
asks how language technology can be further harnessed to improve CALL.

This book contains contributions about pronunciation, vocabulary,
grammar, reading, writing, testing, distance learning and user studies.
The contributors include experts on language pedagogy, producers of the
leading commercial packages for CALL, and developers of enabling
language technology. With its focus on assessing where technology can
match educational needs, and its solid contributions from language
technology and from language teaching, the book will interest CALL
practitioners, language technology developers, language teachers, and
computer-assisted instruction experts.

Sake Jager, John Nerbonne and Arthur van Essen are all members of the
Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Jager
is head of the Centre for Informations and Communications Technology,
Nerbonne is Professor of Humanities Computing, and van Essen is
Professor of Language Pedagogy.

For more information, please contact:

Acquisitions Editor
Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers
Heereweg 347B
2161 CA Lisse
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-252-435287
Fax:: +31-252-415888
E-mail: odekkers@swets.nl

Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 16:03:59 +0100 (BST)
From: Elli Mylonas <ELLI@BROWNVM.BITNET>
Subject: Giulio Lughi on Friday at Noon

The Brown Computing in the Humanities Users' Group Presents

Interactive Tools for Web Applications in Humanities
Giulio Lughi
Trieste University

Noon Friday June 4, 1998 STG Conference Room
(Grad Center, Tower E)

Web Humanities resources are usually characterized by low-level
interactivity: mostly they offer only "link-to-link" navigation , where
the reader's options consist basically of choosing the target site. A more
advanced level of interactivity can be obtained using the
client-side HTML forms and the server-side Common Gateway Interface (CGI):
in this way the reader is able to choose among several options and/or send
text strings to the server; at the same time, the server is able to
activate simple programs that carry out even complex and articulate tasks
by using the reader's input data. The outcome of these scripts are
eventually incapsulated in a HTML page and sent back to the browser.

Three applications which use the CGI scripts in perl programming language
will be shown:

1. The accessing and updating of text databases by a virtual community: a
project for a Catalog of Italian Texts On Line.
2. Theoretical and methodological problems related to a program for the
conjugation of Italian verbs.
3. Small engines to introduce interactivity into narrative texts: the
Writing Reader and the Virtual Text.

Giulio Lughi [http://www.univ.ts.it/~nirital/personale/lughi.htm] is a
Professo of Italian Grammar at the Trieste University (Italy). In the past
few years he has been developing applications and tools for humanities
computing and on-line interactivity.

CHUG provides a forum for discussing the use of computers in the
humanities and for sharing ideas and information about computing
techniques and applications. We regularly have talks and discussions
by members of the Brown community and others about ongoing and future
projects, research ideas, and computing techniques. We meet when
opportunity arises, as announced on brown.bboard.announce. We always have

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