12.0498 Seminar at King's; Summer Institute at New Brunswick

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 22:15:05 +0000 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 498.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (49)
Subject: Seminar at King's London

[2] From: Alan Burk <burk@unb.ca> (136)
Subject: Summer Institute - Creating Electronic Texts and

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 22:05:43 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Seminar at King's London


Seminar in Humanities Computing
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London

Corpora in the teaching of Linguistics

Elisabeth Burr
Universität Duisburg

19 March 1999
1 p.m.
Room 3B19, Strand

Traditional seminars in linguistics very often revolve around discussions of
linguistic theory. Thus, they mainly concentrate on the abstract system or
the norm as described in grammars. Natural oral or written speech is mostly
presented in form of isolated examples or chunks of text. Research
methodologies and least of all computer based ones are not taught in this
framework. Students who undertake empirical research are still expected to
extract data manually from printed or transcribed text. That computer based
research methodologies do not play a role leads to a regrettable waste of
effort particularly when the students carry out the transcription of
interviews, television shows or films they have recorded themselves.

In this Seminar, I shall present an ongoing project involving the
integration of the teaching of linguistic theory with empirical research
into natural language use, applying computer aided research methodologies.
My example will be a linguistic seminar on "Tense, Aspect and Mode in the
Romance Languages" given to students in their 3rd and 4th year. In this
course theoretical systems and descriptions of the norm were to be compared
to the actual usage found in on-line parts of the corpus of Romance
newspaper languages I have been building over the years. Apart from
presenting the steps my students had to take and some of the results they
have obtained, I will also discuss the problems involved and future

Drin. phil. habil. Elisabeth Burr is Senior Lecturer in Romanistik at the
Universität Duisburg; for the winter semester 1998-99 she is at Universität
Siegen covering a vacant professorship in Romance linguistics. Her research
areas are grammars of Romance languages (French, Italian, Portuguese,
Spanish), feminist linguistics, phraseology of Romance languages and
varieties of Italian. Her most recent book is her Habilschrift, Wiederholte
Rede und idiomatische Kompetenz. Französisch, Italienisch, Spanisch
(Gerhard-Mercator-Universität GH Duisburg); she is currently working on a
corpus of Romance newspaper languages (Italian, French, Spanish).

Dr. Willard McCarty
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London / Strand / London WC2R 2LS
+44 (0)171 873 2784 voice; 873 5081 fax
maui gratia

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 22:05:27 +0000
From: Alan Burk <burk@unb.ca>
Subject: Summer Institute - Creating Electronic Texts and Images

Announcing the Third Summer Institute at the University of New
Brunswick / Fredericton / New Brunswick / Canada

Creating Electronic Texts and Images -- a practical "hands-on"
exploration of the research, preservation and pedagogical uses of
electronic texts and images in the humanities.

Dates: August 15 - 20, 1999
Instructor: David Seaman, University of Virginia
Place: University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick,

Sponsored by the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New
Brunswick Libraries and the Department of Archives and Special

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will centre around the creation of a
set of electronic texts and digital images. Topics to be covered

* SGML tagging and conversion
* Using the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines
* The basics of archival imaging
* The form and implications of XML
* Publishing SGML on the World Wide Web
* EAD - Encoded Archival Descriptions

The course is designed primarily for librarians and archivists who are
planning to develop electronic text and imaging projects, for scholars
who are creating electronic texts as part of their teaching and
research, and for publishers who are looking to move publications to
the Web. Course participants will create an electronic version of a
selection of Canadian literary letters from the University of New
Brunswick's Archives and Special Collections. They will also encode
the letters with TEI/SGML tagging, tag an EAD finding aid and explore
issues in creating digital images.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: This year's institute presupposes that
participants have some experience with the Web and an elementary
understanding of HTML. For those with no HTML experience, a
half-day introduction to HTML may be held Saturday afternoon,
August 14, provided there is sufficient interest.

FACILITIES: The course will be held in the Instructional Technology
Learning Centre (ITLC) in the Harriet Irving Library on the UNB campus.
This state-of-the-art lab facility has a Windows 95 PC for each
participant and a high end digital projection system. The facility is air

Registration WILL BE LIMITED
to 20. The tuition ($800 Canadian dollars) will include all course
fees for the Institute, nutritional breaks, and lunches. Tuition does not
include cost of accommodations.

In addition, the week-long institute will include a number of special
social events. An all-day Sunday excursion to historic St. Andrews on the
Bay of Fundy will give participants an opportunity to meet and enjoy the
town's Loyalist history, early 19th century architecture, gardens, and
gift shops. Whale watching, kayaking and sightseeing tours to Ministers
Island are all within easy reach. The day ends with a relaxing meal at the
regal Algonquin Hotel overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay. An additional charge
will apply to some of the institute's special events.

Please check our webpage for details:
(note: upper and lower case matter when typing in the above URL)

The Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in downtown Fredericton is offering special
room rates at:

$79.00 + tax (Canadian) Single Room
$89.00 + tax (Canadian) Double Room

Course participants will be responsible for making their own
reservations. Lord Beaverbrook Hotel: Tel. 506-455-3371
When booking rooms, please ask for block reserved under Harriet Irving
Library to receive special rates. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 23 TO
released after this date.

Information about other accommodations is available at the New Brunswick
Tourism accommodation webpage: http://www.cybersmith.net/nbtour/



You may also obtain further information by contacting Karen
Maguire (kmaguire@unb.ca or 506-453-4740).

Information on prior institutes, including comments from
participants, is available at:


Registration Form
Note: You can use our Web Registration Form located at:

or fill out our email version:

Introduction To Electronic Texts and Images
August 15th to 20th, 1999


In the space below, briefly outline your reasons for taking
this course and describe projects which will utilize the
skills you learned in this course.
Business address:_______________________________________
Home address:_______________________________________
FAX: ____________________ email:________________________

I am paying for:
Registration fee $800 _____
Trip to St. Andrews $ 50 _____
(includes transportation & dinner)

Method of payment (please circle one):

1. Cheque (made payable to: UNB Libraries)
2. Visa or Mastercard

Card#: ___________________________________
Expiry date:_______________________________

3. Purchase Order (please attach):


Payment is due in full by June 30, 1999. Refunds will not be honoured
after July 15, 1999.

Karen Maguire, Library Administrative Officer

or mail or fax to:
Karen Maguire
UNB Libraries, PO Box 7500
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H5

PHONE: (506) 453-4740 FAX: (506) 453-4595

Confirmation of registration will be sent to you after processing.

Alan Burk, Associate Director of Libraries and
Director of Electronic Text Centre (www.unb.ca/etc)
phone: 506-453-4740 fax: 506-453-4595

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