19.331 new publications: Developing Linguistic Corpora; Early Modern Literary Studies 11.2

From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_KCL.AC.UK>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 07:14:32 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 331.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Alan Morrison <alan.morrison_at_computing- (67)
         Subject: Developing Linguistic Corpora: a guide to good

   [2] From: Sean and Karine Lawrence (52)
         Subject: Early Modern Literary Studies 11.2

         Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 07:24:11 +0100
         From: Alan Morrison <alan.morrison_at_computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
         Subject: Developing Linguistic Corpora: a guide to good practice

The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) have=20
published 'Developing Linguistic Corpora', edited
by Martin Wynne of the Oxford Text Archive. This
is the latest in the series of AHDS Guides to Good Practice.

The printed book can be ordered online from Oxbow
Books (http://www.oxbowbooks.com/) for 15 plus
post and packing, and the full text is available
for free online at http://ahds.ac.uk/linguistic-corpora/.

In this volume, a selection of leading experts
offer advice to help the reader to ensure that
their corpus is well-designed and fit for the intended purpose.

As John Sinclair writes in the first chapter: "A
corpus is a remarkable thing, not so much because
it is a collection of language text, but because
of the properties that it acquires if it is
well-designed and carefully-constructed."

The collection includes the following chapters:

* 'Corpus and text: basic principles' by John Sinclair
* 'Adding linguistic annotation' by Geoffrey Leech
* 'Metadata for corpus work' by Lou Burnard
* 'Character encoding in corpus construction' by Tony McEnery and Richard=
* 'Spoken language corpora' by Paul Thompson
* 'Archiving, distribution and preservation' by Martin Wynne

John Sinclair sets out ten principles for corpus
design, plus a new definition of a corpus.
Geoffrey Leech offers a taxonomy of types of
annotations as well as clear guidelines and some
provisional standards for annotation at various
linguistic levels. Lou Burnard explains the
different types of metadata which can be provided
for a corpus, and gives examples of how these can
be implemented using the Text Encoding Initiative
guidelines. Tony McEnery and Richard Xiao take on
the tricky issue of encoding characters in
languages other than English, giving an
historical overview of the various solutions,
leading to a discussion of how to use Unicode
today in encoding corpus texts. Paul Thompson
draws on his experience in developing the British
Academic Spoken English (BASE) corpus to set out
the stages involved in the development and
exploitation of a corpus of speech, covering data
collection, transcription, markup and annotation,
and access. In chapter six, Martin Wynne explains
how good planning and design can help to ensure
the ongoing availability and usefulness of a corpus.

This and other guides in the series are available
from http://www.ahds.ac.uk/creating/guides/.

AHDS Literature, Languages and Linguistics is
hosted by the Oxford Text Archive, and is the
repository for many freely available corpora in
several languages, including English, French,
German, Italian, Chinese and a variety of South
Asian languages. There are also historical
corpora, such as the Old English Corpus, the
Helsinki Corpus of English Texts and the Lampeter
Corpus of Early Modern English Tracts. These
resources can be found via the experimental new
AHDS cross-subject catalogue
at http://www.ahds.ac.uk/, and at the OTA
website at http://www.ota.ox.ac.uk. A listing of
corpora is at
Note that some of these resources are available
for immediate download and others require the
user to write in for permission to download them.

         Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 07:24:52 +0100
         From: Sean and Karine Lawrence <seanlawrence_at_writeme.com>
         Subject: Early Modern Literary Studies 11.2

Early Modern Literary Studies is pleased to announce the appearance
of its September 2005 issue (11.2), which can be found at

The table of contents appears below.

The journal continues to welcome articles, notes, reviews and theatre
reviewers. Articles and notes should be sent to the Editor, Dr Matt
Steggle (either by post at Sheffield Hallam University, Montgomery
House, 32 Collegiate Crescent, Collegiate Campus, Sheffield S10 2BJ,
United Kingdom, or by electronic mail at M.Steggle_at_shu.ac.uk ); offers of book
reviews to the Reviews Editor, Dr James Doelman
(doelmanj_at_mcmaster.ca); and offers of theatre reviews to the theatre
reviews editor, Dr Roberta Barker (barkerr_at_dal.ca).


Historicising Shakespeare's Richard II: Current Events, Dating, and
the Sabotage of Essex. [1] Chris Fitter, Rutgers University.

An Italian Werewolf in London: Lycanthropy and The Duchess of Malfi.
[2] Brett D. Hirsch, University of Western Australia.

"Now let my language speake": The Authorship, Rewriting, and
Audience(s) of Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley. [3] Alexandra
G. Bennett, Northern Illinois University.

Appropriating and Attributing the Supernatural in the Early Modern
Country House Poem. [4] A. D. Cousins and R. J. Webb, Macquarie University.

Milton's Joban Phoenix in Samson Agonistes. [5] Sanford Budick, the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Book Reviews:

May, Steven W. and William A. Ringler, Jr., Eds. Elizabethan Poetry:
A Bibliography and First-line Index of English Verse, 1559-1603. 3
vols. London and New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004. [6] Douglas
Bruster, The University of Texas at Austin.

King, Andrew. The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The
Matter of Just Memory. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000. [7] Joshua Phillips,
University of Memphis.

Fowler, Elizabeth. Literary Character: The Human Figure in Early
English Writing. Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 2003. [8] Jane
Grogan, Pennsylvania State University.

Ivic, Christopher and Grant Williams, eds. Forgetting in Early Modern
English Literature and Culture: Lethe's Legacies. London and New
York: Routledge, 2004. [9] Anita Gilman Sherman, American University.

Scott, Maria M. Re-Presenting 'Jane' Shore: Harlot and Heroine.
Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005. [10] Matthew Woodcock,
University of East Anglia.

Dutton, Richard and Jean E. Howard, eds. A Companion to Shakespeare's
Works, Volume III: The Comedies. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. [11] Todd
Lidh, Flagler College.

Panek, Jennifer. Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy.
Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. [12] Kathryn Jacobs, Texas A & M - C.

Reviewing information and books received for review.

Theatre Reviews:

Sir Thomas More, by Anthony Munday, William Shakespeare and others.
[13] Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre,
Stratford-Upon-Avon, May 2005. Chris Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University.

Cambridge Shakespeare: Summer 2005. [14] Michael Grosvenor Myer.

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