LINGUIST List 14.272

Sat Jan 25 2003

Calls: Digitizing & Annotating Text & Field Recordings

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Message 1: Digitizing and Annotating Texts and Field Recordings

Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2003 16:24:59 +0000
From: workshop <>
Subject: Digitizing and Annotating Texts and Field Recordings

Conference on Digitizing and Annotating Texts and Field Recordings:
Best Practices

Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA
Date: 11-Jul-2003 - 13-Jul-2003 
Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Anthony Aristar
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Description, Computational Linguistics 

 Conference on Digitizing and Annotating Texts and Field
 		Recordings: Best Practices
		July 11th -- July 13th, 2003

		To be held in conjunction with
 	the Linguistic Society of America Institute,
		Michigan State University,
		East Lansing, Michigan,

		Call for Papers
	 Proposal Deadline: 31 Apr-2003 

Organizers: Anthony Aristar, Helen Aristar-Dry

Sponsors: The National Science Foundation, The LINGUIST List

1. TOPIC: 

Texts are a crucial part of the documentation of linguistic data, and
digital formats allow searching, retrieval and comparison of
linguistic material in ways that were not once possible. Textual
material can now be displayed in many different modes: as characters
on a screen, as sound from an audio file, and visually as an
image. Unfortunately, while these technologies enhance our ability to
manipulate data, there is no clear agreement on how they should be
implemented for linguistic material. This has produced an unfortunate
effect: digital material is often less easy to compare and retrieve
than the physical media they have replaced. In this workshop, we will
try to identify good models, tools, and practices for annotating,
comparing, creating, exchanging, and archiving texts and field
recordings. Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations on all
types of digitized texts, e.g. texts aligned to transcriptions,
recordings and videos of speech, interlinear text in corpora, and
metadata. Possible topics include: how to represent uncertain
information and links to lexical entries, how best to create textual,
audio and visual material linked to morphological analyses, syntactic
structures, grammatical relations, word senses, (co)references,
information structure, semantic representations, and discourse
structure; how to query textual material, and how to disseminate it.

This workshop is the second of a series of workshops to be held as
part of EMELD (Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages
Data). EMELD is an NSF-funded project run by The LINGUIST List whose
aim is to promote consensus on best practice in the digitization of
linguistic documentation. This workshop is intended to serve that
goal in two ways: by surveying a range of practices and projects
devoted to digital texts and by defining desirable characteristics in
audio and audiovisual text presentation. The workshop will be
composed of both of the presentations described above, and intensive
workgroups on relevant topics. The goal of the working sessions is to
define a set of descriptive characteristics for audio and audiovisual
texts which may serve as the starting point for best practice
recommendations. We hope to draw on the ideas and experiences of all
Workshop attendees in our pursuit of this EMELD objective.


The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 31, 2003. All abstracts
should be submitted electronically at the URL and be a maximum of 250
words long. A Review Committee will review the proposals, and authors
will be notified regarding acceptance by the end of May 2003.


The authors of papers that are accepted must provide an electronic
version of their paper by Jun 15, 2003.

4. USEFUL Information:

	a. Contact email: 

	b. Useful Links:

		Seven Dimensions of Portability for Language Documentation 
 and Description:
		The EMELD Project:
		Information on Best Practice (under construction):
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