LINGUIST List 15.3228

Wed Nov 17 2004

Qs: Speech Synthesis in CALL; Possible Book in Coptic

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        1.    Zoe Handley, Speech Synthesis in CALL
        2.    L. Pazzagliz, Possible book in Coptic

Message 1: Speech Synthesis in CALL

Date: 16-Nov-2004
From: Zoe Handley <>
Subject: Speech Synthesis in CALL

Dear colleagues,
 This experiment focuses on the use of speech synthesis in Computer-Assisted
 Language Learning (CALL). Currently, we are in the process of developing a
 batter of tests to determine whether French speech synthesis systems are
 ready for use in French CALL programs. In order to do this, we need to
 carry out an experiment with French teachers and CALL/NLP researchers like you.
 The goal of this experiment is to identify the requirements of speech
 synthesis for use in three specific CALL contexts, as a (1) reading
 machine, (2) a pronunciation model, and (3) a conversational partner.
 The experiment, which should take no more than an hour and a half of your
 time, is presented on-line. There is no need to download any files.
 If you think that you will be able to help us by participating in this
 experiment, please contact us by e-mail at the following address:
 All participants will be acknowledged in our publications.
 Kind regards,
 Zöe Handley, doctoral student and principal researcher, and Marie-Josée
 Hamel, supervisor.
 PS Would any of your colleagues be interested in participating in our
 experiment ? If so, please forward them our contact details. Many thanks in
 advance !
 Zöe Handley
 The School of Informatics
 The University of Manchester
 Dr Marie-Josée Hamel
 French Department
 Dalhousie University
 Halifax, N.-S.
 Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics;  Computational Linguistics
 Subject Language(s): French (Language Code:  FRN)

Message 2: Possible book in Coptic

Date: 17-Nov-2004
From: L. Pazzagliz <>
Subject: Possible book in Coptic

My family has a small collection of small, unsual books which I have
inherited.  We have a little red book all in leather, the pages too, that
is written in what I've been told could be coptic.  

Could you confirm for me if this is coptic and if so... what the subject of
the book might be? You can see pictures of the book and some of the pages
here (click on the images to enlarge):

I don't have a confirmed source of this book but I suspect it was brought
back from Eritrea (Ethiopia) or Lybia by my Italian grandfather during WWII.

Anything you could tell me about this book would be appreciated!


Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems 

Subject Language(s): Coptic (Language Code: COP) 
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