LINGUIST List 9.1723

Sat Dec 5 1998

FYI: Italian L2, Lecture Series, Alphabets

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  1. s.spina, mailing list for teachers of Italian L2
  2. Geert-Jan M. Kruijff, Vilem Mathesius Lecture Series 14

Message 1: mailing list for teachers of Italian L2

Date: Fri, 4 Dec 98 09:15:35 +0000
From: s.spina <>
Subject: mailing list for teachers of Italian L2

Announcement of a new mailing list ITALIANO_L2, 
the mailing list for teachers of Italian L2

ITALIANO_L2 is a mailing list which aims to become a forum for the
teachers of Italian L2; the list is created and hosted by the
University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.

For further information, the URL of ITALIANO_L2 is

TO SUBSCRIBE, send to the following
subscribe ITALIANO_L2
(without any other text)

Dott. Stefania Spina
Listowner ITALIANO_L2
Universita' per Stranieri Perugia, Italy
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Message 2: Vilem Mathesius Lecture Series 14

Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 13:45:33 +0000
From: Geert-Jan M. Kruijff <>
Subject: Vilem Mathesius Lecture Series 14

 The Vilem Mathesius Centre for
	Research and Education in Semiotics and Linguistics

 			Presents the

 Vilem Mathesius Lecture Series 14

 March 1 - 12, 1999
 Krystal Hotel, J. Marty Street
 Prague, Czech Republic




The fourteenth cycle of the Vilem Mathesius Lecture Series, organized
by the Vilem Mathesius Centre for Research and Education in Semiotics
and Linguistics (Charles University), will be held in Prague, Czech
Republic, from March 1 until 12, 1999. The scientific program will
consist of the following invited courses (for preliminary
time-schedule see below):

* Bengt Alternberg (Sweden): "The Use of Parallel Corpora in
 Cross-Linguistic Research"
* Wolfgang Dressler (Austria): "Theory of Language and Theory of 
 Language Change"
* Julia Hirschberg (USA): tba
* Frederick Jelinek (USA): tba
* Mark Liberman (USA): "Tone and Intonation"
* Stanley Peters (USA): "Quantification in Natural Language"
* Mats Rooth (Germany): "Issues in the Grammar of Focus and Ellipsis"
* Helmut Schnelle (Germany): "Language in the Brain: The New Challenge of
 Linguistic Theory"
* Mark Steedman (UK): "Intonation and Focus"
* Joseph Taglicht (Israel): Intonational Phrasing in English - Focusing
 Structures in English
* Jindrich Toman (USA): tba
* Ken Turner (UK): tba

In addition, there will be lectures by professors from the Czech Republic.


Tentative time-schedule (may be subject to change):

WEEK 1 (Monday 1.3.1999 - Friday 5.3.1999)

 9.30 - 11.00 11.30 - 13.00 14.30 - 16.00 16.30 - 18.00

Mon 1.3. Steedman Toman Rooth x
Tue 2.3. Steedman Toman Rooth Altenberg
Wen 3.3. Steedman Turner Rooth Altenberg
Thu 4.3. Taglicht Turner Toman Altenberg
Fri 5.3. Taglicht Turner x x

WEEK 2 (Monday 8.3.1999 - Friday 12.3.1999)

 9.30 - 11.00 11.30 - 13.00 14.30 - 16.00 16.30 - 18.00

Mon 8.3. Jelinek Peters Liberman x
Tue 9.3. Jelinek Peters Schnelle Liberman
Wen10.3. Jelinek Hirschberg Schnelle Liberman
Thu11.3. Peters Hirschberg Schnelle Dressler
Fri12.3. Hirschberg Dressler x x


A *limited number* of grants is available to students from Central and
Eastern Europe. The deadline for application is **DECEMBER 20,1998**.

The participation fee for VMC 14 is USD 350, which includes tuition
fee, accommodation, and lunches. In order to ensure accommodation,
(paying) participants should register before **JANUARY 30, 1999*.

Please contact Mrs. Brdickova or Prof. Hajicova at the following
address for registration or further information.

 Mrs. Libuse Brdickova
 Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics
 Malostranske nam. 25
 CZ-11800 Praha 1
 Czech Republic
 (phone) ++420-2-2191-4278
 (fax) ++420-2-2191-4309

Check our website via

Geert-Jan M. Kruijff
Institute of Formal & Applied Linguistics/Linguistic Data Laboratory
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University

Malostranske nam. 25, CZ-118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Phone: ++420-2-2191-4255 Fax: ++420-2-2191-4309
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Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 12:19:15 +0000
From: Chris Makemson <cmakemsonCOMPUSERVE.COM>


CEN Project Team 11, in conjunction with the CEN/ISSS Workshop Alpha,
is developing a catalogue of the alphabets of the indigenous languages
of Europe. This work will result in a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) for
which a broad consensus of agreement is required amongst the
participants of the workshop before ratification can be achieved by a
simple ballot. Michael Everson, the WS-Alpha editor, has a draft now
ready for review. The review is required both from a technical point
of view and for me, as WS-Alpha chair, to ascertain the level of
consensus agreement that has been achieved for the work to date.

I would like to start a 2-month review of this document. The document
contains a large number of language alphabets and I do not expect
people to review the whole set. Rather, I ask you to review the
alphabets for languages for which you would consider yourself to be an
expert. In this way I hope that a large proportion of the material
will be reviewed and at the same time you will not find it to be an
impossible task. In the final document, it is intended to attach a
status statement to each alphabet description which will detail the
level of review that has been possible. "Health warnings" will be
placed against those for which a review has not been possible.

It is anticipated that the editor will be in a position to maintain
this catalogue, so that, in the future,after the CWA has been agreed,
people will still be able to submit review comments on alphabets in
which they are interested.

In submitting your comments you should indicate those alphabets which
you have reviewed. Comments are also requested. If you state that you
have reviewed an alphabet but you have not submitted comments on it,
then it must be assumed that you are happy with it. This will be
reflected in status statement for that alphabet in the CWA.

The repertoires are based on facts, namely, dictionaries, grammars,
and other materials. If you are not happy with the content of an
alphabetic repertoire, it is necessary that documentation of the
requested changes be sent to the editor. To ensure completeness, such
documentation should include proof of the additional letter or letters
and their relative order with other letters, and the title page and
copyright page of the source material. To ensure clarity, the
documentation should be sent in hardcopy photocopies to the editor at
15 Port Chaeimhghein Iochtarach, Baile Atha Cliath, Eire (Ireland), or
made available to him by PDF file (or PostScript if necessary). Fax is
200 dpi and so cannot be accepted. The editor's e-mail address is

This call for review is sent to all presently-registered participants
of WS-Alpha. In addition, it is being sent to people known to be
expert in particular languages but who have not yet registered as a
participant in the workshop. If you are one of these, you are invited
to register as a participant in the WS-Alpha. This can be done by
visiting the Web site All responses to this
call for review should be submitted to the WS-Alpha mail list at Only registered participants may send
comments on this e-mail list. Being a participant in this workshop
does not commit you to anything. However, you are invited to comment
on this draft and to vote when the document is sent for final CWA

The current (second) draft of the CWA document may be found at You will note that the main
document is in HTML format. The body of the document contains two
lists of alphabets. Clicking on one of the list entries will cause a
download of a small PDF file containing just the alphabet
requested. In this way you should not be inundated with unwanted
alphabets. In addition, the body of the document contains --
importantly -- a set of criteria which should be treated as a minimum
set for the review of the document.

Finally, this review commences on 1998-12-02 and finishes at midday
GMT on 1999-02-02.

As a result of this review, the editor will prepare a disposition of
comments report and update the draft. It is planned then to start a
1-month CWA ballot.

Happy reviewing,
Chris Makemson
Chair, CEN/ISSS WS-Alpha
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