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Date:         Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:36:14 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.226 events: mss studies; lexicography; computational linguistics
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 226.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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   [1]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           55)
         Subject: Schoenberg symposium

   [2]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           30)
         Subject: Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru: One-day Conference

   [3]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           39)
         Subject: Call for papers: Computational Approaches to Semitic

         Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:15:41 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Schoenberg symposium
         In-Reply-To: <>


OCTOBER 24-25, 2008

On the Nature of Things: Modern Perspectives on Scientific Manuscripts

In partnership with the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science
(PACHS) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the University of
Pennsylvania and Penn Libraries are pleased to announce the 1st Annual
Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital
Age, to be held in Philadelphia, October 24-25, 2008, at the Chemical
Heritage Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. This annual
symposium, organized by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and
Image (SCETI), brings together scholars from around the world to present
research related to the study of manuscript books produced before the
age of printing and to discuss the potential for digital technologies in
advancing manuscript research. This year's symposium examines scientific
manuscript book production in Western Europe, Asia, and the Arabic world
before the year 1600, and consists of the following events:

Public Lecture: Friday, October 24, 6:00 pm

=C2=93Archimedes in Bits: The Digital Presentation of a Write-Off=C2=94
William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum
Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Symposium: Saturday, October 25, 2008
The University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA

Speakers include:

=C2=95 Alejandro Garc=C3=ADa Avil=C3=A9s, Universidad de Murc=C3=ADa
=C2=95 Gerhard Brey, Center for Computing in the Humanities, King=C2=92s College,
=C2=95 Charles Burnett, The Warburg Institute
=C2=95 Marilyn Deegan, Center for Computing in the Humanities, King=C2=92s
College, London
=C2=95 Gabriele Ferrario, Independent Scholar
=C2=95 Menso Folkerts, Institute for the History of Science,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit=C3=A4t, Munich
=C2=95 Monica Green, Arizona State University
=C2=95 Kim Plofker, Union College
=C2=95 Dot Porter, Digital Humanities Observatory at the Royal Irish Academy,
=C2=95 Michael Solomon, University of Pennsylvania
=C2=95 James Walsh, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana
=C2=95 Dominik Wujastyk, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, University
College, London

For more information, schedule, program details, and registration, go
to: .
Registration for both events is free and open to the public, but seating
is limited for Saturday, October 25. Please register by October 19.


Lynn Ransom, Ph.D.
Project Manager, Lawrence J. Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts
Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

         Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:26:15 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru: One-day Conference
         In-Reply-To: <>

*/=C3=82=C2=91Words, Texts, and Dictionaries=C3=82=C2=92

/*For the first time ever a One-day conference will be held by
/Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru/ (the University of Wales historical
dictionary of the Welsh language) under the aegis of the Centre for
Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies on Saturday, 18 October 2008 in the
Centre's Seminar Room on the National Library of Wales site in Aberystwyth.


Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru a=C3=82=C2=92r ffordd ymlaen* / /The University of Wales
Welsh dictionary and the way ahead
/*Mr Andrew Hawke, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and
Celtic Studies
*Hywel Fychan a fi: y cop=C3=83=C2=AFydd heddiw* / /Hywel Fychan and I: the copyist
/*Dr Diana Luft, Cardiff University
*Chwilio am drywydd trwy=C3=82=C2=92r we o eiriau: ymchwilio hanes geirfa yn yr
unfed ganrif ar hugain* / /Searching for a path through the web of
words: researching the history of vocabulary in the twenty-first century/*
*Semi-automated construction of semantic networks using web corpora
*Professor Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis University
*Digitizing and revising the Academy=C3=82=C2=92s Dictionary of the Irish Language
*Professor Greg Toner, Ulster University

*Simultaenous translation facilities will be available for
Welsh-language lectures.

The registration fee for the conference, including morning coffee, lunch
and tea, is =C3=82=C2=A320 (without lunch: =C3=82=C2=A312.50). Free admission for students.

The closing date for registration will be 10 October 2008.

For further details please contact Angharad Elias, Administrative
Officer, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, National Library
of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3HH. Tel: (01970) 636543 Fax:
(01970) 639090 E-mail: <>
Further details:

         Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:31:46 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Call for papers: Computational Approaches to Semitic=20
         In-Reply-To: <>

EACL-2009 Workshop on
Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages

Co-located with The 12th Conference of the
European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Athens, Greece, either Tuesday, March 31st, or Monday, March 30th, 2009


The Semitic family includes many languages and dialects spoken by a
large number of native speakers (around 300 million). However, Semitic
languages as a whole are still understudied. The most prominent
members of this family are Arabic (and its dialects), Hebrew, Amharic,
Aramaic, Maltese and Syriac. Their shared ancestry is apparent through
pervasive cognate sharing, a rich and productive pattern-based
morphology, and similar syntactic constructions.

An increasing body of computational linguistics work is starting to
appear for both Arabic and Hebrew. Arabic alone, as the largest member
of the Semitic family, has been receiving much attention lately via
dedicated projects such as MEDAR, as well as workshops and conferences.
These include, among others, the Arabic Natural Language Processing
Workshop (ACL 2001, Toulouse, France), the workshop on Arabic Language
Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2002, Las Palmas, Canary Islands), a
special session on Arabic processing in Traitement Automatique du
Langage Naturel (TALN 2004, Fes, Morocco), the NEMLAR Arabic Language
Resources and Tools Conference (2004, Cairo, Egypt), The Challenge of
Arabic for NLP/MT (October 2006, London, U.K.), and the series of
workshops on Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages (ACL 1998,
Montreal, Canada; ACL 2005, Ann Arbor, USA; and ACL 2007, Prague,
Czech Republic) . The increase in attention to Arabic has been coupled
with a surge in computational resources for this language, made
available to the community by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) and
by the European Language Resources Association (ELRA/ELDA). Tools and
resources for other Semitic languages are being created at a slower
rate. While corpora and some tools are necessarily language-specific,
ideally there should be more cross-fertilization among research and
development efforts for different Semitic languages.

The workshop will be an opportunity for the Special Interest Group on
Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages (the SIG) to meet and
discuss future direction in Computational Linguistics and Natural
Language Processing approaches to Semitic Languages.


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