Date: Fri, 25 Feb 1994 15:06:47 -0500


Subject: GURT '94 Preconference Tutorials


March 13, 1994

Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 1994

The preconference tutorials will be held in the Intercultural Center

of Georgetown University on Sunday, March 13. Tuition is $75.00 per

tutorial. Please contact the individual organizers for more information.

Concordances and Corpora for Classroom and Research

Catherine Ball, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Washington, D.C. 20057-1068, 202/687-5812 or cball[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

In this tutorial, we will survey free and commercial sources for electronic

text corpora and will provide a critical review of concordancers as tools for

discovering facts about language. The tutorial will include a demonstration

of a popular scanner (HP and OCR package for creating electronic text, and we

will use Internet resources to find and retrieve free texts in various

languages. Participants will be introduced to a suite of concordancers.

There will be opportunity for hands-on use of our textual resources on both

Macs and PCs, including the above-mentioned concordancers, major text corpora

and collections, and several on-line dictionaries and encyclopedias on

CD-ROM. Participants will receive a copy of the tutorial notes (including

fact sheets for each area covered), and those who bring diskettes may take

away copies of the freeware. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

Criterion-Referenced Curriculum and Test Development

for Language Teachers and Administrators, Jeff Connor-Linton, Ph.D.

Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057-1068

202/687-6156 or connorlinton[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

This workshop is intended for second and foreign language teachers and

administrators at all levels of education. A model process for "bottom-up"

teacher development of a proficiency-oriented, criterion-referenced second/

foreign language curriculum and testing program will be described. The

development process is designed to enhance articulation and coherence between

levels of instruction and to foster communicating teaching practices.

Tools for Computer-Aided Analysis of Language Acquisition Data:

Training in Use of COALA, Catherine Doughty, Ph.D.

Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057-1068

202/687-6252 or doughtyc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

The purpose of this tutorial is to introduce participants to a soon-to-be-

released software package designed for the automated analysis of language

acquisition data. COALA (computer-aided linguistic analysis; Pienemann,

Jansen, and Thornton 1992) is essentially a relational database with an

interface offering the language analyst a transcription aid, coding tools,

analysis tools (formulaic searching), and report generation.