9.393 MLA sessions

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Mon, 18 Dec 1995 22:06:46 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 393.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: grockwel@mcmaster.ca (18)
Subject: MLA Session

[2] From: U35395%UICVM.bitnet@interbit.cren.net (40)
Subject: MLA sessions

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 09:44:10 -0500
From: grockwel@mcmaster.ca
Subject: MLA Session

* Teaching Early Drama with Modern Technology: the Message and the Media *

We would like to invite those of you who are going to the MLA at Chicago to
come to a session on _Teaching Early Drama with Modern Technology: the
Message and the Media_ sponsored by MRDS (Medieval and Renaissance Drama
Society). For more information you can consult a web page with links to the


The session will be held Friday 29th of December, 8:30-9:45 am, Toronto
Room, at the Hyatt Regency.

An on-line discussion around the same topic is being held on REED-L. If you
are not already a member of REED-L, you can join by sending a message to
Abigail Young at reed@epas.utoronto.ca.


Geoffrey Rockwell, McMaster University
Sall-Beth MacLean, University of Toronto
Dennis Jerz, University of Toronto

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 09:49:11 -0500
From: U35395%UICVM.bitnet@interbit.cren.net
Subject: MLA sessions

Two sessions at the Modern Language Association which may be of interest
to readers of this list have such spare descriptions in the program
that MLA-goers might easily overlook them. In the hopes that John
Lavagnino and I won't end up speaking to a completely empty room, I
append a description of the sessions as we plan them. Our intention is
to make the sessions as interactive and workshop-like as is feasible
within the constraints of the MLA convention; anyone with an interest
in electronic text, text encoding, or the TEI is encouraged to attend.

-C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
University of Illinois at Chicago
ACH/ACL/ALLC Text Encoding Initiative


Session 540 "Text Encoding Initiative I: Guidelines"
Friday 29 December, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Speakers: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen and John Lavagnino

This session will introduce the Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding
and Interchange developed by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). The
session will first discuss the rationale for the TEI and the manner by
which, with the help of scores of researchers, the Guidelines were
created. Using simple examples, we will show how the TEI encoding
scheme uses SGML to identify salient features of a text, so that they
can be read and handled properly by software.

Some of the theoretical implications of markup for electronic texts will
also be discussed: in particular, the problems of vagueness and
uncertainty, the issue of interpretation in markup and the possibility
of objective markup, and some of the assumptions about humanistic
scholarship implicit in structure of the TEI Guidelines.

Session 730 "Text Encoding Initiative II: Applications"
Saturday 30 December, 12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
Speakers: John Lavagnino and C. M. Sperberg-McQueen

This session will continue the discussion of the TEI Guidelines begun
in session 540, showing a variety of applications of the TEI scheme.
The session will begin with an overview of the various specialized
tag sets included in the TEI Guidelines, which make it possible to mark
up texts for metrical, text-critical, and linguistic analysis, as well
as for hypertext linking and other methods of working with text. A
quick introduction to the main types of SGML software (with short
demonstrations, if possible) will follow, with a discussion of ways in
which TEI-encoded texts can be delivered over the network. In
conclusion, some projects now making use of TEI markup will be described.