13.0187 new language resources service

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 14 Sep 1999 06:55:37 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 187.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 06:51:56 +0100
From: lawson <lawson@ids-mannheim.de>
Subject: ELAN Internet Service

Apologies for multiple copies!


ELAN: European Language Activity Network (EU-funded MLIS 121 Project)

Dear All,

A new language resources internet service is to be launched soon: The
European Language Activity Network (ELAN).

What is new about this service?

For a user with network access to various linguistic resources,
exploration is often hampered by the fact that each provider grants access
to his data by means of an exploration environment that is specifically
designed for the local resources. The aim of the project ELAN is to
eliminate this problem by forming a convergence of the technological
achievements so far.

ELAN aims at the design of a common query language (ELAN-CQL) which will
reinforce or, where necessary, create international standards.

The Benefit.

That means ELAN will provide a userfriendly online service for querying
European language resources using a single uniform interface. The default
operating language of the graphical interface will be English but
translations of the operating terms into many of the languages involved
will be available, too, to enable members of the User Community belonging
to different language communities to do research ON their language as well
as IN their language.

Language Resources: the basis of ELAN.

ELAN will provide standardised resources of the following languages:
Belgian French, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English,
Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian,
Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovene,
Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

They will comprise textual resources (corpora) ranging from 1 - 4 million
words or more for each language, and lexical resources (several kinds of
lexicons) ranging from 5000 to 20 000 entries or more for each language.

Service: ELAN User Community.
To guide the User through its various facilities and and help with any
problems or questions, ELAN will offer a User Community. Members of this
Community will have full access to the ELAN Network, an e-mail user group,
and a hotline they may turn to with questions and requests.

More information?

Anyone interested in the new service who would like more information or
would like to become a member of the ELAN User Community, please visit our
website http://solaris3.ids-mannheim.de/elan/ or send an e-mail to
elan@ids-mannheim.de .

Dr Ann Lawson Multilinguale Forschung
lawson@ids-mannheim.de Institut für deutsche Sprache
Tel: +49 621 1581 112 R5, 6-13
Fax: +49 621 1581 415 D-68161 Mannheim

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