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I am so sorry that I will not be able to be there as I have prior commitment. 
 Please make sure that Rachel Channon gets this opportunity to interact.

Charles Butler



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From: Stefan Wöhrmann <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Fri, May 6, 2011 4:55:54 PM
Subject: Adam will present signwriting at Gallaudet University

 
Hi Valerie and friends ... 
 
 
 
Congratulation Adam to be one of the presenters ... This is great! 
 
Stefan 
 
 
 
We are pleased to announce a workshop titled _Building sign language corpora in 
North  America_ .
 
Purpose of workshop: There are many definitions of a language corpus. One such 
definition offered by McEnery, Xiao and Tono (2006) is a collection of texts in 
a given language that is representative, comprehensive, accessible, 
machine-readable and searchable. There are several ongoing language corpora 
projects focused on the documentation of sign languages in countries like  
Australia , The Netherlands, the  United Kingdom and  Germany . To date, there 
have been several workshops in Europe on various aspects of building a sign 
language corpus (e.g., the SLCN series of workshops co- organized by Onno 
Crasborn and colleagues). This workshop will provide a much needed opportunity 
for researchers based in the US  and Canada  to share experiences from their 
work in this area, as well as share ideas for future projects.
 
Program information: The workshop will begin on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 8:30 
am and take place at Gallaudet   University , in the Student Academic Center 
(SAC), Room 1011. The complete list of presenters is as follows:
 
• Ted Supalla ( University   of Rochester )
 
• Christian Rathmann ( University   of Hamburg )
 
• Trevor Johnston ( Macquarie  University ), Adam Schembri (La Trobe 
University),  Kearsy Cormier ,  Jordan Fenlon, and Ramas Rentelis (University 
College London) “Type-token matching in annotated SL corpora: Examples from the 
Auslan and BSL corpus projects”
 
• Rosalee Wolfe, John C. McDonald, and Jerry Schnepp (  DePaul University ) 
“Synthetic and acquired corpora: meeting at the annotation”
 
• Ronnie B. Wilbur, Kadir Gokgoz and Robin Shay ( Purdue   University ), Aleix 
Martinez (  Ohio State   University ) “Mechanics and Issues in Making ASL 
Databases Available”
 
• Carol Neidle ( Boston  University )
 
• Kearsy Cormier, Jordan Fenlon and Ramas Rentelis (University College London), 
Adam Schembri (La Trobe University), Trevor Johnston (  Macquarie University ) 
“Multiple access levels and multiple interfaces of the BSL and Auslan Corpora”
 
• Jonathan Keane (University of Chicago), Susan Rizzo (University of Chicago), 
Diane Brentari (Purdue University), and Jason Riggle (University of Chicago) 
“Phonetic coding of fingerspelling”
 
• Adam Frost (Gallaudet University)
“Sign Language Corpus using SignWriting”
 
• Diane Lillo-Martin, University   of Connecticut
 
In addition, on Sunday, May 22, 2011, from 9 am to noon, there will be an ELAN 
training session by Julie Hochgesang for those who are interested.
 
Conference languages: We welcome presentations in ASL or International Sign 
(IS), and will provide ASL/English and ASL/IS interpretation.
 
Registration information: Registration is free but required and due by May 16, 
2011. To register, please send an email to [log in to unmask] with 
the following
information:
 
(i) your name
(ii) your affiliation
(iii) your email address
(iv) whether you wish to participate in the ELAN training on Sunday
 
There is a fee of $10 for lunch on Saturday – please bring this in cash with you 
to the workshop.
 
Lodging information: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden 
Inn, which is located next to the New York Avenue/Gallaudet metro station on the 
Red Line and about 8-10 minutes walking distance from the workshop venue. For 
workshop participants, the hotel is offering a discounted rate of $129/night 
plus 14.5% taxes. The discounted rate is good until May 13, 2011. To make 
reservations, please call the toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS or the hotel 
directly at 202-408-4870 and identify yourself as a member of the Corpus 
Workshop group when making the reservation. Alternatively, you may book online 
at the following link and use the booking code CORPU. 

 
http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=DCANMGI
 
Co-organizers:
Julie Hochgesang, Gene Mirus, and Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University)