December 2015 Newsletter

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

New Corpora

2006 CoNLL Shared Task - Arabic & Czech

2006 CoNLL Shared Task - Ten Languages

GALE Phase 3 Chinese Broadcast News Speech

GALE Phase 3 Chinese Broadcast News Transcripts


Renew your LDC membership today

Membership Year 2016 (MY2016) discounts are available for those who keep their membership current and join early in the year. 

Now is also a good time to consider joining LDC for the current and open membership years, MY2015 and MY2014.  MY2015 includes data such as RATS Speech Activity Detection and updates to Penn Treebank. MY2014 remains open through the end of the 2015 calendar year and its publications include UN speech data, 2009 NIST LRE test set, 2007 ACE multilingual data, and multi-channel WSJ audio. For full descriptions of these data sets, visit our Catalog

Spring 2016 LDC Data Scholarship Program - deadline approaching

The deadline for the Spring 2016 LDC Data Scholarship Program is right around the corner! Student applications are being accepted now through January 15, 2016, 11:59PM EST. The LDC Data Scholarship program provides university students with access to LDC data at no cost. This program is open to students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate studies in an accredited college or university. LDC Data Scholarships are not restricted to any particular field of study; however, students must demonstrate a well-developed research agenda and a bona fide inability to pay. 

Students will need to complete an application which consists of a data use proposal and letter of support from their adviser. For further information on application materials and program rules, please visit the LDC Data Scholarship page.

Students can email their applications to the LDC Data Scholarships program. Decisions will be sent by email from the same address.

LDC at LSA 2016

LDC will be exhibiting at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held January 7-10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Stop by booth 110 to learn more about recent developments at the Consortium and new publications. Also, be on the lookout for the following presentations:

Satellite Workshop: Preparing Your Corpus for Archival Storage
Malcah Yaeger-Dror (University of Arizona) and Christopher Cieri (LDC)
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 8:00am to 3:00pm, Salon 4

Broadening connections among researchers in linguistics and human language technologies
Jeff Good (University at Buffalo) and Christopher Cieri (LDC)
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 7:30am to 9:00am, Salon 1

Diachronic development of pitch contrast in Seoul Korean
Sunghye Cho (UPenn), Yong-cheol Lee (Cheongju University) and Mark Liberman (LDC)
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Salon 1

LDC will post conference updates via our Twitter feed and Facebook page. We hope to see you there!   

LDC to close for Winter Break

LDC will be closed from Friday, December 25, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016 in accordance with the University of Pennsylvania Winter Break Policy. Our offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016. Requests received for membership renewals and corpora during the Winter Break will be processed at that time.