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Old Tomorrow: Sir John A. online

Library and Archives Canada has launched a new online exhibit devoted to the life and career Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald:

“As well as presenting an exhibition of photographs, documentary art and other unique records held at Library and Archives Canada, this Web project introduces tens of thousands of pages from Macdonald’s political papers and correspondence that will be made available online for the first time in 2008, enabling all Canadians to learn about Macdonald’s life, career and legacy.”


The three stages of language acquisition

A blog by by Steve Kaufmann, former Canadian diplomat who has had his own company in the international trade of forest products for over 20 years.

Kaufmann founded The Linguist Institute Ltd. in 2002 to develop a new approach to language learning using the web. The new LingQ system for learning multiple languages is now available.

This system reflects work on the early stages of language learning done by Prof. Fred Genesee of McGill University:

“When learning occurs, neuro-chemical communication between neurons is facilitated, in other words a neural network is gradually established. Exposure to unfamiliar speech sounds is initially registered by the brain as undifferentiated neural activity. As exposure continues, the listener (and the brain) learns to differentiate among different sounds and even among short sequences of sounds that correspond to words or parts of words…”

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New TAPoR Portal

TAPoR has launched a new, useful portal to showcase its impressive range of digital text analysis resources for scholars, and to provide easy access to its Open Source tools.

You can browse TAPoR projects (including UVic’s) to get a sense of the range of possibilities TAPoR offers.

TAPoR is an acronym for Text Analysis Portal for Research, a CFI supported project involving researchers from six universities across Canada, including the University of Victoria, who work with electronic texts and text analysis. The word “tapor” is an Old English form of “taper” − a wick or candle.

Weekend treat: Decadent Rome

“The story I now commence is rich in vicissitudes, grim with warfare, torn by civil strife, a tale of horror even during times of peace”. So reads page one of The Histories by the Roman historian Tacitus and it doesn’t disappoint.

Tacitus’ Rome is a hotbed of sex and violence, of excessive wealth and senatorial corruption. His work is a pungent study in tyranny and decline that has influenced depictions of Rome, from Gibbon’s Decline and Fall to Robert Graves’ I, Claudius.

From BBC Radio 4’s superb series, In Our Time, the last program of the current season: Tacitus and The Decadence of Rome.

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MLA Style Manual, 3rd edition

It’s a measure of the new respectability of online scholarly communication that the MLA Style Manual now gives equal weight to both paper and electronic citation forms.
Kevin S. Hawkins, an electronic publishing librarian at the University of Michigan, reviews the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition in the latest issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing, and identifies many of the changes–good and bad.

Bibliography for Google Book Search

The Google Book Search Bibliography, Version 2 is now available from Digital Scholarship.

This bibliography presents selected English-language articles and other works that are useful in understanding Google Book Search. It primarily focuses on the evolution of Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories.

Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical.

Bibliography 2008: University of Victoria, May 2008

Atelier international/ International Workshop
University of Victoria, Faculty of Humanities, DSB 112
28-29 May 2008

Histoire du livre, histoire du texte, histoire des disciplines:
traditions et croisées bibliographiques

Bibliographical Trends and Traditions: History of the Book,
History of the Text, History of Knowledge

An interdisciplinary event open to all / Une rencontre pluri-disciplinaire ouverte à tous.

Contact / information: Hélène Cazes, hcazes@uvic.ca

Program/ programme http://web.uvic.ca/~editeur/

For more information visit Editor/Editor