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FYI: MA program in Mexico,Tibetan Info,ACL 2000 Form


Author: MAYELLA ALMAZAN ARREOLA

FYI Body: MASTER´S PROGRAM IN LINGUISTICS AT THE UNIVERSIDAD DE QUERETARO
(MEXICO)WITH SPECIAL FOCUS ON: DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS (OTOPAMEAN
LANGUAGES), LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (L1 & L2), SPANISH SYNTAX-SEMANTICS AND
COGNITIVE LINGUISTICS.

THE BASIC PROGRAM CONCENTRATES ON PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH A SOLID TRAINING
IN LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, OFFERING COURSES ON FORMAL AND FUNCTIONAL
APPROACHES TO PHONOLOGY, MORPHOLOGY, SYNTAX, SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS.
NEVERTHELESS, THE MOST DISTINCTIVE TRAIT OF THIS PROGRAM IS ITS OVERALL
EMPHASIS ON THE COGNITIVE APPROACH TO LANGUAGE. SPECIALIZED SEMINARS ARE
OFFERED IN THE AREAS MENTIONED. IN THESE SEMINARS, STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP THEIR OWN RESEARCH PROJECTS, WHICH WILL BECOME THE BASIS FOR THEIR
MASTER´S THESES.

QUERETARO IS A BEAUTIFUL COLONIAL CITY WITH A POPULATION OF APPROXIMATELY
ONE MILLION. IT IS LOCATED JUST TWO HOURS NORTHWEST OF MEXICO CITY. ITS
WEATHER IS RANKED AMONGST THE BEST OF MEXICO AND OTOPAMEAN LANGUAGES ARE
SPOKEN IN THE AREA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO:

http://www.uaq.mx/lenguas/maestria/ling.html

OR CONTACT US AT

MASTER´S PROGRAM IN LINGUISTICS/FLL
UNIVERSIDAD DE QUERETARO
CERRO DE LAS CAMPANAS S/N
76010 QUERETARO, QRO.
MEXICO
TEL. (52) (4) 216.2475
FAX. (52)(4) 216.7466
EMAIL: quesadam@sunserver.uaq.mx

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Dr. Mayella Almazan
Facultad de Lenguas y Letras
Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro
76010 Queretaro, Queretaro
MEXICO
Telfax. (+0052) (4) 2162475
Email: maye@sunserver.uaq.mx




I would like to announce a pre-publication version of
our paper at:
http://www.ghg.net/dstilwell/paper2.PDF (~1.5 MB). It is
entitled "An Electronic Grammar of the Tibetan Syllables"
and will be given as a handout by Marvin Moser in his talk
about the Tibetan OCR project at the Electronic Buddhis
Text Initiative (EBTI) session at the Joint Pacific
Neighborhood Conference at the University of California a
Berkeley, Jan 11-17, 2000.

There are some very good reasons to distribute it at this
meeting, but the chief reason is that we have already
secured the permission of the Conference Organizers to
publish the paper on the Web, to send it via e-mail, etc.
This allows us to send the pointer (URL) to Linguists and
researchers in Intelligent Systems for their use. We also
have all of our data and source code available in a file
at: http://www.ghg.net/dstilwell/newdata.zip (~2MB).
Because the data is Excel and Text format, it is very easy
for others to use or peruse.

Currently, Marvin Moser, the author of Tibetan for Windows
is helping to correct any typos remaining in our Tibetan
renditions. Most of it is correct as it stands with only
a few typos remaining.

To give you the barest of details about the paper and data,
I would like to say that this is probably the first time the

expert system programming language CLIPS was used to analyze

any script, but it is unlikely that any script other than
Tibetan has a similar set of patterns. We think that our
results should be of great interest to Linguists and
especially those involved with computational methods of
analysis. The paper is approximately 30 pages and has a
number of color graphics, but it prints well in B/W.

We encourage Linguists to comment on what we have discovered

and to ask any questions that might allow them to do their
own studies of the Tibetan language.

- Don Stilwell, MSE, JD
dstilwell@ghg.ne
Tibetan OCR Projec
http://www.serve.com/dstilwell/index.html





Folks,

The 2000 ACL Membership/Order Form is now revised for the upcoming year.
It will appear in the December issue of the Computational Linguistics
Journal and will be available at http://www.aclweb.org/membership by
Christmas. A hardcopy will be mailed to all current and recently-lapsed
members as well.

I hope your holidays will be happy and 2000 brings each of you the very best,

Priscilla Rasmussen
ACL Business Manager


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