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FYI: Research Opportunity; Linguist's Search Engine

Author: Gisle Andersen

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: The Bergen Advanced Training Site in Multilingual Tools (BATMULT) a the University of Bergen, Norway offers interdisciplinary training in multilingual resources and tools. The training site provides training through courses, project work, and individual supervision, and is open to:
- fellows doing a PhD in computational linguistics, especially with reference to multilinguality and Scandinavian languages;
- fellows in computer science who work on language applications and who wish to extend and deepen their linguistic knowledge;
- fellows with linguistics, human sciences or social sciences background who wish to study the role of management of multilinguality and text encoding.

BATMULT is established through support from the European Union's 5th Framework Programme for Research, 'Improving Human Research Potential and the Socio-economic Knowledge Base', Marie Curie Host Fellowship scheme.

Doctoral students from EU member states are welcome to apply for vacant positions in 2004. Fellows will receive 1200 Euro per month in subsistence allowance, and will be refunded a two-way travel, restricted to economy class air and rail fare. For more information
about eligibility and how to apply, check, or send a message to

For the past while, we've been working on a project we call the Linguist's Search Engine (LSE), an easy-to-use Web tool that permits linguists to do searches they could not easily do on Google or Altavista -- for example, searches involving syntactic structure,
constructions, and the like. (I myself am interested in phenomena having to do with verb-argument realization, and there's just no way to ask a standard bag-of words search engine for, say, sentences with any inflection of such-and-such a verb used without a direct objec NP.)

I'm happy to say the LSE is now up, running, and available.
If we've done it right, what you'll find at
should be pretty self-explanatory. For those who prefer explanations of the non-self variety, a Getting Started Guide can be found a And for those who prefer to RTFM, TFM is at Finally, there are discussion forums set up at tha will, we hope, give rise to a genuine LSE user community on the Web.

Since the LSE has only been available to the general public for a short time, there may still be some technical glitches. If you encounter any problems, please bear with us, and e-mail us a to let us know. Please also let us know, via the discussion forums, what interesting experiences you have, positive or negative, and what features you'd like to see added to make the LSE more useful.


Philip Resnik, Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics and
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

1401 Marie Mount Hall UMIACS phone: (301) 405 6760
University of Maryland Linguistics : (301) 405-8903
College Park, MD 20742 USA

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