It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
Cascadilla Press is pleased to announce a web version of Linguistics Working Papers Abstracts, with free access to institutional subscribers. The web site includes all the information published in LWPA, including hundreds of abstracts and information about over 20 working papers series. The site is fully searchable.
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English Resource Grammar Online Consortium
The existing ERGO Consortium for HPSG grammar development, coordinated by Stanford University, is not related to the recently announced Ergo Linguistic Technologies based in Hawaii. Derek Bickerton and Phil Bralich recently announced the availability of a web site for an English parser using the address "www.ergo-ling.com". Their choice of name for their company (Ergo Linguistic Technologies) unfortunately creates the potential for confusion in the CL research community, because of the prior existence of the ERGO (English Resource Grammar Online) Consortium, a collection of U.S. and Canadian research groups engaged in the cooperative implementation of a broad-coverage HPSG grammar of English. This consortium bears no relation to Bralich's company, and the grammar we are developing is currently intended for research and teaching, not for commercial applications.
The ERGO Consortium was established in January 1996 at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University. Its goal is to develop an increasingly robust, multi-purpose, computational implementation of English based on the analytic framework of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Consortium members both contribute to and benefit from the shared resources of the consortium, including lexicon and grammar fragments suitable for teaching or as the basis for grant-sponsored research projects.
Initial contributing members of the ERGO Consortium are: Stanford University (CSLI), Brandeis University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Beckman Institute), Simon Fraser University, and the German AI Research Center (DFKI) in Saarbruecken. An initial project with IBM has allowed the consortium to develop on-line lexicons suitable for diverse purposes. Members added in the past year include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of California a Berkeley, SUNY Buffalo, the University of Sydney, and the Oregon Graduate Institute. The consortium also includes participating or interested individual researchers at SRI, AT&T, IBM, and Boeing.
The software platform for grammar development used in the consortium is the PAGE system developed and supported by the German Artificial Intelligence Institute (DFKI) in Saarbruecken, Germany. The grammar itself is maintained a CSLI within the English Resource Grammar project, established in 1994 and directed by Ivan Sag as part of the long-term HPSG project at CSLI. An initial release of the grammar to the consortium was made in April 1996, and has been used by members for both instruction and research, with succeeding releases planned semi-annually to incorporate extensions in coverage.
Interested researchers working on English in HPSG are invited to contact CSLI for more information on the ERGO consortium, at the following address:
Dan Flickinger ERGO Project Manager CSLI, Stanford University email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing a lighthearted web page for linguists:
Operation Branch Out! Brought to you by the Coalition for the Eradication of John, Mary, Bill and Sue from Linguistic Example Sentences (CEJMBSLES, for short) is now ONLINE at:
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Kim Mellen Department of Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin email@example.com http://ccwf.cc.utexas.edu/~kmel