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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: HPSG project url, Events in Brisbane


FYI Body: We have now set up a website for the SOAS HPSG ellipsis project (URL
http://semantics.soas.ac.uk/ellip/). This is an EPSRC-funded
computational project for the parsing and resolution of ellipsis
structures, directed by Professor Shalom Lappin.

The system we have developed comprises an HPSG [1] typed feature
grammar for a fragment of English including some of the most often
cited ellipsis structures (currently intersentential VP ellipsis and
ACE), and a postprocessing procedure for resolving the ellipsis by "in
situ" reconstruction. The system is implemented in ProFIT [2]. The
site makes the programs available to researchers, along with
documentation covering related theoretical and implementational

Any enquiries or comments please to HG4@soas.ac.uk or SL3@soas.ac.uk

Howard Gregory

[1] Pollard, C. and I.Sag (1994): Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar
[2] Erbach, G. (1995): Prolog with Features, Inheritance and Templates


The dates for the following mid-year Linguistics events to be held in
Brisbane in 1998 have been set:

30 June - 3 July: ALAA conference.

The ALAA conference will commence with a Plenary on the evening of
June 30 and will conclude on the evening of July 3. It will be held
at Griffith University (Nathan Campus).
ALAA Convenor:
Gary Birch
Faculty of Education
Griffith University
Nathan 4111
Email: g.birch@edn.gu.edu.au

3 July - 5 July: ALS conference.
The first day of the ALS conference will be a joint program with the
ALAA conference. All sessions will be held at Griffith University (a
bus will be provided to transport people from Emmanuel College,
University of Queensland to Griffith University on July 3). The July
4-5 program will be held at Emmanuel College, which will also be the
ALI venue. (Conference Registration: Evening of July 2 at Emmanuel
College and morning of July 3 at Griffith University.)

ALS Convenor:
John Ingram
Department of English
The University of Queensland 4072
Email: jingram@lingua.cltr.uq.oz.au

6 July - 16 July: ALI98
ALI will be held at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland.
Courses will be held Monday to Thursday. Workshops and symposia are
scheduled for Friday and Saturday (July 10-11). Updated information
about ALI98 will be posted regularly a
http://www.cltr.uq.oz.au:8000/ali98. For other information please
Mary Laughren
Department of English
The University of Queensland 4072
Email: maryl@lingua.cltr.uq.oz.au

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