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
In order to spur the development of the Ergo Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools for other languages we are seeking individuals, departments, and companies who would like to have training to create patented NLP tools like those of Ergo in other languages. We are currently not offering any funding for this, but we would be willing to be partners in such developments with other companies. We would also be willing to serve as consultants as the parsers are developed for other languages. We estimate that it will require from 18 to 24 months of work for 2 or 3 individuals to extend the Ergo tools to another language. Derek Bickerton and myself will both be available for the training and consultation.
The tools that we have developed offer improvements in Navigation and Control, Dialoging, and Web and Database searching through enhanced grammatical analysis. Demos of the technology are available a http://www.ergo-ling.com . A more detailed discussion of the sorts of abilities that will be possible is presented at the VRML Consortium Web site as standards for the development of NLP tools for animations (http://www.vrml.org/WorkingGroups/NLP-ANIM).
We recently won the Best Technology award at the VSMM '98 Multi Media and Virtual Reality conference in Japan.
The languages we would most like to do first are Spanish, German, Russian, and Japanese. Though we will work with whatever languages serious researchers would like to work with.
Our main requirement is that these be serious inquiries only and we would like to establish that the individuals or groups who would like this training are capable of completing the project. Please respond privately to the numbers below.
Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D. President and CEO Ergo Linguistic Technologies 2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175 Honolulu, HI 96822
Announcing a new series from Oxford University Press
Oxford Studies in Language and Gender
Series editor: Mary Bucholtz (Texas A&M University)
In the past decade, the subfield of linguistics known as language and gender studies has undergone an intellectual renaissance. From its original concern with sexist language in the 1970s and the 1980s' debate over "difference" and "dominance" models, language and gender research in the 1990s has developed its links to feminist and social theory and expanded its scope to include the interaction of gender with race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, nationality, and other dimensions of social identity. This new body of work builds on the foundations of earlier research while integrating key insights of recent theory.
Oxford Studies in Language and Gender offers a broad-based interdisciplinary forum for the best new scholarship in the field. The mandate of the series is to encourage innovative work on language and gender, a goal that may be achieved through the revisitation of familiar topics from fresh vantage points, through the introduction of new avenues of research, or through new theoretical or methodological frameworks. Volumes may be authored by scholars in such disciplines as anthropology, sociology, literary studies, education, psychology, ethnic studies, and women's studies, as well as linguistics. In addition, monographs, textbooks, and edited collections that fit the series's emphasis on innovation will be appropriate for inclusion.
Advisory board Penelope Eckert (Stanford University) Kira Hall (Yale University) Janet Holmes (Victoria University) Miyako Inoue (Stanford University) Don Kulick (University of Stockholm) Sally McConnell-Ginet (Cornell University) Marcyliena Morgan (University of California, Los Angeles/Harvard University) Deborah Tannen (Georgetown University) Ana Celia Zentella (Hunter College, City University of New York)
Manuscripts are currently being solicited for publication in Oxford Studies in Language and Gender. Contact the series editor for further information:
Mary Bucholtz Department of English Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843-4227 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www-english.tamu.edu/pers/fac/bucholtz/oslg/
We will be holding the Second Multimedia Forum on New Technologies and their Impact on Second Language Teaching and Learning under the auspices of the 67th Congress de l'ACFAS at the University of Ottawa between May 10 and 14, 1999. For more information please email email@example.com.
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