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FYI: Training, Lang. & Gender, Multimedia Forum

Author: Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.

FYI Body: 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 . 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

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.

Phil Bralich

Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Ergo Linguistic Technologies
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808)539-3920
Fax: (808)539-3924

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

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

Hlne Knoerr
Institut des langues secondes
Universit d'Ottawa
600 King Edward
OTTAWA, Ontario K1H 7P7
(613) 562-5800/ 3475
(613) 562-5126 (fax)

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