LINGUIST List 10.1921

Sun Dec 12 1999

Qs: Acquisition of trills, NLP research

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  1. Martin J Ball, Acquisition of trills; Rhotics
  2. Niladri Sekhar Dash, NLP

Message 1: Acquisition of trills; Rhotics

Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 13:54:57 +0000
From: Martin J Ball <>
Subject: Acquisition of trills; Rhotics

Other sources having come up empty, I'd welcome help in finding 
literature on the following two related topics:

1) Studies of the normal acquisition of apical trills in languages 
that have them (e.g. Italian, Spanish, etc etc)

2) Discussion on the nature of the rhotic category, e.g. whether 
trills and approximants can really form a single class 

Please reply directly to me; I'll be happy to post a summary if 
sufficient information is forthcoming.

Martin J. Ball, PhD
Professor of Phonetics & Linguistics
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
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Message 2: NLP

Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 01:51:21 PST
From: Niladri Sekhar Dash <>
Subject: NLP

In my recent research in NLP, from a written corpus of Bangla, I have
accumulated a huge number of surface wordforms, which are ambiguous
both in form and function. These forms posit great problem for
morphological processing, parts-of-speech tagging and other related
works. For disambiguation, I have applied a few methods such as
lexical association, probabilty measure, internal structure of the
wordfrom, contexual occurrence etc., but the result is not
satisfactory. Hence, I would earnestly request the experts in this
area to guide me. I would be grateful if anybody can give me the
information if any work is done in this area or if any
article/book/journal etc. is available for the purpose.

I convey my thanks in advance.

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With kind regards,

Niladri Sekhar Dash
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit
Indian Statistical Institute
203, B.T. Road
Calcutta - 700 035.
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