LINGUIST List 10.997

Mon Jun 28 1999

FYI: Military Lang Programs, Three New Web Sites

Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <>


  1. default, Military Linguist Update, New languages this week.
  2. Rob Watt, new text analysis software
  3. Steven Bird, Linguistic Exploration
  4. Humanist Discussion Group, Internet Grammar of English

Message 1: Military Linguist Update, New languages this week.

Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 11:42:35 -0700
From: default <>
Subject: Military Linguist Update, New languages this week.

Our phone numbers have changed, If you would like to
look into the opportunities for learning foreign languages with the
United States Army, You may now contact Staff Sergeant Sarah Chapman At
702-639-2048 or myself Staff Sergeant Bill Hudon at 702-639-2047. Our
E-mail is still This week we do have one slot
for a Vietnamese class and 2 for Persian Farsi. I can always of course
use the able minded to learn Russian, Arabic, Korean and Chinese
Mandarin. Check out our earlier postings for more info.(search
military). I am still trying a buddy program where I can place two
people in the same language class at the same time so that there is a
friendly familiar face to study with. I can probably place more than
two, but I haven't had anyone interested yet. We are a new program for
the Army, so if someone tells you we can't guarantee a language, they
would have been right 8 months ago.

 Bill Hudon
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Message 2: new text analysis software

Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 23:24:21 +0100
From: Rob Watt <>
Subject: new text analysis software

My recently-published software called Concordance is now 
available for download. This is sophisticated text analysis software 
for making concordances, wordlists, and Web Concordances. It is 
already in use among language teachers, lexicographers, 
historians, linguists, and literary scholars, for example because of 
its ability to display the most frequent collocations of words. It also 
supports many different Western languages. 

Its unique ability, however, is to turn a concordance into HTML 
ready for the web with a single click. 

The unregistered version of Concordance is freely downloadable 
from This is a fully functional 
version with a time limit. 

Rob Watt
Download Concordance at
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Message 3: Linguistic Exploration

Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 08:29:03 EDT
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Linguistic Exploration

 Linguistic Exploration

This page describes online corpora and tools for empirical linguistic
research. It has been compiled in connection with my study of formal
models for representing multimodal linguistic field data, and on
platform-independent open-source tools for manipulating such data.
The page includes pointers to about 20 existing efforts in this area.
Please let me know if I've missed anything.

Assoc Director, LDC; Adj Assoc Prof, CIS & Linguistics
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
3615 Market St, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2608
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Message 4: Internet Grammar of English

Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 13:36:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
Subject: Internet Grammar of English




The Survey of English Usage, University College London, is pleased to 
announce the release of the Internet Grammar of English. 

The Internet Grammar is an online course in English grammar written 
primarily for university undergraduates. However, we hope that it will be 
useful to everyone who is interested in the English language. The approach 
is broadly traditional, though we have made use, where appropriate, of 
modern theoretical work. 

The grammar course consists of the following main sections: 

Word Classes
Introducing Phrases
Clauses & Sentences
Form & Function
Functions in Phrases

Within these sections, the course is designed as a series of linked topics. 
Most topics contain interactive exercises, which provide immediate feedback 
based on the answers submitted. Some topics are illustrated using JavaScript 

The Internet Grammar is fully searchable, and it includes a comprehensive 
Glossary of grammatical terms and an Index. 

The Internet Grammar is now available at this address:

To avoid potentially long download times, the Internet Grammar is also 
available on CD-ROM. Prices start at 25 Pounds Sterling (GBP) + VAT, where 
applicable. Institutional and network versions are charged at different 
rates. For full details, visit the website above, or email the Survey of 
English Usage at

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Survey of English Usage
Department of English
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Telephone: 0171-419-3119 Marie Gibney (Administrator)
 0171-419-3120 SEU Research Unit
Fax: 0171-916-2054
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