LINGUIST List 11.1833

Wed Aug 30 2000

FYI: NSF-NATO Fellowships, Old English Corpus

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  1. Catherine N. Ball, NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships (deadline: Nov. 28, 2000)
  2. Susan Pintzuk, Annotated Old English Corpus

Message 1: NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships (deadline: Nov. 28, 2000)

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 14:37:55 -0400
From: Catherine N. Ball <>
Subject: NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships (deadline: Nov. 28, 2000)

Dear Students and Colleagues in Linguistics and the Language Sciences:

The National Science Foundation has just announced a competition for 
postdoctoral fellowships. Full details are in the program 
announcement, at .

Synopsis of Program: On behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization (NATO), the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites 
applications for 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships from 
beginning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Approximately 5 
fellowships will be offered to US scientists for research abroad and 
approximately 13 awards will be made to US institutions that would 
like to host scientists from NATO Partner countries (Albania, 
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, 
Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russian 
Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the 
former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan). 
Eligible fields of research are: mathematics, engineering, computer 
and information science, geosciences, the physical, biological, 
social, behavioral, and economic sciences, the history and philosophy 
of science, and interdisciplinary areas comprised of two or more of 
these fields. Research in the teaching and learning of science, 
mathematics, technology, and engineering is also eligible for 
support. Application deadline is November 28, 2000. Awards will be 
announced March 30, 2001.

 -- Cathy Ball
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Catherine N. Ball, Ph.D.
Program Director, Linguistics
Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences
National Science Foundation
Rm. 995, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22230
Phone: (703) 292-8731
Attn PIs: FastLane submission req'd as of Oct. 1 2000!
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Message 2: Annotated Old English Corpus

Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 12:35:15 +0100
From: Susan Pintzuk <>
Subject: Annotated Old English Corpus

 The Brooklyn-Geneva-Amsterdam-Helsinki Parsed Corpus
 of Old English

The Brooklyn-Geneva-Amsterdam-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old
English (henceforth the Brooklyn Corpus) is a selection of
texts from the Old English Section of the Helsinki Corpus of
English Texts, annotated to facilitate searches on lexical
items and syntactic structure. It is intended for the use of
students and scholars of the history of the English language.
The Brooklyn Corpus contains 106,210 words of Old English text;
the samples from the longer texts are 5,000 to 10,000 words in
length. The texts represent a range of dates of composition,
authors, and genres. The texts in the Brooklyn Corpus are
syntactically and morphologically annotated, and each word is
glossed. The size of the corpus is approximately 12 megabytes.

The syntactic annotations enable the users to pose and answer
questions about word order, constituent order, abstract
structure, and syntactic and morphological characteristics of
the texts in the corpus. The annotations are general-purpose
and as theory-neutral as possible, while still incorporating
the insights of modern linguistic theory; they can be used by
scholars with widely varying research interests. The syntactic
annotations mark constituents, both clausal and non-clausal, by
labelled brackets, with some relations marked by empty
categories. The structure assigned to a sentence by the
labelled bracketing can be quite complex, but it is not a
complete syntactic analysis: the function of the bracketing is
not to assign a structure to Old English sentences but rather
to facilitate searches.

The Brooklyn Corpus is available without fee for educational
and research purposes, but it is not in the public domain. More
information about the Brooklyn Corpus and how to access it is
available at .
Downloading the Brooklyn Corpus Manual is unrestricted, but the
corpus texts and search scripts are available only to users who
agree formally to the conditions of use.
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