LINGUIST List 11.2653

Thu Dec 7 2000

Qs: OCR for Syriac, Anaphora Resolution Software

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  1. Prem Fernando, OCR for Syriac
  2. Copperman, Max, Anaphora Resolution Software

Message 1: OCR for Syriac

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 19:57:38 -0000
From: Prem Fernando <>
Subject: OCR for Syriac

I am a research student and looking for information on scanning and OCR 
[Object Character Recognition] for Syriac letters. I would be thankful 
for any information on this line for any ancient languages.

Looking for contacts, software, papers etc.

Please respond to me directly (

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Message 2: Anaphora Resolution Software

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 08:47:03 -0800
From: Copperman, Max <>
Subject: Anaphora Resolution Software

Dear Linguists, 
I'm looking for anaphora resolution software. The ideal would be a package
that takes an xml file
and tags anaphorically-related elements, with some measure of control over
what elements
get tagged---but I'm not proud, a research prototype, or even the email
address of someone who's working
on the problem would help. 

I'm not especially interested in pronouns. I am especially interested in
noun phrases, e.g. knowing that "the Sony DiscMan CD player ... the DiscMan
... the CD player"
all refer to the same entity. 

An example that goes a bit beyond anaphora resolution: given "the TechDev
3600 line ... the 3650 ... "
I'd like to know that "the 3650" is an instance of "the TechDev 3600 line".

Any leads?


Max Copperman
Director, Advanced Technology (408) 863 5842
Kanisa Inc.			 fax (408) 863 5810
10351 Bubb Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
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