LINGUIST List 13.1255

Mon May 6 2002

FYI: Lang Policy, Corpora Game

Editor for this issue: Marie Klopfenstein <>


  1. Wayne Wright, Language Policy Research Unit website
  2. Rada Mihalcea, A new project: Open Mind Word Expert

Message 1: Language Policy Research Unit website

Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 14:48:56 -0700
From: Wayne Wright <>
Subject: Language Policy Research Unit website

The Language Policy Research Unit (LPRU) 
 of the 
 Education Policy Studies Laboratory 
 Arizona State University 


LPRU, under the Direction of Terrence G. Wiley, is a unit
of the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State

Our new and recently updated website now provides: 

* Original articles by leading scholars (including
 James Crawford, Josue Gonzalez and Harold Schiffman), 
 notes on recent books, and an extensive bibliography; 

* Archives of news items from leading newspapers 
 around the world;

* Lists of Court Cases and bibliography related to language;

* Links to academic journals and other resources for 
 language policy research.

The LPRU website is rapidly expanding, and new resources 
are added monthly. If you wish to be informed of updates, 
subscribe to the LPRUNEWS listserv by sending an email letter 
to and making the one-line contents read 

 sub LPRUNEWS your-first-name your-last-name 

The Language Policy Research Unit promotes research 
and policy analysis on the challenges of global multilingualism 
through studies promoting equitable language policies in 
education & society; demographic studies bearing on language 
rights and preservation; historical & contemporary studies 
on language contact, conflict, and minority language 
accommodation; and media, legal and legislative analyses.
The Education Policy Studies Laboratory (EPSL) at ASU offers 
high quality analyses of national education policy issues and 
provides an analytical resource for educators, journalists, and 
citizens. It includes the Commercialism in Education Research 
Unit (CERU), the Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA), the 
Education Policy Reports Project (EPRP), the Education Policy 
Research Unit (EPRU), and the Language Policy Research Unit 
(LPRU). The EPSL is directed by ASU Professor Alex Molnar.
Visit the EPSL website at
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Message 2: A new project: Open Mind Word Expert

Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 02:04:09 -0500 (CDT)
From: Rada Mihalcea <>
Subject: A new project: Open Mind Word Expert

We would like to inform you about a recently started project, "Open
Mind Word Expert", which is part of the Open Mind initiative, and aims at
creating large sense tagged corpora with the help of Internet users.

The OMWE system is running at

Since the official launch of the system at the beginning of April, we
collected about 6000 tagged instances at virtually no cost. Based on
previous experiences with Open Mind type of approaches, we expect a
significant increase in time of the amount of labeled data collected
through this site.

We would like to point out two important features that many of you might
find of interest:

1. The site is designed such that it can be used as a teaching aid. We are
already aware of several courses that had assignments or exams based on
this site, where students get a good grasp on the various meanings that
a word might have by tagging several word examples. The 'project' feature
allows the project administrator to monitor the tagging done by the users
registered with that particular project.

2. The data collected through this site is made freely available for
research purposes. You can download and use the corpus for your own
experiments in Word Sense Disambiguation, Machine Learning, or any other 
research related experiments. 

We feel that this project can create a valuable resource for the research
community. A project of this nature, however, succeeds because of its
participants, not its designers. If you feel that this is a worthwhile
project, please spread the word. It would be particularly helpful if
you link to us from a web site you maintain.

So far, we have been profiled at: (May 6, 2002)'OrderBy=Title&Begin=177
"Open Mind Word Expert" 
Tim Chklovski, MIT
Rada Mihalcea, UTD

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