LINGUIST List 13.210

Sun Jan 27 2002

FYI: Text Semiotics, Acronym Server, Grammar Website

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  1. Rossitza Kyheng, Web site "Text Semiotics" : call for contributions
  2. Jose Castano, Acronym Database Server
  3. Mirjam Fried, Construction Grammar website announcement

Message 1: Web site "Text Semiotics" : call for contributions

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 17:07:01 +0100
From: Rossitza Kyheng <>
Subject: Web site "Text Semiotics" : call for contributions

Subject : Web site "Text Semiotics" : call for contributions

Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that the Text Semiotics web site is now 
available at:

As you know, semiotics is largely represented on the Net. The semiotic 
field grows richer and richer every day; its domains take their own 
dimensions as the fast progression of online publications goes along. 
Professionals are increasingly concerned with being able to direct their 
browsing through specialized portal sites. So the aim of this site is to 
specify the domain of Textual Semiotics on the web by allowing access to 
a large inventory of online resources. The utility of this site would be 
to target the research for those who are particularly interested in 
textual studies from the semiotic point of view.

The Web site "Text Semiotics" is an open and voluntary international 
project. In accordance with the multinational and multilingual 
environment on the Internet, the site is democratic and open to all 
those who wish to refer or present their publications on line. The 
proportion of researchers in the field of textual analysis who use 
electronic publishing media is increasing worldwide. It is obvious that 
this polyglot situation of the electronic resources imposes constraints 
which make it impossible to aspire to unconstrained exhaustiveness, 
(moreover, it would be contrary to the dynamic nature of hypertext). 
However, we feel justified in aspiring to maximum information, which 
could be reached only by a broad collaboration from all of us. Together, 
we can create the web site of Textual Semiotics by our common 
contribution and for our common profit.

To this purpose you are kindly invited to add links, to announce events, 
to indicate or to suggest your electronic publications as well as the 
online publications of your institution (department, university, 
association, group, etc.) concerning Textual Semiotics.

The site " Text Semiotics " is conceived as a multilingual tool. 
Currently it is available in English, French, and Russian. Pages in 
other languages will be added progressively to the collection of 
information. To carry out this project the site needs an international 
team composed of various section coordinators.
Coordinators for the Russian, Italian, German, English, French and 
Spanish sections are required urgently.

Looking forward to your suggestions and comments,
Best regards,
 Rossitza Milenkova-Kyheng

P.S. Please forward this call for contributions to other people concerned.
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Message 2: Acronym Database Server

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 22:41:26 -0500 (EST)
From: Jose Castano <>
Subject: Acronym Database Server

We announce the release of Acromed 1.0, a publicly available acronym
server for literature in the biomedical domain. It was constructed
automatically, using NLP techniques developed at Brandeis University, from
last year's Medline Abstracts Database (>500,000 abstracts). Acromed
contains over 120,000 unique acronym-definition pairs along with probable
assignment of their semantic type. The system disambiguates the acronym to
allow query expansion directly into the PubMed Search Server. It can be
accessed at

Jose M. Castano
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Message 3: Construction Grammar website announcement

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 10:30:49 -0500 (EST)
From: Mirjam Fried <mfriedPrinceton.EDU>
Subject: Construction Grammar website announcement

Construction Grammar has its own, independent website now!

The site is meant as a source of up-to-date information 
about what goes on within the program of 'constructional
linguistics', making the work of scholars inspired by
Construction Grammar, both in linguistics and in related
fields, more readily accessible to the general research 

The URL is 

Any inquiries should be addressed to 

- ---------------------------------
Mirjam Fried
Princeton University
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
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