LINGUIST List 14.3257

Wed Nov 26 2003

Qs: Text Summarization Corpus; Mayan Lang Speakers

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  1. Dongqiang Yang, corpus for summarization.
  2. Mario van de Visser, Looking for native speakers of Mayan languages

Message 1: corpus for summarization.

Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 18:59:59 -0500 (EST)
From: Dongqiang Yang <>
Subject: corpus for summarization.

Hi all,
My research now needs corpus for text summarization.
Does anyone know how to get that corpus?
Thanks in advance.

Joshua :) 
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Message 2: Looking for native speakers of Mayan languages

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 03:04:17 -0500 (EST)
From: Mario van de Visser <>
Subject: Looking for native speakers of Mayan languages

Dear colleagues, 

We would like to get into contact with native speakers of Mayan
languages. Our aim is to gather information on word order, ergative
agreement and quantification in some of these languages. We have
developed a written questionnaire which consists of three parts, each
one of them taking about 30-45 minutes to be filled out. The main task
will be to translate simple sentences from English into the native
language of the informant without giving linguistic glosses, hence the
questionnaire does not presuppose any linguistic knowledge.

We are well aware of the fact that it may be difficult to gain access
to the people we are looking for. Therefore, any suggestions which
could bring us closer to natives or people who might be in contact
with them are highly welcome. Also, we would like to point out here
that we will understand if people are able to answer only part of our

All reactions should be sent to: 


Peter Ackema 
Mario van de Visser 
Utrecht University 

Language-Family: Mayan; Code: MA 
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