LINGUIST List 15.2291

Wed Aug 11 2004

Support: LFG/Italian: Ph.D. Scholarship: Dublin City U

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  1. Andy Way, Support: LFG/Italian: Ph.D. Scholarship: Dublin City U, Ireland

Message 1: Support: LFG/Italian: Ph.D. Scholarship: Dublin City U, Ireland

Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 11:44:45 +0100
From: Andy Way <>
Subject: Support: LFG/Italian: Ph.D. Scholarship: Dublin City U, Ireland

University or Organization: National Centre for Lang Technology
Department: School of Computing
Rank of Job: Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Specialty Areas: Lexical-Functional Grammar resources for Italian
Required Language(s): Italian, English


Ph.D. scholarship on Induction of Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG)
Resources for Italian 2004-2007

Applications are invited under the Embark Initiative's Postgraduate
Research Scholarship Scheme for a joint IRCSET/IBM funded
Ph.D. studentship on the induction of wide-coverage, probabilistic
Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) resources from treebanks for
Italian. The project starts October 2004. Funding is for 3 years at a
rate of approx. euro 12,000 p/a and fees. Application deadline is
Friday 20th August, 2004.

Traditionally, rich constraint-based grammars such as LFG and HPSG
have been hand-crafted. Scaling such grammars to unrestricted text is
time-consuming and expensive. Recently (Cahill, Burke, O'Donovan, van
Genabith and Way, 2004) and (Miyao and Tsujii, 2004) have shown how
rich LFG and HPSG resources can be acquired from treebanks. In this
project we extend the approach of Cahill et al. 2004 to acquire LFG
resources for Italian.

Our ideal candidates have a strong background in Computing,
Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing with
programming experience in one or more of Java, Perl, C++, Prolog, Lisp
etc. Competence in Italian (in addition to English) will be
important. Knowledge of LFG, HPSG or similar constraint-based grammar
formalisms will be useful. A strong interest in and motivation for
research are essential.

Application forms are available from

For inquiries and further details, please contact:

Josef van Genabith and Andy Way
School of Computing
National Centre for Language Technology
Dublin City University,
Dublin 9, Ireland.,
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