LINGUIST List 16.2215|
Wed Jul 20 2005
Qs: Desiderata for a Database; Most Conservative Lang
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Desiderata for a Linguistic Database
Most Conservative Language
Message 1: Desiderata for a Linguistic Database
From: Christina Jacovides <czljacovidesyahoo.com>
Subject: Desiderata for a Linguistic Database
The Computer Science Department at Wayne State University is working with
LINGUIST to create a linguistic database that would combine several web-based
language resources (sites containing language documentation in the form of
corpora, annotated texts, audio/visual information, etc.) into a single,
searchable, and browsable database. The hope is to organize the data in such a
way that the database can return intelligent results to a wide range of queries.
In order to make this database useful to linguists, though, the computer
scientists designing the database need to have a sense of what linguists might
require from such a database - what kinds of queries would they be making, what
types of questions are important?
They are interested in coming up with a broad list of sample questions. The list
should include questions that are similar to, but slightly more general than,
those published in the queries pages of the LINGUIST website.
I would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to share any
suggestions you may have for possible questions, any websites you know of that
might be useful, any ideas you have that might help non-linguists understand a
little more about what exactly linguists are looking for in their research and
in language documentation.
Thanks very much,
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Message 2: Most Conservative Language
From: Pete Unseth <Pete_Unsethgial.edu>
Subject: Most Conservative Language
A reporter recently asked me, "Which of today's languages is most like its
ancestor?" What he wanted to know is: speakers of which of today's languages
would be able to go back in time the farthest and be able to communicate verbally?
I suspect it is a language with a written heritage. Any speculation would be
welcome. If the replies warrant it, I will post a summary.
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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