LINGUIST List 16.635

Thu Mar 03 2005

FYI: New NSF Solicitation; Preposition Project

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        1.    Miriam Heller, Newly Announced NSF Solicitation 05-560
        2.    Ken Litkowski, The Preposition Project

Message 1: Newly Announced NSF Solicitation 05-560

Date: 01-Mar-2005
From: Miriam Heller <>
Subject: Newly Announced NSF Solicitation 05-560

Let me bring to your attention a new National Science Foundation-wide
program, Cyberinfrastructure-TEAM (CI-TEAM): Demonstration Projects
(NSF 05-560).

It is part of a longer-range strategy to prepare current and future
generations of scientists and engineers to create, advance and exploit
cyberinfrastructure while concomitantly broadening participation.

Please feel free to direct your or your communities' question to me or
any of the appropriate Program Officers listed on the Website. A Website
with additional resources, e.g., "Useful Hyperlinks" and presentation
slides will be available soon. The deadline is May 27, 2005.

Thank you.

Miriam Heller, Ph.D.
Program Director, Shared Cyberinfrastructure
Directorate for Computer & Information Systems & Engineering
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1145
Arlington, VA 22230
Voice: (703) 292-7025
Fax: (703) 292-9060
SCI Reception: (703) 292-8970
Website: <>

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

Message 2: The Preposition Project

Date: 24-Feb-2005
From: Ken Litkowski <>
Subject: The Preposition Project

CL Research is pleased to announce The Preposition Project (TPP),
(, designed to create a publicly
available comprehensive database of prepositions.

Each of 847 preposition senses for 373 prepositions (including phrasal
prepositions) will be described by a semantic role and syntactic and
semantic properties of its complement and attachment point. Each sense
will be linked to (1) its definition in the Oxford Dictionary of English (ODE),
(2) its syntactic function and meaning in Quirk's ''Comprehensive Grammar'',
(3) other prepositions filling a similar semantic role, (4) FrameNet frames
and frame elements, and (5) other syntactic forms in which the semantic
role may be realized.

The database is being constructed by first tagging instances from
FrameNet's database with ODE senses. The Preposition Project generates
a considerable amount of data based on the disambiguation tagging for
further analysis of preposition behavior. The project is currently in its
earliest stages and will be undergoing rapid change as issues emerge.

We welcome any financial or analytical assistance, particularly comments
and suggestions to assist in the project's swift completion.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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