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LINGUIST List 17.61

Wed Jan 11 2006

Qs: Homonymy in Morphology; Lang Technology Workflows

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        1.    Wayles Browne, Homonymy in Morphology
        2.    Andrea Berez, Developing Workflows for Language Technology

Message 1: Homonymy in Morphology
Date: 11-Jan-2006
From: Wayles Browne <ewb2cornell.edu>
Subject: Homonymy in Morphology

Prof. Midhat Ridjanovic (Univ. of Sarajevo, Bosnia) is writing about the
homonymy of grammatical signals, and seeks references to articles and books
in which other linguists have discussed the same topic. Examples of
homonymy: English -(e)s is for plural on nouns, for possessive on phrases,
for 3rd person singular on verbs; there is no obvious connection between
these various uses. Latin -o: is 1st person sing. on verbs, dat/abl sing.
in second-declension nouns, nom. sing. in some third-declension nouns;
again there is no obvious connection.

His address: jasminarbih.net.ba ; I am mentioning to him that he should
summarize the replies that he gets.

(sent in by Wayles Browne, Cornell)

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Message 2: Developing Workflows for Language Technology
Date: 10-Jan-2006
From: Andrea Berez <andrealinguistlist.org>
Subject: Developing Workflows for Language Technology

Hello LINGUIST readers,

I am working on a project to train members of an endangered language
speaker community in making digital language teaching products. As such, we
are not trying to turn these people into computer programmers; rather, we
are trying to develop a workflow by which they can quickly and easily turn
existing non-digital language documentation into useful products.

I am looking for references on developing technology workflows;
specifically I am looking for writings about methodology for developing an
efficient flow. Helpful references will discuss topics like:

-removing as many possibilities for error from the flow
-producing high-quality results with little training and time committment
-using technology that is cheap/free

The references don't have to be only linguistic in nature; anything from CS
will do as well.

Thanks in advance for the help. I'll post a summary.

Andrea Berez
Wayne State University, Detroit

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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