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Sat Dec 22 2007

FYI: IARPA Funding Available; Traugott Interview

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        1.    Amy Jarrett, Funding available - New IARPA Research Program
        2.    Robin Queen, Interview with Elizabeth Traugott

Message 1: Funding available - New IARPA Research Program
Date: 21-Dec-2007
From: Amy Jarrett <iarpa.amy.jarrettgmail.com>
Subject: Funding available - New IARPA Research Program
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IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity)

Preliminary Solicitation Information

Socio-cultural Content in Language Program

IARPA’s SCIL Program is seeking innovative, creative, cutting-edge research
to achieve advancements in technologies that significantly expand human
language understanding. As a mirror of socio-cultural norms and
principles, language reflects people’s beliefs, goals, intentions and
relationships. This R&D program intends to explore automated methods of
correlating socio-cultural features with human language indicators. The
goal of the program is to develop new approaches to expanding our knowledge
of context, meaning and identity.

The unit of analysis for the initial efforts in this program is social
groups. These groups do not have to be named groups but should be made up
of 2 to n participants (speakers/authors and audience) that have on-going
interactions. The socio-cultural phenomena and goals that groups might
display include leadership, influence, coercion, recruitment, sentiment,
intent, emerging behaviors, role of religion, group cohesion and state of
membership (e.g., initiate, long-term). The program is interested in
providing evidence from the language used by group participants of such
socio-cultural phenomena.

It is the ultimate goal of the SCIL Program to discover, characterize and
automate the correlation of a wide range of socio-cultural phenomena of
groups with evidence from the language used by those groups. The SCIL
Program is generally not interested in enhancing or continuing the standard
work done in Information or Content Extraction, Social Network Analysis nor
Data Mining.

IARPA anticipates that the SCIL Program will be a five-year program,
beginning in 2008. Year 1 will involve exploratory efforts to define the
problem, to investigate new and creative ways of advancing deep language
understanding and to prototype the findings. It is projected that multiple
contracts will be awarded at funding levels adequate to support robust
exploratory work.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Year I of SCIL will be released
early in 2008. The solicitation will be open to all research and
development organizations located in the U.S., including large and small
businesses, academic and eligible non-profit and not-for-profit
institutions and collaborative ventures from mixed sources. If you would
like to be placed on the bidders list for the SCIL Program, please send an
e-mail to iarpa.amy.jarrettgmail.com and include the following information:

* Your name
* Name of company/institution
* Email address

You will be notified when the BAA is issued. All details regarding
proposal submission will be in the BAA.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Message 2: Interview with Elizabeth Traugott
Date: 21-Dec-2007
From: Robin Queen <rqueenumich.edu>
Subject: Interview with Elizabeth Traugott
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The Journal of English Linguistics has published an interview with
Elizabeth Traugott conducted by Scott Schwenter.

The interview can be downloaded for free for the next couple of months at
this link:


You can also simply access the Journal of English Linguistics' home page at
SAGE via Google (or your favorite search engine) and link to the .pdf file
from there.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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