LINGUIST List 2.130

Wednesday, 11 Apr 1991

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Message 1: News from the nameserver

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 91 17:09 MET
From: "NORVAL SMITH <NSMITHALF.LET.UVA.NL>
Subject: News from the nameserver
News from the nameserver

With the size of the full e-mail address list fast approaching 200Kb, it is
necessary to ask linguists not just to ADD their (new) addresses, but also
to REMOVE their old and invalid addresses. There are a considerable number
of people with addresses in two different universities, and while these
may both valid in some cases, there are certainly a number of invalid
addresses in the list. The value of such a list depends on the information it
contains being kept up to date, so I would ask linguists who notice addresses
in the list they know *for certain* to be invalid to send LINGUISTS a
REMOVE command: REMOVE bloggs, bert: bloggerdeckchair.sunshine-state.edu.
 It might well be worthwhile checking up on your own address with
LIST, as there are very many addresses in the list that people did not send
themselves. The list has a long history predating the nameserver.

Norval Smith

PS: a few hints:
1. begin your message at the margin
2. one command a line
3. follow the instructions available with HELP
4. do not try to deal with the server as if was human - it isn't!
5. do not use uppercase letters
6. (for UK people) do not use backward addresses. Other people cannot use
 them, and I just have to reverse them.
7. be sure of your address before you send it. For example anything ending
 in ..bitnet.edu or ..edu.bitnet just can't be right
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Message 2: Announcement of the NL Software Registry

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 91 15:15:42 -0500
From: Computational Linguists <registrytira.uchicago.edu>
Subject: Announcement of the NL Software Registry
[From Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 1221]

 NATURAL LANGUAGE SOFTWARE REGISTRY

 The Natural Language Software Registry is a catalogue of software
 implementing core natural language processing techniques, whether
 available on a commercial or noncommercial basis. The current
 version includes

 + speech signal processors, such as the Computerized Speech Lab
 (Kay Electronics)
 + morphological analyzers, such as PC-KIMMO
 (Summer Institute for Linguistics)
 + parsers, such as Alveytools (University of Edinburgh)
 + knowledge representation systems, such as Rhet
 (University of Rochester)
 + multicomponent systems, such as ELU (ISSCO), PENMAN (ISI),
 Pundit (UNISYS), SNePS (SUNY Buffalo),
 + applications programs (misc.)

 This document is available on-line via anonymous ftp to tira.uchicago.edu
 (IP 128.135.96.31), by email to registrytira.uchicago.edu, and by
 physical mail to the address below. If you have developed a piece of
 software for natural language processing that other researchers might
 find useful, you can include it by returning the description form,
 available from the same sources.


 Elizabeth Hinkelman, Director (registrytira.uchicago.edu)

 NL Software Registry
 Center for Information and Language Studies
 1100 East 57th Street
 Chicago, IL 60637, USA

 -----------------------


 Authors:
 Person to contact for software (if different):
 Institution:
 Department:
 Street:
 City/State/Zip:
 Country:
 Phone (with country & area codes):
 Email network & address:

 Name of system:

 Type of system: research system / commercial product / other (specify)

 Primary task of system: linguistic analysis / test of linguistic theory
 (specify) / text generation / machine translation / text proofing /
 database interface / other (specify)

 Components:
 phonological analyzer/generator
 morphological analyzer/generator
 parser/generator
 semantic interpreter
 knowledge representation
 discourse structure
 pragmatic features
 other (specify)

 Components available as independent modules:
 (subsequent questions may need a separate answer for each)


 Components can be extended by: the developer / computational linguist /
 linguist / programmer / experienced user / new user

 Data components are: firmly embedded in program / independent of program

 Data provided: (give size, features and language as in the examples)
 120,000 entry wordlist for French
 5,000 word LFG lexicon of basic Swahili w/ affixes, English gloss
 15 rule transformational grammar for Dutch cross-serial dependencies
 200 node knowledge base for AIDS case histories w/ 10 30-node cases.


 Data components can be extended by: the developer / computational linguist /
 linguist / programmer / experienced user / new user

 Character set used for language data:
 programmable (describe)
 fixed, 16-bit -- Unicode
 fixed, 8-bit -- ISO (specify, eg ASCII+Latin II) / proprietary ASCII
 fixed, 7-bit -- ISO (specify, eg US ASCII) / extended ASCII (specify)
 other (specify)

 Range of applicable natural languages: (give theoretical or technical limits)


 Approximate number of examples processed successfully, as a power of 10:
 Specify example type: words / sentences / paragraphs / other
 Its coverage level is now: demonstration / small research / large research /
 production quality / high volume

 Size of system: lines of source code, kilobytes of executable

 Programming language:

 Operating system or hardware:

 Is there a stable version of the system?
 Is there continuing development?

 Summarize the main goals and ideas. Indicate what makes the project
 a useful and interesting tool for research applications.







 List documents in which the software is described:



 User documentation:

 System documentation:

 Available support: upgrades / source code / consulting / other

 Format for software distribution:

 Price:

 Restrictions on use:


 If you are willing to have the software reviewed, please send us
 a version along with this information. We are also interested in
 reports and documentation, even for software not reviewed.

 NL Software Registry
 Center for Information and Language Studies
 1100 East 57th Street
 Chicago, IL 60637, USA
 registrytira.uchicago.edu


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