LINGUIST List 2.16

Thursday, 24 Jan 1991

FYI: Computational Phonology

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Message 1: Directory of Computational Phonologists

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 91 11:23:28 +0800
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Subject: Directory of Computational Phonologists
Dear linguist,
 I wish to bring to your attention a directory of people 
working in the field of computational phonology. The directory is intended 
to inform participants of other people working in this new field. In 
parallel with the directory is a small bibliography of works in this newly 
burgeoning field. There are also some specific works, such as a paper 
and some software.

How to get these

They are available in one of two ways: email and anonymous ftp.
An index of the computational phonology files available may be found by
sending the message

 get comp.phonology/index


I am piggybacking it on top of the `linguist' mailing list. Similarly, to
obtain other of the computational phonology files, send messages of the
 get phonology/<filename>

Ftp access to all files is available, as before, by anonymous ftp to, in the subdirectory

 get index

to obtain a list of the available files (or you can do an ls).

As a further service, any item which you wish to be mailed to all persons
on the computational phonology list, can be so distributed by sending mail

Please let me know if you have any problems using either of the above

Keeping it up to date

To make the directory and bibliography useful, it is important to keep it
upto date. So if you are doing research into any area of computational
phonology, such as 

 * computational phonological theories - logical or unification-
 based models of phonology. Also strict formalisations of existing
 phonological models,
 * phonological parsing according to particular models of phonology,
 * discovery procedures or learning systems for phonology,
or * implementations of particular phonological models, automatic 

could you please send me a short research bio to be placed in the directory.
The structure I am using has the following fields: name, email address, status,
affiliation, research interests.

As an example, here is my blurb:

 Name: T Mark Ellison
 Status: PhD student, Computer Science
 Institution: University of Western Australia
 Research: The abstraction of phonological information from purely
 structural data. For example determining which phonemes are consonants
 and which are vowels from a list of words expressed as strings in those
 phonemes. I also have a system for learning harmony processes:
 identifying participating, opaque and transparent segments in the
 harmony. Work continues in automatically determining syllable
 structures, using finite-state automata models of syllable structure. I
 am also interested in automatically translating a rule system from a
 segmental representation into a feature-underspecified representation.

At the moment, the list contains twenty names.

If you have references for computational phonology books, articles,
papers, tech reports, etc., these would be appreciated for a bibliography.
The bibliography is structured in `refer' format, but bibtex or any other
understandable formats are willing accepted. If possible, an abstract
accompanying the reference would be very useful.

Other files that might be useful to computational phonologists (papers in
postscript, software, etc.) would also be accepted gladly and made
available by email and anonymous ftp.

Thanks in advance for your response,

T Mark Ellison Department of Computer Science Nedlands, WA 6009 University of Western Australia Australia
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