LINGUIST List 2.723

Mon 28 Oct 1991

Qs: Degree, ATN, Star Trek

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  1. , help on degree expressions
  2. Nancy L. Crowley, Need an ATN Parser
  3. Ellen Kaisse, language in StarTrekV

Message 1: help on degree expressions

Date: Fri, 25 Oct 91 14:23:03 MDT
From: <skameiNMSU.Edu>
Subject: help on degree expressions
Dear members of LINGUIST:
 I would like to have a list of references concerning about degree
expressions in natural language, such as so-called degrees (all, many,
some,.. always, often,...), the numbers, and the adjectives
(tall-short, clean-dirty, alive-dead,...), etc.
 If you have time, could you please send me a list of the
 Thank you.
 Shin-ichiro Kamei (
 Visiting Researcher
 Computing Research Lab.
 New Mexico State Univ.
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Message 2: Need an ATN Parser

Date: Fri, 25 Oct 91 10:47:14 -0400
From: Nancy L. Crowley <>
Subject: Need an ATN Parser
I am a PhD student that needs an ATN parser for the front end of
my dissertation work. The ATN needs to syntactically parse
declarative English (no questions or incomplete sentences) and also
provide some semantic information such as main noun, relationships
between the nouns and verbs, and check tense and voice agreement.
I will need the source code, because I expect to have to do some
modification. Even a basic ATN that can be expanded to do what I
want would be appreciated.
Please send any information to
Nancy L. Crowley
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Message 3: language in StarTrekV

Date: Mon, 28 Oct 91 10:39:12 -0800
From: Ellen Kaisse <>
Subject: language in StarTrekV
I saw StarTrek V for the first time this weekend (I had been residing on
another planet when it came out, apparently) - the one called The
Final Frontier, or something like that, where they across the Great
Barrier and find an evil creature impersonanting God. In this Star
Trek, the Klingons speak in Klingon aboard their own vessel, and we
get English subtitles. I was pretty impressed with how believeable
this language sounded, but I didn't want to impose on my friends
clustered around the VCR and keep winding it back to see if it
was SOV, had ejectives, etc. Does anyone know anything about the
creation of this language? As I recall, there was a credit for
'Klingon dialect coach' or something like that, a Marc Ok-something.
If it were a real language (Abkhaz leapt to mind, largely, I suspect,
because I've never *heard* Abkhaz), they'd have to have said so, wouldn't
they? It idlely crossed my mind that this Klingon clip would make a
good mid-November visual/aural aid in an intro class.
-ellen kaisse (
ps While I am bending everyone's pixelated ears on the subject of movie
languages, does anyone know what language, if any, Fellini used in
Satyricon for the beautiful (North African?) woman's language. I don't
remember too much about her character - I think she was taken as a
slave when her village was overrun - but she spoke in the most
amazing, rapid, unique-sounding tongue!
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