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Wed 13 Nov 1991

FYI: Computing Events at LSA Annual Meeting

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Date: Wed, 13 Nov 91 09:51:32 EST
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Subject: Computing Events at LSA Annual Meeting
 I am delighted to be able to announce details of two events sponsored
by the LSA Information and Communication Technology Committee at the 1992
LSA meeting in Philadelphia. The first is a colloquium on "Computing and
the Ordinary Working Linguist" that takes place on Thursday night, and is
thus the leadoff event for the meeting. The second is a Linguistics Soft-
ware Exhibit that takes place the next day. I append the abstract and
schedule for the Colloquium, and the program for the Exhibit.
 Subscribers to LINGUIST will note that it is intimately involved in
both of these events. Our Editors are participating in the Colloquium,
speaking about (what else?) The LINGUIST List; and all the software in
the exhibit was solicited through LINGUIST.
 I want to thank all of you (especially the editors, who deserve our
thanks on plenty of other accounts as well) for helping make these events
happen. We have needed things like this for a long time and perhaps now
we will be able to get them more often.
-John Lawler
 University of Michigan userll3numichum.bitnet
 1991 Chair, LSA Information and Communication Technology Committee
 LSA Colloquium
 7 - 10 PM, Thursday, January 9, 1992
 * Computing and the Ordinary Working Linguist *
 Organizer: John Lawler, University of Michigan
 Chair, LSA Committee on Information
 and Communication Technology
 Few issues (with the possible exception of ethnic food) stir such
broad and deep interest among linguists of all kinds as do discussions
on the uses, value, and shortcomings of computers in the practice of
linguistics. Unfortunately such discussions only rarely lead to useful
dialogue because there is no good common venue for the shared experience
of the practitioners. We intend this colloquium to provide such a
venue, and hope this will become an annual event, if there is sufficient
interest on the part of the membership.
 This colloquium grows out of last year's membership survey by the
LSA's Committee on Information and Communication Technology. A number
of issues surfaced repeatedly there to which we will attempt to speak.
One of them -- the lack of knowledge about what software is available
and the consequent daily re-inventions of the wheel -- is addressed in
part by the Software Exhibit. In this colloquium, offered in conjunc-
tion with, but separate from, the Exhibit, we will report on the results
of the user survey, and then try to bring together in one event a series
of reports on what's new, what's old, and what's now possible in a few
of the many potential areas where computing has affected the practice of
the linguistic profession.
 There are dozens of these, but since we have limited time, we have
chosen the four below, both as varying considerably from the usual fare
of computational linguistics, and as representing areas of interest to
the broadest possible variety of linguists:
 o The LINGUIST list has become, in the space of less than one
 year, an indispensable adjunct to hundreds of LSA members,
 not to speak of linguists overseas, and its importance can
 only grow. It is a genuinely novel phenomenon which deserves
 to be made more widely known.
 o Phonetics and phonology are something almost every linguist
 has to cope with, regardless of research interest, in intro-
 ductory classes and elsewhere, because of their basic relev-
 ance to the field and their lack of treatment elsewhere.
 Any help computing can provide us in this is welcome.
 o Text studies of many kinds have become increasingly impor-
 tant in recent years, primarily depending on increases in
 usefulness of computational resources. But even for linguists
 who don't work primarily on large texts, the idea of being
 able to search the OED on-line, for instance, has a certain
 natural appeal.
 o Finally, a large number of linguists are occupied in field work;
 it has informed the history and nature of our discipline enor-
 mously. These linguists have special needs, and have devel-
 oped special computational resources to meet them which are
 interesting and useful for other linguists as well.
 Speakers will make 15-minute presentations with 5-10 minutes for
discussion after each; discussants have 10 minutes each; the remainder
of the time is available for public discussion. Speakers and their
topics are:
 (0) John Lawler University of Michigan
 Survey report and prospects for the profession
 (1) Helen Dry Eastern Michigan University
 & Anthony Aristar Texas A&M University
 The LINGUIST list
 (2) Keith Denning Eastern Michigan University
 Phonetics and computing
 (3) Thomas Toon University of Michigan
 Large corpora and text encoding
 (4) Evan Antworth Summer Institute of Linguistics
 Computing in the field
 Peter Ladefoged UCLA
 James Hoard Boeing Corporation, Seattle
 LSA Software Exhibit
 10 AM -- 7 PM, Friday, January 10, 1992
 The Software Exhibit will take place in one large room, with machines
(1 DOS, 2 Macs, various Unix) installed around it. The first hour is
unscheduled; the presenters will be present to meet and discuss their
programs individually, like a poster session. Between 11 am and 5:30 pm,
two or more individual demonstrations will be going on at once at opposite
ends of the room. The time between 5:30 and 7 PM, when the room will
close, is likewise unscheduled.
 The schedule for demonstrations begins with Text Preparation software
(fonts, example renumbering, bibliography), moves to Data Analysis programs
(VARBRUL, concordance, and phonetics programs), segues to Educational soft-
ware (Hypercard stacks and other tutorials), and ends with Natural Language
Processing programs. Since much software is multi-purpose, the transitions
between categories are fuzzy, and we have decided not to label the sessions
as such, but to depend on our colleagues to draw their own boundaries as
 We wish to thank the Local Arrangements committee, and especially Mark
Liberman, for strenuous efforts in making this exhibit possible. We also
wish to thank IBM and Sun for making workstations available for
10-11 Opening ("poster" session - informal demonstrations, wander
 around, meet one another, see what's going on, etc.)
11 DOS: Phonetics fonts Phonetics bitmap fonts and drivers
 Timothy Montler for WordPerfect and the HP
 Univ of North Texas Laserjet printer.
 Mac: Palatino Phonetic font A Type 1 Postscript (and TrueType)
 Henry Rogers laser font following the 1989 IPA
 Univ of Toronto (available also for Windows w/ ATM).
11:30 DOS: Old English and phonemic fonts for the PC-Write Lite
 Lawrence Foley, James Madison Univ word processor.
 Mac: HyperBibliography A HyperCard bibliographic database,
 Christopher Culy formatter, and extractor.
 University of Iowa
12 DOS: RENUMBER Example renumbering program
 Jonathon Mead, UCLA (Mac version demonstrated at 12:30)
 Mac: SuperRenumber Example renumbering program
 Christopher Culy, University of Iowa
12:30 DOS: NUM Example renumbering program
 David Denison, University of Manchester
 Mac: RENUMBER Example renumbering program
 Jonathon Mead, UCLA (DOS version demonstrated at 12)
 1 DOS: GOLDVARB A joint presentation of the Mac and DOS versions
 Sharon Ash of the widely-used VARBRUL program for analysis
 Mac: IVARB of sociolinguistic data and formulation of
 Susan Pintzuk variable rules.
 Mac: Conc SIL-developed concordance generator program
 Evan Antworth, SIL
 1:30 DOS: UPSID UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database
 Ian Maddieson, UCLA
 Mac: Phonetic Symbol Guide HyperCard version of the 1986 book
 Allen, Pullum, & Ladusaw by Pullum & Ladusaw, with example
 Purdue Univ & UC Santa Cruz sounds installed
 2 Mac: Acoustics for Phoneticians Interactive HyperCard tutorial
 Peter Ladefoged, UCLA in basic concepts of acoustics.
 Mac: Signalyze A review and demonstration of the
 Keith Denning commercial phonetic analysis program.
 Eastern Michigan University
 Sun SPARC: EDW Speech waveform display and
 Bunnell & Mohamed editing program.
 University of Delaware (available also for DOS)
 2:30 Mac: The LX problems Hypercard tutorial automating data problems
 William Labov for introductory linguistics students.
 Mac: Sounds of the World's Languages Hypercard database and
 Ladefoged & Maddieson tutorial program.
 3 Mac: Phthong Tutorial program for English phonemic notation.
 Henry Rogers, Univ of Toronto
 Mac: A World of Words HyperCard stacks automating various
 John Lawler, Univ of Michigan topics in linguistics and etymology
 3:30 DOS: ProfCourse An automated tutorial course in Prolog
 Dik & Kahrel designed for linguists.
 Univ of Amsterdam
 Mac: Semantics Tutorial Hypercard tutorial.
 Victor Raskin, Purdue Univ
 4 DOS: ProfGlot A multilingual language processor with
 Dik & Kahrel generation, parsing and translation of Dutch,
 Univ of Amsterdam English, German, French, Danish, Spanish.
 Sun SPARC: ELU A unification-based linguistic development
 Dominique Estival environment for building NLP systems
 Univ de Geneve
 4:30 Mac: FrameBuilder A HyperCard expert system for building
 Donalee Attardo semantic frames for computational linguistics.
 Purdue Univ
 IBM RS/6000: STUF A (theory-neutral) unification-based grammar
 Bosch & Seiffert formalism for developing and testing grammars.
 IBM Deutschland
 5 DOS: Morphogen Morphological analysis with rule compiler
 Joseph Pentheroudakis and analyzer for several languages.
 ECS Inc, Provo UT
 Mac: AV Parser A unification-based parser for research
 Mark Johnson purposes, with full graphics interface.
 Brown Univ
 5:30-7 Informal demonstrations, etc.
 7 PM Exhibit Room closes.
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