LINGUIST List 3.221

Fri 06 Mar 1992

FYI: Texts, Icelandic, PhD Training

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  2. Thorsteinn G. Indridason, New Publication: Icelandic
  3. Ellen Bard, PhD training at Edinburgh

Message 1: ACL/DCI CD-ROM I

Date: Wed, 4 Mar 92 09:40:19 ESTACL/DCI CD-ROM I
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The Association for Computational Linguistics Data Collection
Initiative (ACL/DCI) is an activity which collects machine-readable
text for the purpose of scientific and humanistic research, and
distributes it at cost and without royalties.

Since September 1991, we have been distributing our first CD-ROM. It
is in ISO 9660 format, and contains about 300 Mb of Wall Street
Journal text, a collection of about 200,000 scientific abstracts, the
full text of the 1979 edition of the Collins English Dictionary in the
form of a typographer's tape, and some samples of tagged and parsed
text from the Penn Treebank project.

In order for us to send you an ACL/DCI CD-ROM, we need a copy of our User
Agreement, signed by you or by some responsible party on behalf of
your institution. Please send your mailing address to Rafi Khan
(, and he will send a paper copy of this
form, which you can sign (or have signed) and return to him. When you
return this form, we will also ask you to send a check for $25,
payable to the ACL.

 Mark Liberman
 University of Pennsylvania
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Message 2: New Publication: Icelandic

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 92 15:04:32 GMTNew Publication: Icelandic
From: Thorsteinn G. Indridason <>
Subject: New Publication: Icelandic


Kristj~]a'n ~]A'rnason: The Rhythms of Dr~]o'ttkv~]aett and other Old Icelandic

This book (182 p.) is the result of several years of research into the
structure of the Old Icelandic dr~]o'ttkv~]aett metre, where the findings of
earlier scholars, such as Eduard Sievers and Andreas Heusler, are
reexamined in the light of recent developments in phonological theory and
metrics. It is shown that the rhythm of the dr~]o'ttkv~]aett metre is in
important respects different from that of the fornyr~]d-islag and other
Eddic metres, which have features in common with Old German and Old English
metres. In particular, quantity plays a much more important role in the
dr~]o'ttkv~]aett metre than in the fornyr~]d-islag. A simple model of the
is presented and its structure compared with that of other metres from
the same period. Close attention is paid throughout to general theoretical
issues, for example the relation between metrical structure and linguistic
structure, and the value of metrical facts as evidence for linguistic
analysis and vice versa.

The author is Professor of Icelandic at the University of Iceland, Reykjav~]i'k.


Chapter 1. Language and metre (pp.3-44)
Chapter 2. Eddic metres (pp.45-64)
Chapter 3. Stress and quantity in Old Icelandic (pp.65-80)
Chapter 4. The dr~]o'ttkv~]aett metre (pp.81-110)
Chapter 5. Dr~]o'ttkv~]aett and the quantity structure of Icelandic (pp.111-123)
Chapter 6. The rhythm of dr~]o'ttkv~]aett (124-148)
Chapter 7. The Old Icelandic metrical set (149-172)

Those who are interested can order a copy through e-mail:
or surface mail:
		Institute of Linguistics
		University of Iceland
		~]A'rnagardur /Sudurgotu
		101 Reykjavik

The price is USD 35.
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Message 3: PhD training at Edinburgh

Date: Wed, 4 Mar 92 12:50:12 GMTPhD training at Edinburgh
From: Ellen Bard <>
Subject: PhD training at Edinburgh



 >>>> Ph.D. IN LINGUISTICS <<<<

 ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT. The Department of Linguistics is part of a lively
 community of departments and research centres involved in the study of
 speech and language. The Department maintains broad collaborations with
 the Centre for Cognitive Science, the Human Communication Research Centre
 and the Centre for Speech Technology Research and can offer PhD
 supervision in many research areas, both purely linguistic and
 interdisciplinary. Research facilities include computing systems,
 phonetics and psycholinguistics laboratories, and several major
 libraries. Beginning PhD students may follow a wide range of
 postgraduate courses, but participation is not always required.

 WHO CAN APPLY? Graduates with good Honours degrees (or the equivalent) in
 linguistics, psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, languages,
 and related fields are invited to apply for admission as PhD students.

 ABOUT STUDENTSHIPS: Support for UK and other EC students includes
 studentships from the British Academy (arts-based topics), the ESRC
 (social science-based topics) and SERC (topics with scientific and
 technological applications).

 FOR MORE INFORMATION: For further information and application forms
 (which should be submitted by 31 March 1992) contact Mrs. Ethel Jack,
 Department of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, Adam Ferguson
 Building, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LL (Tel: (0)31-650-3961; E-mail
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