LINGUIST List 5.866

Tue 02 Aug 1994

FYI: Arabic bibliography, INL 5 Miljoencorpus, AL resources

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  1. , Arabic Linguistics Bibliography On-Line
  2. , Aankondiging INL 5 Miljoencorpus
  3. , AL resources

Message 1: Arabic Linguistics Bibliography On-Line

Date: Fri, 29 Jul 1994 07:37:11 Arabic Linguistics Bibliography On-Line
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Subject: Arabic Linguistics Bibliography On-Line

The electronic version of the ALS Bibliography has been uploaded to the
University of Michigan ftp site, and can be downloaded by anyone with
access to the Internet. The current version has been purged of
most pedagogical articles (we will make a separate bibliography for that)
and of articles concerning the arabization of computers, as well as of
reviews. Some of these will later be returned. There are, therefore,
currently over 2000 high quality references to articles in the field of
Arabic Linguistics that are not in Bakalla. These can be searched with
Boolean searches. Many of the entries have key words entered as well as
the expected author, title, etc.
As with any large, on-going project, there are probably a number of errors
remaining, as well as references we have missed. The only way to find out
is if you all start using it, and send in errors and missing references
that you notice. We will update the bibliography at least once a year, and
hopefully more often, as it becomes appropriate and when we have the time.
There are four files in the Michigan server. It is at:

You must look in the folder/directory Linguistics, and then in the folder
Texts and then in the folder Bibliography. There are four files:


The first is a readme text file with information about the other files.

The second is a Stuffit binhexed Mactintosh file of the bibliography. Once
you download it you must unstuff it with something like StuffIt Lite.
Once it is unstuffed, you will see that it is an
EndNote Plus file, and can only work in conjunction with that program. I
strongly recommend that you acquire EndNote Plus. It is a wonderful,
powerful, flexible bibliography program that is destined to save you years
of your life, and it will help you turn the ALS Bibliography into a
wonderful tool. It comes with a module that works right inside Microsoft
Word, making references and bibliographies easy and consistent.

The third file is a text file of the bibliography in alphabetical order,
and without the key words. It is for people who do not intend to acquire
endnote plus, but who still want an electronic version of the bibliography.
 It could be useful in a word processor, using the search or find command
for specific words, of you could simply look through it to see what you can

The third file is a ZIPPED PC version of the Bibliography, for the PC
version of Endnote Plus. Again, this file will only work with Endnote Plus
(for the PC), and would not really be useful without it. Once you download
it, it must be unzipped. I believe that the zipping utility is also
available on the UMICH archives, and certainly your local computer guru
would be able to help you with it, as well as with ftp'ing in general.

For those of you with other bibliography programs, like ProCite, endnote
plus can generate this bibliography in a format that can be read in to the
procite program. If you need this, let me know and I'll see if I can work
it out.

I am very interested to hear about your experiences in trying to download
and use these files, whether good or bad. Could you let me know how it
goes, and if you find the bibliography itself useful?


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Message 2: Aankondiging INL 5 Miljoencorpus

Date: Mon, 01 Aug 1994 14:18:07 Aankondiging INL 5 Miljoencorpus
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Subject: Aankondiging INL 5 Miljoencorpus


On-line access to 5 mln words text corpus of Dutch for non-commercial

The Institute for Dutch Lexicology INL offers you the possibility to
consult a text corpus of ca. 5 million words of present-day Dutch text, by
the international computer network. This corpus is different from the Dutch
INL corpora on the ECI/MCI CD-ROM distributed by the Linguistic Data
Consortium and ELSNET. The texts are derived from books, magazines,
newspapers and TV broadcasts, and cover several topics such as journalism,
politics, environment, linguistics, leisure and business & employment. You
can easily define subcorpora on the basis of these parameters.

The retrieval system allows you to search for single words or for word
patterns, including some predefined syntactic patterns that can be changed
by the user. Searches concern the levels of word form, part of speech
(POS), and head word, both separately and in combination by use of Boolean
operators and proximity searches. During the search, data concerning
frequency and distribution over the texts are provided at several levels.
The output most often is a list of items, or a series of concordances
(words in context) with a variable, user-defined textual context. Sorting
facilities may make your analysis of the output data more comfortable. With
some limitations due to copyright, the output of your searches can be
transfered to your own computer by e-mail. It is not allowed to transfer
complete texts or substantial text parts.

Most of the data has not been corrected, neither on the level of the text,
nor on the level of POS and headword. POS and headword have automatically
been assigned to the word forms in the electronic text by lingware
developed at the INL.

The providers of the texts have given permission for use of their materials
for non-commercial, research purposes only. The conditions for commercial
use are still topic of discussion.

Please note that for an optimal use of the retrieval system, the use of a
VT 220 (or higher) terminal, or an appropriate terminal-emulator (e.g.
Kermit) is recommended.

In order to get access to this corpus, an individual user agreement has to
be signed. An electronic user agreement form can be obtained from our
mailserver MailservRulxho.Leidenuniv.NL. Type in the body of your e-mail
message: SEND [5MLN94]AGREEMNT.USE. Please make a hard copy of the
agreement form, sign it, and return the signed copy to:

Institute for Dutch Lexicology INL P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden fax: 31 71
27 2115

After receipt of the signed user agreement, you will be informed about your
username and password.

If you need additional information, please send an e-mail message to
Helpdesk5mlnRulxho.Lei- denuniv.NL, or send a fax to Mrs. dr. J.G. Kruyt.
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Message 3: AL resources

Date: Wed, 27 Jul 94 16:17 BST
Subject: AL resources

The Applied Linguistics Department at the University of London,
Birkbeck College, is currently compiling a list of Internet resources on
Applied Linguistics. For academic information, please contact:

Larry Selinker
Department of Applied Linguistics
University of London
Birkbeck College

This list will be published on our World Wide Web server and also made
available via the subject index at CERN. The sole criteria for inclusion are
that your academic program or resource is in some way pertinent to
Applied Linguistics and that it can be accessed using World Wide Web
client software (eg. Mosaic, Cello, or Lynx). We are therefore looking for
references to:

 - World Wide Web servers
 - Gopher servers
 - WAIS servers
 - telnet servers (libraries for example)
 - Documents, databases and software available by ftp

Currently, you can see this list by pointing your WWW software at

Please note though, that over the course of the next few weeks, the address
of our World Wide Web server will change and the aforementioned URL
will become:

At the moment this address is invalid. By the time the change takes place,
there should be an entry in the WWW subject index (maintained at CERN,
Switzerland) for Applied Linguistics. The address of this index is:

For technical information, please send details to (if
you are on JANET, you may need to specify

Alex Nunes
UNIX Support
Central Computing Services
Birkbeck College
University of London
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