LINGUIST List 5.894

Mon 15 Aug 1994

Jobs: PhD Studentships, UCLA, Postgraduate Opportunities in NLE

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  1. Daniel Jones, PhD Studentships
  2. Tim Stowell, UCLA temporary job
  3. Russell Collingham, Postgraduate Opportunities in NLE

Message 1: PhD Studentships

Date: Fri, 12 Aug 94 15:37:09 BST
From: Daniel Jones <>
Subject: PhD Studentships
The Centre for Computational Linguistics at UMIST wishes to fund two
PhD studentships commencing October 1994. The research will focus
primarily on the development of a new methodology for translating
between natural languages using primarily non-symbolic processing
e.g. stochastic techniques, neural networks etc, coupled with
automatic bilingual corpus analysis.
Applicants should, consequently, have a background in natural language
processing, cognitive science or related discipline to postgraduate
level. Additionally, computer-literacy and/or knowledge of German (or
other second language) will be an advantage.
The funding for each studentship will be equivalent to a current EPSRC
studentship award. A limited travel allowance will also be available.
Send a full C.V. plus covering letter to:
Dr. Daniel Jones
P.O. Box 88
Manchester M60 1QD.
to whom any further enquiries should be addressed.
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Message 2: UCLA temporary job

Date: Sat, 13 Aug 94 12:50 PDT
Subject: UCLA temporary job
 August 12, 1994
The UCLA Department of Linguistics has positions available to teach a total
of three courses over the Winter and Spring quarters of 1995. (The Winter
quarter runs from January through March, and the Spring quarter runs from
April through June.) These courses could, in principle, all be taught by the
same person, though we might decide to split them among two or three
people. Renumeration is on a per-course basis (at a level of between $6,000
and $7,500 per ten-week course, depending on academic rank). There is some
flexibility in the actual courses taught, depending on the qualifications of
the applicant pool, but the department is particularly interested in
candidates who could teach courses in historical linguistics and/or syntactic
theory, at the graduate or undergraduate level. Applicants who are prepared
to teach courses in other areas, including experimental psycholinguistics,
computational linguistics, and sociolinguistics, will also be considered.
Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae and evidence of teaching
experience, as well as names, addresses, and phone numbers of three
potential referees, to Tim Stowell (Chair), Department of Linguistics, UCLA,
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1543. Applications must be received by October 15 1994.
Applications will also be accepted by FAX at 310-206-5743 or by E-mail at Applications submitted by FAX or E-mail should not
exceed 3 pages; lengthy CVs should be sent by regular mail. UCLA is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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Message 3: Postgraduate Opportunities in NLE

Date: Sat, 13 Aug 94 11:24:15 BST
From: Russell Collingham <>
Subject: Postgraduate Opportunities in NLE
[please could you distribute the following message to interested groups]
Research opportunities (MSc and PhD) in Natural Language Engineering at
Durham University, UK.
Would you like to gain a prestigious PhD (3 years) or MSc by research (1
year) by joining one of the foremost teams in the field worldwide? We
are the developers of LOLITA (Large-scale, Object-based, Linguistic
Interactor, Translator and Analyser), one of the most advanced natural
language processing systems anywhere. Here are a few facts about LOLITA:
- based on a conceptual graph of more than 70k nodes, compatible with
- able to perform morphological, grammatical, semantical, pragmatical
 and discourse analysis;
- under development for more than 8 years, at present a team of more than
 20 people works on it;
- completely written in Haskell, a pure lazy functional language, with
 high order functions, polymorphic types and type classes (more than 35k
 lines of code, corresponding to about 350k lines in an imperative
- prototype applications include analysis of real text, NL generation,
 query, dialogue, template extraction, translation and language tutoring;
- processes English and Chinese; Italian, Spanish and French under
- very fast execution times (a parallel version under development);
- applications with Siemens Plessey, Rolls-Royce, Software AG and other
 major companies under development;
- chosen by the Royal Society for its prestigious 1993 Soiree Exhibition;
- registered for the 1995 MUC-6 competition (sponsored by ARPA, the
 Advanced Research Projects Agency of the USA); it is also going to
 be entered for the forthcoming SPREC and TREC competitions;
- we are among the founders of the new Journal of Natural Language
 Engineering, to be published by Cambridge University Press.
Areas available for research are (among others): style analysis;
learning of grammar & semantics rules; summarisation; metaphor and
non-literals; discourse planning; semantic reasoning; large scale
reasoning; rethorics; humour; additional languages; user modelling;
concept learning; emotion modelling; deep aspects of semantics,
pragmatics and dialogue; concept representation; meaning correspondence
between languages; integration of speech and NL; foundations of
plausible reasoning etc.
The University of Durham was founded in 1832 and is the third oldest
University in England. Durham is a collegiate University, with fourteen
Colleges and Societies. Durham University is medium sized, with about
6,000 full time undergraduate students and about 900 full time
postgraduate students.
The Department of Computer Science will be moving into new offices
during 1995, and each postgraduate will be well provided for, having
their own desk and computer in an office of not more than three people.
We use a variety of computer equipment including SUN multiprocessors
and workstations.
We have a policy of commitment to our own people, and most research
students that desire to remain with us after their degree are able to do
If you possess a good first degree in Computer Science, Cognitive
Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy or Psychology, are ready
to work in a highly focused group, and are really enthusiastic and
excited about breaking new grounds on what computers can do, write to
Grants covering University fees are available for European Union
(including UK) citizens; applicants must, however, be able to cover
their own living expenses.
For further details, write to:
 Dr. Roberto Garigliano,
 Laboratory for Natural Language Engineering,
 Department of Computer Science,
 University of Durham,
 South Road,
 Durham DH1 3LE, UK.
 telephone +44 91 374 2639
 fax +44 91 374 2560
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