LINGUIST List 6.1509

Fri Oct 27 1995

FYI: HPSG Grammars, PhD in Ling, Lang & Law, Grad Position

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  1. Heike Stoldt, Announcement: HPSG Grammars
  2. Gregory Ward, PhD Programs in Linguistics, Language & Law at Northwestern Universit
  3. Graham Katz, Graduate and Postgraduate positions (Tuebingen)

Message 1: Announcement: HPSG Grammars

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 16:03:13 Announcement: HPSG Grammars
From: Heike Stoldt <>
Subject: Announcement: HPSG Grammars


 HPSG Grammars and Typed Feature Formalisms

 Advanced, hands-on course taught by
 The Edinburgh University Language Technology Group

 December 11-14, 1995

This course will provide practical and theoretical experience for
people wishing to learn about today's state-of-the-art grammar writing
technology. At the end of the course, participants will be able to
write sign-based grammars using leading-edge language engineering
tools. This is a hands-on course: each participant will have access
to substantial computing facilities throughout the course, and
assisted practical exercises are integrated into the course structure.


Modern constraint-based grammars are the next logical step for people
familiar either with Prolog or unification-based formalisms such as
Generalised Phrase Structure Grammar (GPSG). A recent constraint-based
approach is Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG) [Pollard and Sag,
1994]. HPSG has taken the computational linguistics community by storm
and is the driving force in research into grammars that can be readily
integrated into practical application systems.


This intensive, lab-based course will bring you up-to-date with the above
developments, providing you with:

 - An introduction to today's state-of-the-art typed feature
 formalisms, especially ALE (Attribute Logic Engine) and
 CUF (Comprehensive Unfication Formalism).

 Both ALE from Carnegie-Mellon University and CUF from the
 University of Stuttgart provide a typed unification-based engine
 for developing, testing and debugging constraint-based grammars
 such as HPSG grammars.

 - An introduction to HPSG based on Chapter 9 of [Pollard and Sag,1994],
 which contains the most recent advancements of the theory.

 - An in-depth guide to programming in typed feature formalisms.

 - A detailed look at what is involved in developing complex grammars for
 particular domains.

 Participants in the course will:

 - Learn about HPSG.

 - Use the latest tools and technology for developing HPSG grammars.

 - Acquire skills in designing and debugging grammars.


 The course is 4 days long and is next scheduled for December 11-14 1995.
 Due to the hands-on nature of the course, there is a limit to class numbers.
 Early registration is advisable.

 Teaching Staff

 The classes are taught by staff of Edinburgh's Language Technology Group:

 Suresh Manandhar (PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh University) has
 conducted research both in the logical foundations of constraint
 formalisms and on their implementations.

 Claire Grover (PhD in Linguistics, Essex University) has been
 extensively involved in developing large grammars using constraint

 Chris Brew (PhD in Experimental Psychology, Sussex University) has
 conducted research in several areas including constraint-based
 formalisms, systemic grammars and statistical methods.

 Henry Thompson (PhD in Linguistics, University of California) is reader
 at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh University and
 has been involved in research in computational linguistics,
 data-intensive linguistics, language corpora and corpus management.


 The classes will be taught at the Human Commmunication Research Centre in


 The fee for the course is 650 pounds (industrial), 550 pounds (academic) and
 250 pounds (student). Please contact:

for registration details: for course details:
Heike Stoldt (Course Administration) Suresh Manandhar (Course Co-ordinator)
Human Communication Research Centre Human Communication Research Centre
University of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place 2 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9LW Edinburgh EH8 9LW
Tel: +44 131 650 4427 Tel: +44 131 650 4631
Fax: +44 131 650 4587 Fax: +44 131 650 4587
Email: Email:
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Message 2: PhD Programs in Linguistics, Language & Law at Northwestern Universit

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 10:25:44 PhD Programs in Linguistics, Language & Law at Northwestern Universit
From: Gregory Ward <>
Subject: PhD Programs in Linguistics, Language & Law at Northwestern Universit

The Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University
solicits applications for graduate study for the 1996-97
academic year. Our program provides students with a solid
background in linguistic theory, ranging from sound
structure to discourse, and emphasizes experimental,
computational, and empirical methods. Students have
considerable flexibility in designing their own course of
study and are encouraged to pursue ties to related
disciplines. In addition, special interdisciplinary
opportunities are available through the PhD Program in
Language and Cognition and the PhD specialty in Cognitive
Science. Competitive merit-based financial aid packages are
available for all programs.

In addition, the Department of Linguistics is pleased to
announce that it now participates in the University's joint
JD/PhD program in the Social Sciences. This program provides
qualified students with the opportunity to prepare for an
academic career in research on language and the law. Dual,
parallel admission to the School of Law and the Graduate
School is required. Students admitted to the program
complete both degrees in approximately six years, dividing
their time between the two schools in accordance with the
advice and requirements of their graduate department.
Financial aid is decided independently by each school.


For more information about the graduate program in Linguistics,
visit our web page at, or contact:

Graduate Admission Officer
Department of Linguistics
Northwestern University
2016 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4090
tel: 708/491-7020
fax: 708/481-3770
[Area code 708 changes to 847 after 1/20/96]

For further information about the joint JD/PhD Program,
please write to:

Director of the Law and Science Program
Northwestern University
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330
tel: 708/491-5415
fax: 708/481-9907
[Area code 708 changes to 847 after 1/20/96]

To receive an application or catalog, please write to:

The Graduate School
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

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Message 3: Graduate and Postgraduate positions (Tuebingen)

Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 15:28:03 Graduate and Postgraduate positions (Tuebingen)
From: Graham Katz <>
Subject: Graduate and Postgraduate positions (Tuebingen)

The Gerduiertenkolleg "Integriertes Linguistikstudium" is offering two
Ph.D. studentships and one post-doctoral fellowship in linguistics or
computational linguistics, to begin 1.1.1996 and to run for two years.
To apply, submit a copy of your CV, a summary of your proposed research,
and at least one letter of recommendation by 11 November 1995 to the
address below.

Applications in English are welcome. For further information please

		Universitaet Tuebingen

 Graduiertenkolleg "Integriertes Linguistik-Studium"

Ab dem 1.1.1996 werden 2 Doktoranden-Stipendien und ein
Postdoktoranden-Stipendium im Graduiertenkolleg "Integriertes
Linguistikstudium" vergeben. Die thematische Zielsetzung des Kollegs
besteht in der Verbindung von Allgemeiner und Theoretischer
Sprachwissenschaft mit der Computerlinguistik, den Einzelphilologien
und den relevanten Disziplinen der Kognitionswissenschaften.

Die Foerderungsdauer betragt im Regelfall zwei Jahre. Voraussetzung
fur die Bewerbung ist ein qualifizierter StudienabschluB in einem
dieser Gebiete. Auch Absolventen anderer, einschlaegiger Studiengange
koennen bei entsprechend qualifiziertem Abschluss Aufnahme in das
Kolleg finden.

Bewerbungen sind (unter Beifuegung von Zeugniskopien, Lebenslauf, der
Skizze eines moglichen Forschungsprojektes und mindestens einem
Gutachten) bis zum 15.11.1995 zu richten an den Sprecher des

 Prof.Dr. A. von Stechow,
 Universitaet Tuebingen,
 Seminar fur Sprachwissenschaft,
 Kleine Wilhelmstr. 113,
 D-72074 Tuebingen

Die Universitaet Tuebingen strebt eine Erhoehung des weiblichen
wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses an und fordert deshalb Frauen
ausdruecklich zur Bewerbung auf.

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