LINGUIST List 7.1270

Thu Sep 12 1996

FYI: WWW lg conf list, Syntax utilities, Editorial studentship

Editor for this issue: Ann Dizdar <>


  1. "Roy F. Cochrun", WWW language conference list
  2. Adam Meyers, COMLEX Syntax utilities
  3. "Li Wei", Editorial studentship

Message 1: WWW language conference list

Date: Sat, 07 Sep 1996 20:00:38 EDT
From: "Roy F. Cochrun" <>
Subject: WWW language conference list

The language conference list located on the WWW at URL has been updated with
nearly 60 new conferences since the August 1996 edition. Some other
changes also have been made with this update, to include a separate
page of links for linguists wishing to search for conferences
themselves or for lists related to languages.

The list includes conferences for anyone interested in any
aspect of natural language: linguists, translators, interpreters,
teachers of languages (even one's own native language to native
speakers, such as English in American high schools), those who
are involved in natural language processing, et al.

As usual, changes, updates, corrections or comments via e-mail to, please.

 --Roy Cochrun
Roy's Russian Resource:
Language Conferences:
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Message 2: COMLEX Syntax utilities

Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 15:57:57 EDT
From: Adam Meyers <meyersZELLIG.CS.NYU.EDU>
Subject: COMLEX Syntax utilities

The Proteus Project would like to announce the availability of a
utility package written in common lisp for use with COMLEX
Syntax. This utility package is available by ftp or from our web site
(see below).

1. What is COMLEX Syntax?

COMLEX Syntax is a monolingual English Dictionary consisting of 38,000
head words intended for use in natural language processing. This
dictionary has been developed by the Proteus Project at New York
University under the auspices of the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC).
COMLEX Syntax, like other LDC products, is available for both research
and commercial use to LDC members with minimal legal restrictions on
its usage. The current version is COMLEX Syntax 2.2, released in
January 1996.

The current dictionary includes entries for approximately 21,000
nouns, 8,000 adjectives and 6,000 verbs, all of which are marked with
a rich set of syntactic features and complements. Nouns have 9
possible features and 9 possible complements; adjectives have 7
features and 14 complements; and verbs have 5 features and 92
complements. Other entries identify words as adverbs, prepositions,
cardinal numbers, etc. without further specification. The entries for
750 frequent verbs, contain 100 tags each, where a tag includes: a
pointer to an instance of that verb in a corpus and the
subcategorization appropriate for that instance.

2. What does the utility package do?

The package includes programs which sort/print/format the dictionary
in various ways, get all inflectional forms of head words, display
citations from tags, and conduct boolean searches over the dictionary.

3. How do I get the actual dictionary and related corpus?

Contact the Linguistic Data Consortium.

Email Address:

4. How does one get the COMLEX utility package, and other stuff,
including COMLEX manuals and related papers?


(A) visit our web cite at:

or (B) Do an anonymous ftp to and change directories to

Please direct any questions to Adam Meyers (

Thank you.
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Message 3: Editorial studentship

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 09:12:29 GMT
From: "Li Wei" <>
Subject: Editorial studentship


 The Ablex Editorial Studentship has the dual aims of promoting
 advanced research in the fields of bilingualism and cross-linguistic
studies of language acquisition, development and impairment and
assisting the Editors of the International Journal of Bilingualism
(IJB), published by Ablex Publishing Corporation, in editorial and
administrative matters of the Journal. Applications are invited from
British or EU nationals with at least an upper second class honours
degree, or equivalent, in either linguistics, psychology, or speech
sciences. Relevant work and research experience, good written and
oral communication skills, and familiarity with the use of the
Internet and word- processing software would be an
advantage. Knowledge of languages other than English is desirable, but
not essential.

 The successful candidate will be registered for a PhD in the
 Department of Speech, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The
Studentship covers maintenance and fees at the same level as UK
research council studentships and is tenable, from 1st January, 1997,
for a maximum of five years subject to annual review.

 For further information and application forms, please contact:

 Dr Li Wei or Dr Nick Miller
 Department of Speech
 King George VI Building
 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
 NE1 7RU, UK
 Fax: (0191) 222 6518
 Telephone: (0191) 222 6760/5603
 E-Mail: or

 Closing date: Friday 18 October, 1996
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