LINGUIST List 7.1566

Wed Nov 6 1996

Sum: Company names and acronyms

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  1. Lena Santamarta, sum: company names and acronyms

Message 1: sum: company names and acronyms

Date: Mon, 04 Nov 1996 12:55:59 +0100
From: Lena Santamarta <>
Subject: sum: company names and acronyms

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Last May a posted a request for information about research on company
names and acronyms. I would like to thank the following people for 

Warren A. Brewer <>
Thomas Gloning <>
Francois Yvon <>
Nancy Underwood <>
Gila Zadok <>
Dr. Michal Ephratt <RHLH702UVM.HAIFA.AC.IL>
Mats Eeg-Olofsson <>
Andreas Westerhoff <>

This summary is a selected list of what I found interesting. Some of
the references I got are not included in the summary either because I
didn't find them interesting for my approach or because I don't know
the language they are written on (as German).

I would specially like to thanks Andreas Westerhoff and Gila Zadok for
sharing their work and knowledge with me.

Aronoff, Mark (1981), "Automobile semantics", Linguistic inquiry 12:3,
pp. 329-347

Boula de Mareuil, Philippe,(1994), "Vers une phonemisation automatique
des Sigles", Actes des XXeme Journees d'Etudes sur la Parole, pp. 

Brewer, Warren A. (1987) , Notes on the Folksyntagn - R US, American
Speech, vol.62, pp.177-180

Cannon, G. (1989) "Abbreviations and Acronyms in English
Word-Formation.", American Speech 64:2 , pp. 99-127.

Carroll, John M. (1983), "Toward a functional theory of names and
meaning", Linguistics 21:2, pp. 341-371.

Coates-Stephens, Sam (1992), "The Analysis and Acquisition of Proper
Names for Robust Text Understanding", PhD Thesis, City University London

Davies, Eirlys E (1987),."Eyeplay: On Some Uses of Nonstandard
Spelling", Language and Communication: An Interdisciplinary Journal
7:1, pp. 47-58.

Gallipini, F.A. (1996), "Learning to Recognize Names Across Languages",
Proceedings of the 16th COLING, pp. 424-429

Goldberg, David (1984), "The Right to Use One's Own Name in Business",
Names 32:2, pp. 156-169.

Hsin-Hsi Chen, Jen-Chang Lee (1996) "Identification and Classification
of Proper Nouns in Chinese Texts", Proceedings of the 16th COLING, pp. 

Kalyaswami (1991) "Say What? -- Problems in preprocessing names and
addresses for text-to-speech conversion", Proceedings AVIOS '91, .pp 

Kerly, (1983), Kerly's law of Trade Marks and trade Names, Eleventh
edition edited by T. A. Blanco white and Robin Jacob, London: Sweet & 

McCully, C.B & Holmes, M. (1988), "Some Notes on the Structure of
Acronyms", Lingua 74:1, pp. 27-43.

McDonald, D.D. (1993), "Internal and external evidence in the
identification and Semantic categorisation of Proper Names" In
Proceedings of SIGLEX workshop on "Adquisition of Lexical knowledge
from text", pp. 32-43

Murphy, John M. (1987), Branding: A key marketing tool, Houndmills,
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 2XS and London 1987, ISBN 0-333-39911-0

Lentine,-Genine; Shuy,-Roger-W. (1990), "Mc-: Meaning in the
Marketplace", American Speech: A Quarterly of Linguistic Usage 65:4,
pp. 349-366.

Nordiska samarbetskommitt E9n f F6r namnforskning (1994), D6vriga namn.

Takahiro W., Gaizauskas, R. & Wilks, Yorick (1996), "Evaluation of an
Algorithm for Recognition and Classification of Proper Names",
Proceedings of the 16th COLING, pp. 418-423

Plenat, M. (1991), "Vers une oralisation des Sigles", Actes des IIeme 
Journees internationales du GRECO-PRC, pp. 363-371.

Plenat, M. ed. (1994), Linx Nr 30 "Les Sigles". A publication of
l'Universit E9 de Paris X-Nanterre.
For more information see:

Plenat, M. (1994), "Observations sur le Mot Minimal Francais", De
Natura Sonorum, pp. 144-172.

Pound, Louise(1951), "Trade Name Irridations", American Speech 26, pp. 

Praninskas Jean, 1968, Trade Name Creation, The Hague: Mouton.

Rau, L.F. (1992), "Extracting Company Names from Text" In Proceedings
of the Twelfth National Conference on Artificial Intelligense (AAAI),
pp. 820-826.

Ries, A; Trout, J. (1986), Positioning The Battle for Your Mind
First Edition-revised, New York.

Sebba, M. (1986), "The -ex Ending in Product Names", American Speech
61, pp. 318-326.

Tienson, J. (1986), "An observation on common names and proper names",
Analysis 46:2, pp. 73-76

Walasek, R. A. (1983), "The nature of electric utility company names",
Names 31:3, pp. 197-206

Wang, L.J.; Li, W.C. and Chang, C.H. (1992)," Recognizing Unregistered
Names for Mandarin Word Identification", Proceedings of 14th COLING,
Nantes, pp. 1239-1243.

Yaschin, D. et al (1992), "Results from automating a Name and address
service with speech synthesis", Proceedings AVIOS '92, pp. 309-315

Yvon, F.. (1996), "Lire les sigles : pour une approche E0 base de 
contrainte", acte du s E9minaire "Lexique et Communication Parl E9e" du 
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Lena Santamarta
Telia Promotor AB
Solna - Sweden

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