LINGUIST List 7.26

Sat Jan 6 1996

FYI: UCLA short course on MT, Slavic ling email address list

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  1. Goodin, Bill, UCLA short course on "Machine Translatio
  2. George Fowler, Slavic linguistics email address list

Message 1: UCLA short course on "Machine Translatio

Date: Fri, 05 Jan 1996 11:20:27 PST
From: Goodin, Bill <BGoodinUNEX.UCLA.EDU>
Subject: UCLA short course on "Machine Translatio

On April 22-24, 1996, UCLA Extension will present the short course,
"Machine Translation", on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

The instructors are Eduard Hovy, PhD, USC Information Sciences
Institute; Kevin Knight, PhD, USC Information Sciences Institute; and
Jaime Carbonell, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University.

Machine translation describes computer translation of one human
language to another, and is one of the oldest large-scale applications
of computer science. In today's increasingly networked world, the
need for systems to translate documents to and from a variety of
languages is expanding, for applications as diverse as:

o Multilingual e-mail
o Browsing (such as on the World Wide Web) texts in other
o High-quality translation of business letters and reports
o Translation of technical documents and articles
o Speech-to-speech translation for business and travel.

While useful MT technology is currently available, it is not yet
capable of providing both high-quality and wide-domain performance
simultaneously. For higher quality, the domain may be limited, and
human assistance required while for wider domain, output quality may
be sacrificed. MT research continues to push the boundaries of this
automation-quality-scope continuum. New techniques, such as
statistical MT and example-based MT, add new capabilities and
possibilities to the older tried-and-true methods and theories of MT.
But comparing systems, and measuring MT quality, can be challenging.

This course covers the entire scope of machine translation, including
the original and the latest techniques and technology. It is intended
for both the interested layperson as well as the computer science
professional who wants to become familiar enough with the technology
to construct a simple MT system, or to make informed decisions when
purchasing an MT system or MT services.

The course fee is $1195, which includes extensive course materials.

For additional information and a complete course description, please
contact Marcus Hennessy at:

(310) 825-1047
(310) 206-2815 fax
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Message 2: Slavic linguistics email address list

Date: Sat, 06 Jan 1996 15:52:43 EST
From: George Fowler <>
Subject: Slavic linguistics email address list

 Every year or so I like to remind Linguist subscribers how they
can obtain the Slavic linguistics email address list I maintain. Not
coincidentally, I have just updated it thoroughly, incorporating the
list of people giving papers at the Formal Description of Slavic
Languages conference in Leipzig in Nov-Dec, 1995 (thanks to Martina
Lindseth for providing that list). It can be obtained via anonymous
ftp at

or via WWW from a link in David Birnbaum's Slavic Languages page:

I welcome additions and corrections to the list. In particular, I am
anxious to have the most universal form of addresses (e.g., instead of, which
is the specific machine I most frequently use for mail service). I am
also keen on obtaining European and Russian addresses, which are very
poorly represented in this list (although the current list is rather
better on European Slavists than previous editions).

George Fowler

George Fowler [Email]
Dept. of Slavic Languages [Home] 1-317-726-1482 **Try here first**
Ballantine 502 [Dept] 1-812-855-9906/-2624/-2608
Indiana University [Office] 1-812-855-2829
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA [Fax] 1-812-855-2107
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