LINGUIST List 7.873

Tue Jun 11 1996

FYI: Kittredge lecture, Donating by credit card redux

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  1. Bruno Tersago, Re: LINGUIST post on Kittredge lecture
  2. Michael Bernstein, donating by credit card redux

Message 1: Re: LINGUIST post on Kittredge lecture

Date: Mon, 10 Jun 1996 22:13:44 +0200
From: Bruno Tersago <>
Subject: Re: LINGUIST post on Kittredge lecture

CLIF (Computational Linguistics In Flanders) and the Centre for
Computational Linguistics of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
have the pleasure of inviting you to the following lecture:





 Dept. of Linguistics and Translation, University of Montreal
 CoGenTex, Inc.

 Tuesday 18 June 1996
 10:00 - 12:00
 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
 Faculty of Arts
 Mgr. Sencie-Institute (MSI), room 00.28
 Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven


A certain tension exists between (1) the need of domain experts to 
communicate among themselves in an efficient subsystem of their 
shared natural language, and (2) the need to communicate technical 
information from the experts to "outsiders" in some understandable 
way. (The outsiders might be non-native speakers, or have limited 
domain knowledge, or both.) A controlled language is designed to 
meet the second need under certain assumptions about the domain 
and linguistic knowledge of the CL consumers (i.e., the outsiders). 
Often, however, little attention is given to the "natural sublanguage" 
of the experts, whose knowledge is to be communicated. A closer 
mirroring of sublanguage grammatical features during CL design 
might help improve acceptance among both CL producer and user 

This talk starts from the notion of sublanguage as it has been 
developed and used in North America for information retrieval, 
machine translation and (most recently) text generation. We discuss 
problems that have arisen or could arise in trying to make a single CL 
standard fit a family of sublanguages, or even a whole text genre. We 
argue for using better sublanguage models to make the design of CLs 
more rational, eventually allowing a more flexible and tailored set of 
standards. Current work in natural language generation already faces 
issues of whether or how to normalize the output text. Research into 
multilingual generation of technical manuals seems to indicate a 
future convergence of concerns between the language generation and 
CL communities. What the CL community can bring to this 
discussion in the short term is the collection and analysis of cases 
where CL features have proved problematic to users, or have seems 
especially alien to experts.
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Message 2: donating by credit card redux

Date: Mon, 10 Jun 1996 16:21:05 EDT
From: Michael Bernstein <>
Subject: donating by credit card redux
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