LINGUIST List 8.1103

Mon Jul 28 1997

Jobs: French Grammarian, Research Studentship

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  1. Deborah Coughlin, Job Posting: Computational grammarian (French)
  2. Gareth Gaskell, Research Studentship - Birkbeck College, London

Message 1: Job Posting: Computational grammarian (French)

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:45:56 -0700
From: Deborah Coughlin <>
Subject: Job Posting: Computational grammarian (French)

The NLP Group in Microsoft Research is looking for a computational
grammarian for French. The position will be located on the Microsoft
central campus in Redmond, Washington, USA. This is a great
opportunity to work with a dedicated group of researchers who are
creating a system for unrestricted text understanding and generation,
and integrating that technology into Microsoft products that are sold
around the world.


The primary responsibility will be designing and writing critique
rules for a grammar checker. The rules are based on the output of our
French language parser, so the critique rule writer will become
intimately familiar with the Microsoft natural language system, and
will then enhance the system by creating rules to flag grammatical
errors and suggest alternatives.


The qualifications should include experience in linguistic research
and software development; familiarity with natural language
processing; a flexible approach to linguistic theory; and an advanced
degree in linguistics, computer science, or a closely related
discipline. Native proficiency in French is assumed; practical
experience with NLP implementation issues or grammar checkers is
highly desirable.


We are in the process of designing and building a system to analyze
unrestricted natural language, taking input text, and moving from
lexical/morphological analysis through syntax, semantics, and
eventually pragmatics and discourse. A generation component is also
planned. As part of Microsoft Research, we work toward the long-term
goal of broad coverage language analysis: however, we also work
closely with product groups to integrate our technology into Microsoft
products. In Microsoft Office '97, the English grammar checker is
based on our technology. We are ready to develop the same system for

We are empirically oriented, and are happy to use good linguistic
ideas wherever they can be found. A reasonable first-version summary
of our techniques and some of our experience can be found in the book
"Natural Language Processing: The PLNLP Approach," Kluwer Academic
Publishers, Boston, 1993.

For more information about the NLP group, connect to our home page on
the World Wide Web.

CONTACT: Please send resumes, cover letters, and any additional
materials to:

 	Steven Clyne
 	Human Resources
 	Microsoft Corporation
 	One Microsoft Way
 	Redmond, WA 98052
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Message 2: Research Studentship - Birkbeck College, London

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 17:37:09 +0000
From: Gareth Gaskell <>
Subject: Research Studentship - Birkbeck College, London

 Birkbeck College, University of London



We have an MRC Research Studentship to work with Professor L.K. Tyler
in the Centre for Speech and Language, which houses an
interdisciplinary group of researchers working on language and its
impairments. The student will work with language-impaired patients
studying their morphological and/or semantic deficits. The starting
date for the studentship will be 1 October 1997

For additional details contact Professor Tyler at the address below or
by email:

Applicants should note that the Centre for Speech and Language may
move to Cambridge in July 1998.

Professor L.K. Tyler
Centre for Speech and Language
Department of Psychology
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
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