LINGUIST List 9.1109

Fri Aug 7 1998

FYI: Software, Qur'anic Studies, Portuguese

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  1. Jo Calder, Thistle: parameterizable diagram editor
  2.>, Journal of Qur'anic Studies:
  3. Signe.Oksefjell, Portuguese Resources on the Web

Message 1: Thistle: parameterizable diagram editor

Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 12:25:24 +0100
From: Jo Calder <>
Subject: Thistle: parameterizable diagram editor

The Language Technology Group of the Human Communication Research
Centre, University of Edinburgh, is pleased to announce the release of
version 1.5 of the diagram display engine and editor `Thistle'.

Thistle is a novel design for a parameterizable diagram display engine
and editor. Instances of the Thistle scheme allow editing of diagrams
associated with the following linguistic theories/formalisms:

- HPSG (all of the theory-internal diagrams from Pollard and Sag '94)
- some CG variants
- metrical trees (as per Hogg and McCully)
- analysis and type trees from Dowty, Wall and Peters' exposition of 
 Montague's PTQ 

The page of demonstrations (see below) contains a pointers to a number
of other diagram classes and applications, including step-time
animations of diagrams. New classes of diagram can be created by
writing simple grammar rules.

Here are some of the more conspicuous changes from version 1.4beta:

- a few more diagram classes are available
- textual elements of a diagram may be constrained by regular
- there is now a tutorial

There have also been numerous minor improvements and corrections to
programming errors, and enhancements or additions to existing diagram

More detailed descriptions of Thistle and many example pages are
available from

and pages reachable from there. The demo pages require a Java-enabled

Thistle is available free-of-charge for non-commercial purposes.
Completion of a registration form is required. Existing registered
users may upgrade to 1.5 following the access instructions already
communicated to them.

Happy Drawing,

Jo Calder 

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Jonathan Calder

Language Technology Group, 
Human Communication Research Centre 
and Centre for Cognitive Science 
University of Edinburgh
2/6B2 Buccleuch Place 
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9LW 

Phone: (0131) 650 4656 
Fax: (0131) 650 4587 

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Message 2: Journal of Qur'anic Studies:

Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 16:24:53 GMT
From:> <>
Subject: Journal of Qur'anic Studies:

In my message of 24 July re. the new Journal of Qur'anic Studies, the
email address given for info. had attached to it my automatic
signature, making a nonsense of the address. You might want to note
the email for Professor M. Abdel Haleem is :

You can also contact me at:

Apologies, thanks and in anticipation

A Yusuf, Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS
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Message 3: Portuguese Resources on the Web

Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 13:38:06 +0200
From: Signe.Oksefjell <>
Subject: Portuguese Resources on the Web

We have just compiled a catalogue of NLP resources for Portuguese,
listing corpora, dictionaries, terminological databases, tools and
other possible pointers of interest, at We welcome additions
and suggestions for improvement.

Diana Santos and Signe Oksefjell
Computational processing of Portuguese

SINTEF Telecom and Informatics
Forskningsveien 1
Box 124 Blindern
N-0314 Oslo, Norway			
Fax. +47 22 06 73 50
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