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Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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The GOLD Community of Practice (GOLDComm)


Our newest research project, in collaboration with the University of Washington, is "Implementing the GOLD Community of Practice: Laying the Foundations for a Linguistics Cyberinfrastructure." The primary goal of GOLDComm is to increase the amount of ontology-aware linguistic data available to the researcher.

The objectives of GOLDComm are four-fold:
  1. to improve intelligent harvesting of linguistic data for the Online Database of INterlinear text (ODIN)
  2. to mark up and integrate such data within the ontology-driven framework known as the General Ontology for Linguistic Description (GOLD)
  3. to develop a search facility that models general linguistic knowledge with specific analytical knowledge of particular languages
  4. to provide an interactive environment that allows the linguistic community to have input and make modifications to the core ontology that is at the heart of the data integration process

The long-term goal of the project is to offer the average linguist access to large amounts of structured and searchable linguistic data. The two-year GOLDComm project is funded by a National Science Foundation grant (BCS 0720122).


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