It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
'Named Entities' provides critical information for many NLP applications.
Named Entity recognition and classification (NERC) in text is recognized as
one of the important sub-tasks of Information Extraction (IE). The seven
papers in this volume cover various interesting and informative aspects of
NERC research. Nadeau & Sekine provide an extensive survey of past NERC
technologies, which should be a very useful resource for new researchers in
this field. Smith & Osborne describe a machine learning model which tries
to solve the over-fitting problem. Mazur & Dale tackle a common problem
of NE and conjunction; as conjunctions are often a part of NEs or appear
close to NEs, this is an important practical problem. A further three
papers describe analyses and implementations of NERC for different
languages: Spanish (Galicia-Haro & Gelbukh), Bengali (Ekbal, Naskar &;
Bandyopadhyay), and Serbian (Vitas, Krstev & Maurel). Finally, Steinberger
& Pouliquen report on a real WEB application where multilingual NERC
technology is used to identify occurrences of people, locations and
organizations in newspapers in different languages.
The contributions to this volume were previously published as 'Lingvisticae
Investigationes' 30:1 (2007).