LINGUIST List 11.923

Fri Apr 21 2000

Qs: Software/NL Analysis, Ambiguous Words/Corpus

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  1. Johannes Reese, Technical questions (computer)
  2. Laila Lalami, Corpus question

Message 1: Technical questions (computer)

Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 14:11:31 +0200
From: Johannes Reese <>
Subject: Technical questions (computer)

Dear fellow linguists,

I am looking for advice in two technical problems:

1. Does anyone know of free (or affordable) software for physically
analyzing natural language, producing sonagrams etc. on Win9x or LINUX.
At my former university, I used to use ASL, which was said to be quite
expensive and which ran on DOS (which would be no hinder for me).

2. Has anyone got experience in good recording technology? A friend of
mine once showed me some minidisc recording, which was quite impressing
in its quality. He could do A1 recordings from a relative big distance.
I heard, though, about MP3 recorders, which are better compatible with
the PC, and are said to be (by sellers) to be of equal quality as the


Johannes Reese
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Message 2: Corpus question

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 16:41:58 -0700
From: Laila Lalami <>
Subject: Corpus question

Hi all,

Does anyone know whether there exists a corpus that breaks down frequency
information by meaning? I am looking for a source that would help me tease
out the frequencies with which different meanings of ambiguous words (e.g
"Java") occur.

Any pointers appreciated. Thanks.


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Laila Lalami
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