LINGUIST List 12.527

Sun Feb 25 2001

Qs: Eprint Archives, Software/Semantic Analysis

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  1. Stevan Harnad, Survey of Users and Non-Users of Eprint Archives
  2. Wil Snyder, software for grammar/semantic analysis

Message 1: Survey of Users and Non-Users of Eprint Archives

Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 15:53:31 +0000 (GMT)
From: Stevan Harnad <>
Subject: Survey of Users and Non-Users of Eprint Archives

I would be very grateful if you could participate in a survey we are
conducting on current users and non-users of Eprint Archives.

The purpose of the survey is to determine who is and is not using such
archives at this time, how they use them if they do, why they do not
use them if they do not, and what features they would like to have
added to them to make them more useful. (The survey is anonymous.
Revealing your identity is optional and it will be kept confidential.)

The survey consists of about web-based 72 questions, and comes in four


 1. arXiv Users

 2. arXiv Non-Users

COGNITIVE SCIENTISTS (Psychologists, Neuroscientists, Behavioral
Biologists, Computer Scientists [AI/robotics/vision/speech/learning],
Linguists, Philosophers)

 3. CogPrints Users

 4. CogPrints Non-Users

OTHER DISCIPLINES: Please use either 2. or 4.

Many thanks,

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
 Computer Science fax: +44 23-80 592-865
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton
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Message 2: software for grammar/semantic analysis

Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 23:26:50 +0800
From: Wil Snyder <>
Subject: software for grammar/semantic analysis


I'm researching Bouyei, a northern Tai language in China, and am in the
process of collecting a very large corpa of texts, and building a lexical
database. I want to mainly base my grammar/semantics analysis on this corpa
as I build it, so I want to be able to interlinearize all my texts, and tag
each morpheme with lexical, syntactic and semantic information, as well as
the syntactic and semantic structures. I want to be able to organize the
data based on these tags and structures, and link to my lexical database. I
need to use Chinese as well as English, IPA in my tags and lexical db.

Is there software out there that can help with this project? I've
looked at SIL's lingualinks, which sounds wonderful, but it is
unusable, and is built on a closed db model. Not exactly
scalable. Shoebox is a half-decent program, but it doesn't handle
Chinese well, and is being discontinued. I use win2000 and Linux, so
either windows or unix software is ok by me.

Any suggestions?


Wil Snyder
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