LINGUIST List 18.3875

Sat Dec 22 2007

FYI: IARPA Funding Available; Traugott Interview

Editor for this issue: Ann Sawyer <>

Directory         1.    Amy Jarrett, Funding available - New IARPA Research Program
        2.    Robin Queen, Interview with Elizabeth Traugott

Message 1: Funding available - New IARPA Research Program
Date: 21-Dec-2007
From: Amy Jarrett <>
Subject: Funding available - New IARPA Research Program
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IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity)

Preliminary Solicitation Information

SCILSocio-cultural Content in Language Program

IARPA’s SCIL Program is seeking innovative, creative, cutting-edge researchto achieve advancements in technologies that significantly expand humanlanguage understanding. As a mirror of socio-cultural norms andprinciples, language reflects people’s beliefs, goals, intentions andrelationships. This R&D program intends to explore automated methods ofcorrelating socio-cultural features with human language indicators. Thegoal of the program is to develop new approaches to expanding our knowledgeof context, meaning and identity.

The unit of analysis for the initial efforts in this program is socialgroups. These groups do not have to be named groups but should be made upof 2 to n participants (speakers/authors and audience) that have on-goinginteractions. The socio-cultural phenomena and goals that groups mightdisplay include leadership, influence, coercion, recruitment, sentiment,intent, emerging behaviors, role of religion, group cohesion and state ofmembership (e.g., initiate, long-term). The program is interested inproviding evidence from the language used by group participants of suchsocio-cultural phenomena.

It is the ultimate goal of the SCIL Program to discover, characterize andautomate the correlation of a wide range of socio-cultural phenomena ofgroups with evidence from the language used by those groups. The SCILProgram is generally not interested in enhancing or continuing the standardwork done in Information or Content Extraction, Social Network Analysis norData Mining.

IARPA anticipates that the SCIL Program will be a five-year program,beginning in 2008. Year 1 will involve exploratory efforts to define theproblem, to investigate new and creative ways of advancing deep languageunderstanding and to prototype the findings. It is projected that multiplecontracts will be awarded at funding levels adequate to support robustexploratory work.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Year I of SCIL will be releasedearly in 2008. The solicitation will be open to all research anddevelopment organizations located in the U.S., including large and smallbusinesses, academic and eligible non-profit and not-for-profitinstitutions and collaborative ventures from mixed sources. If you wouldlike to be placed on the bidders list for the SCIL Program, please send ane-mail to and include the following information:

* Your name* Name of company/institution* Email address

You will be notified when the BAA is issued. All details regardingproposal submission will be in the BAA.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
Message 2: Interview with Elizabeth Traugott
Date: 21-Dec-2007
From: Robin Queen <>
Subject: Interview with Elizabeth Traugott
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The Journal of English Linguistics has published an interview withElizabeth Traugott conducted by Scott Schwenter.

The interview can be downloaded for free for the next couple of months atthis link:

You can also simply access the Journal of English Linguistics' home page atSAGE via Google (or your favorite search engine) and link to the .pdf filefrom there.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics