Thu Jan 9 1997

Jobs: Lexicography, Iowa position revision

Editor for this issue: T. Daniel Seely <>


  1. Martin King, Lexicography
  2. William Davies, revised announcement for Iowa visiting position

Message 1: Lexicography

Date: Fri, 3 Jan 1997 13:00:57 -0800
From: Martin King <>
Subject: Lexicography

(This message has been posted to 9 language mailing lists; We
apologize for any duplicates you may receive)

We are a small company in Seattle, WA (USA), with a software technology
which makes use of an internal dictionary. In order for our technology to
be useful, the dictionary must be quite comprehensive. It must include all
important word stems, their possible inflections, idiomatic and slang
terms, etc. The dictionary must also include the relative frequency of use
for each of these objects within several chosen corpora. Our experience
(with English) has been that no single source of linguistic data (e.g., a
published word list or dictionary) is sufficiently complete for this
purpose. Rather, we anticipate a process which correlates numerous public
sources of linguistic data, and then further checks the result against the
lexicon found in several large corpora.

Over the next four months our company will be developing new dictionaries
for three languages: French, German, and Spanish. From our experience with
English, we expect that each language data set will require between one and
two person-months to develop. At a minimum, we are interested in locating
individuals who are very fluent in one of these languages (native speakers
would be ideal). Ideally we'd like to locate individuals who are not only
fluent in one or more of these languages, but who also have a background in
computational linguistics and/or computer science.

We imagine that this work will proceed via help from several consultants
who contract either to provide us with the finished dictionaries, or to
assist us in developing them. We would also like to consider working with
an academic researcher, since the technology we are working on is a novel
application of computational linguistics which might well lead to

If you are interested in helping us with this project, please contact:

Aiki, L.L.C. (206) 343 7001
P.O. 4680 Fax: 343 7004
Seattle, WA 98104
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Message 2: revised announcement for Iowa visiting position

Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 12:31:50 -0600 (CST)
From: William Davies <>
Subject: revised announcement for Iowa visiting position

Attached is a revised announcement for the visiting position at the 
University of Iowa, which will now be a full-year rather than 
one-semester appointment.

October 1996

 (Revised Position Description)

 The Department of Linguistics at The University of Iowa
invites applications for an appointment for the entire academic
year 1997-98. Candidates should be able to teach introductory
phonology as well as at least one of the following:
sociolinguistics, history of English, introductory syntax,
introductory semantics. First consideration will be given to
those candidates who will have completed the PhD degree by the
time of appointment. Women and minorities are encouraged to

 Applicants should send a letter of application, a curriculum
vitae, and the names of three references to:

 Catherine Ringen, Chair, Search Committee
 Department of Linguistics
 The University of Iowa
 Iowa City, IA 52242-1408

 Applicants for this position should indicate that they are
applying for the visiting position and not the tenure-track
position for a phonologist, which was announced earlier.
Applicants who wish to be considered for both positions should
indicate this in the letter of application.

 For fullest consideration, candidates should make
application by January 1, 1997. Screening will begin immediately.
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