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Author: Gisle Andersen

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: THE BERGEN ADVANCED TRAINING SITE IN MULTILINGUAL TOOLS (BATMULT) A
THE UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN, NORWAY OFFERS INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAINING IN
MULTILINGUAL RESOURCES AND TOOLS. THE TRAINING SITE PROVIDES TRAINING
THROUGH COURSES, PROJECT WORK, AND INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION, AND IS OPEN
TO:
- FELLOWS DOING A PHD IN COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS, ESPECIALLY WITH
REFERENCE TO MULTILINGUALITY AND SCANDINAVIAN LANGUAGES;
- FELLOWS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE WHO WORK ON LANGUAGE APPLICATIONS AND
WHO WISH TO EXTEND AND DEEPEN THEIR LINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE;
- FELLOWS WITH LINGUISTICS, HUMAN SCIENCES OR SOCIAL SCIENCES
BACKGROUND WHO WISH TO STUDY THE ROLE OF MANAGEMENT OF MULTILINGUALITY
AND TEXT ENCODING.

BATMULT IS ESTABLISHED THROUGH SUPPORT FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION'S 5TH
FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME FOR RESEARCH, "IMPROVING HUMAN RESEARCH POTENTIAL
AND THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC KNOWLEDGE BASE", MARIE CURIE HOST FELLOWSHIP
SCHEME.

DOCTORAL STUDENTS FROM EU MEMBER STATES ARE WELCOME TO APPLY FOR
VACANT POSITIONS IN 2004. FELLOWS WILL RECEIVE 1200 EURO PER MONTH IN
SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE, AND WILL BE REFUNDED A TWO-WAY TRAVEL,
RESTRICTED TO ECONOMY CLASS AIR AND RAIL FARE. FOR MORE INFORMATION
ABOUT ELIGIBILITY AND HOW TO APPLY, CHECK
HTTP://HELMER.AKSIS.UIB.NO/BATMULT/, OR SEND A MESSAGE TO
BATMULT@UIB.NO.





FOR THE PAST WHILE, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON A PROJECT WE CALL THE
LINGUIST'S SEARCH ENGINE (LSE), AN EASY-TO-USE WEB TOOL THAT PERMITS
LINGUISTS TO DO SEARCHES THEY COULD NOT EASILY DO ON GOOGLE OR
ALTAVISTA -- FOR EXAMPLE, SEARCHES INVOLVING SYNTACTICSTRUCTURE,
CONSTRUCTIONS, AND THE LIKE. (I MYSELF AM INTERESTED IN PHENOMENA
HAVING TO DO WITH VERB-ARGUMENT REALIZATION, AND THERE'S JUST NO WAY
TO ASK A STANDARD BAG-OF WORDS SEARCH ENGINE FOR, SAY, SENTENCES WITH
ANY INFLECTION OF SUCH-AND-SUCH A VERB USED WITHOUT A DIRECT OBJEC
NP.)

I'M HAPPY TO SAY THE LSE IS NOW UP, RUNNING, AND AVAILABLE.

IF WE'VE DONE IT RIGHT, WHAT YOU'LL FIND AT HTTP://LSE.UMIACS.UMD.EDU/
SHOULD BE PRETTY SELF-EXPLANATORY. FOR THOSE WHO PREFER EXPLANATIONS
OF THE NON-SELF VARIETY, A GETTING STARTED GUIDE CAN BE FOUND A
HTTP://LSE.UMIACS.UMD.EDU/LSE_GUIDE.HTML. AND FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO
RTFM, TFM IS AT HTTP://LSE.UMIACS.UMD.EDU/LSEUSER. FINALLY, THERE ARE
DISCUSSION FORUMS SET UP AT HTTP://LSE.UMIACS.UMD.EDU/FORUM/ THA
WILL, WE HOPE, GIVE RISE TO A GENUINE LSE USER COMMUNITY ON THE WEB.

SINCE THE LSE HAS ONLY BEEN AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR A
SHORT TIME, THERE MAY STILL BE SOME TECHNICAL GLITCHES. IF YOU
ENCOUNTER ANY PROBLEMS, PLEASE BEAR WITH US, AND E-MAIL US A
LSE@UMIACS.UMD.EDU TO LET US KNOW. PLEASE ALSO LET US KNOW, VIA THE
DISCUSSION FORUMS, WHAT INTERESTING EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE, POSITIVE OR
NEGATIVE, AND WHAT FEATURES YOU'D LIKE TO SEE ADDED TO MAKE THE LSE
MORE USEFUL.

PHILIP

PHILIP RESNIK, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS AND
INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED COMPUTER STUDIES

1401 MARIE MOUNT HALL UMIACS PHONE: (301) 405 6760
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND LINGUISTICS : (301) 405-8903
COLLEGE PARK, MD 20742 USA
HTTP://UMIACS.UMD.EDU/~RESNIK
E-MAIL: RESNIK@UMD.EDU


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