LINGUIST List 5.1437

Mon 12 Dec 1994

Misc: LONGMAN PRIZE, Comp. lx, African lx, Mac shareware

Editor for this issue: <>


  2. Graeme Hirst, Computational Linguistics at Toronto and Waterloo
  3. "Jacqueline Lecarme", announcement/call for papers
  4. Linguistic Instruments, Announcement


Date: Thu, 8 Dec 1994 10:45:23 +0000
From: <>
The Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) in
association with Longman, publishers of the journal
*Language and Literature* are awarding two prizes
each year for published papers from academics at
the beginning of their careers in areas of interest
to PALA members and typically covered by *Language
and Literature*
Further details are available from the editors of
*Language and Literature*
Tony Bex
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Message 2: Computational Linguistics at Toronto and Waterloo

Date: Fri, 9 Dec 1994 13:52:18 -0500
From: Graeme Hirst <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics at Toronto and Waterloo
at the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo
The computational linguistics research groups at the Universities of
Toronto and Waterloo invite applications for graduate study from
highly qualified students.
The two groups are collaborating in a new project in natural language
generation. The goal of the project, called HealthDoc, is to develop
systems for the production of individually customized patient education
materials. The project involves topics in NLG, lexical semantics, and
style and pragmatics in language.
The groups also carry out research in other topics in CL, including
machine translation, pragmatics in analysis, lexical cohesion, tools
for writers (especially in collaborative writing), and knowledge
representation formalisms for natural language.
For more information about this research, contact:
 Graeme Hirst Chrysanne DiMarco
 Department of Computer Science Department of Computer Science
 University of Toronto University of Waterloo
 Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A4 Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
 416-978-8747; 519-888-4443;
For admission to the graduate programs, apply directly to the
Department of Computer Science at either or both universities. For
application packages, contact (416-978-8762)
and/or (519-888-4567 x4872).
All students who are admitted will receive financial aid.
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Message 3: announcement/call for papers

Date: Mon, 12 Dec 94 20:05:34 +0000
From: "Jacqueline Lecarme" <>
Subject: announcement/call for papers
---------------------LINGUISTIQUE AFRICAINE-------------------------
Founded in 1988 and published under the auspices of the Centre National
de la Recherche Scientifique.
Advisory Board:
A. Bamgbose (Ibadan) - T. Bearth (Zurich) - G. Clements (Paris) - A.
Culioli (Paris) - J.T. Givon (Eugene,USA) - C. Hagege (Paris) - B. Heine
(Koln) - J.M. Hombert (Lyon) - J. Lowenstamm (Paris) - G. Manessy (Nice)
- T. Shadeberg (Leiden) - R. Shuh (Los Angeles).
Editorial Board:
C. Braconnier (Clermont-Ferrand), A. Delplanque (Tours), R. Kabore
(Poitiers), A. Khim (Paris), J. Lecarme (Nice-Sophia Antipolis), A.
Mohamadou (Paris), C. Paulian (Paris), S. Platiel (Paris), A. Rialland
(Paris), M. Sachnine (Paris), E. Shimamungu (Lille).
Editor-in-Chief: S. Platiel.
LINGUISTIQUE AFRICAINE provides a forum for the presentation and
discussion of data-oriented and theoretically-oriented research in
African linguistics. A primary goal of the journal is to encourage
research which will contribute to the resolution of problems in African
Linguistics, and enable African languages to play a more important role
in the shaping of contemporary linguistic theory. LINGUISTIQUE AFRICAINE
particularly welcomes original contributions on the syntax, morphology
and phonology of African languages. The journal is also structured to
include review articles, book notices, dissertation abstracts, and
overviews of research in specific areas of African linguistics. From
time to time, thematic issues, organized by the Editors will be devoted
to topics of special interest.
LINGUISTIQUE AFRICAINE invites contributions in French or
English. Manuscripts should be sent to:
2, rue de Lille
75343 Paris Cedex 07
Subscription Information:
1994, Number 12 and 13 (2 issues): FF 150, $ 30.00, ECU 22.
Single issues: FF 80, $ 17.00, ECU 12.
Two issues published per year.
Back issues available upon request.
Orders may be directed to LINGUISTIQUE AFRICAINE. For further
information please contact Suzy Platiel, Fax: +33 (1) 49 26 42 99,
e-mail:, or:
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Message 4: Announcement

Date: Mon, 12 Dec 94 16:21:58 +0100
From: Linguistic Instruments <>
Subject: Announcement
 ***** Grammar Laboratories *****
 for the Macintosh
 A Campus Company at the
 Department of Linguistics
 Goteborg University
Linguistic Instruments is a small company specializing in research
instruments and teaching programs for linguists. In our series of
*Grammar Laboratories* for the Macintosh we currently offer four
 - Phrase Structure Grammar Laboratory
 - Definite Clause Grammar Laboratory
 - PATR Laboratory
 - Categorial Grammar Laboratory
The Grammar Laboratories are systems for writing grammars in a form
that may be manipulated by a computer. They are designed as aids for
students to explore formal grammars for natural language. They help
the student understand the relationship between strings, rules, and
trees, to grasp the concepts of parsing and generation, the notions of
syntactic ambiguity and recursion, as well as other important concepts
of general and computational linguistics.
For the researcher, although the grammar laboratories should not be
regarded as full-fledged grammar development environments, they are
nevertheless useful for testing out ideas, in a quick and simple
way. Moreover, the programs are able to display analysis trees and
feature structures graphically, the graphics can be formatted in all
sorts of ways, and subsequently exported to other applications.
Each program has two tools, a parser and a generator. The Parser tool
parses sentences and graphically displays the corresponding categories
and trees (if any). The Generator tool accepts as input a start symbol
and a specification of a maximal tree depth, and (randomly or
systematically) generates any combination of a string, spoken
utterance, category symbol, or tree.
The Grammar Laboratories form an integrated package with a generic
design. Nevertheless, each laboratory has some distinguishing
 - PSG Laboratory: A useful tool for introductory courses. It
 directly supports the standard notation for
 (context-free) phrase structure grammar,
 including conventions for optional and
 alternative constituents.
 - DCG Laboratory: An environment for Definite Clause Grammar
 supporting variable categories, left-recursive
 rules, and a limited use of escape to Prolog.
 - PATR Laboratory: Over and above the standard PATR formalism, this
 system supports list-valued features and feature
 structure variables. The graphical display of
 feature structures is enhanced with colour coding
 for reentrancy.
 - CG Laboratory: Grammatical analyses can be displayed either in
 ordinary phrase structure trees or in the special
 kind of annotated proof trees characteristic of
 categorial grammar.
The Grammar Laboratories are *real* Macintosh applications, with all
the functionality and user-friendliness that you have learned to
expect from Macintosh programs. Each package comes with printed
documentation in the form of a 20 pages booklet, as well as a
collection of sample grammars.
Fully functional versions of the Grammar Laboratories, freely
distributed for evaluation, can be retrieved by anonymous ftp from
the following sites:
 or at any mirror of info-mac.
The Grammar Laboratories are *shareware programs*. This means that if
you use them, you should pay for them. For further information, please
 Linguistic Instruments
 Dept of Linguistics
 Goeteborg University
 S-412 98 Goeteborg
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