LINGUIST List 8.1605

Mon Nov 10 1997

Qs: CL/NLP, Rate of Speech, Louisiana Creole

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  1. Martin Volk, Interactive online CL demos
  2. Ploquin M, Rate of Speech
  3. Larry Rosenwald, Louisiana Creole

Message 1: Interactive online CL demos

Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 17:44:03 +0100
From: Martin Volk <>
Subject: Interactive online CL demos

I've searched the Web for existing interactive online CL/NLP tools for
English or German. To my surprise I did not find too many.

The sites are interactive in the sense that one can enter words or
sentences into an HTML form for online linguistic processing. Pure
dictionary lookup was omitted while concordancing over a natural
language corpus was included.

My collection is located at

Please check it out and let me know of any important omissions.

Thank you.

Regards, Martin Volk

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Message 2: Rate of Speech

Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 19:50:37 -0000
From: Ploquin M <>
Subject: Rate of Speech

I am a student at Royal Holloway, University of London and a
researcher for the Applied Linguistics department at Birkbeck College,
University of London.

I need to find out the average rate of speech of British English and
of French for a research project. One of my lecturers mentioned that
you might be able to help, so.........I look forward to hearing from
you. Marie Ploquin
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Message 3: Louisiana Creole

Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 12:51:46 -0400
From: Larry Rosenwald <lrosenwaldWELLESLEY.EDU>
Subject: Louisiana Creole

Hi - I have a favor to ask. I'm translating and writing about a late
19th-century Louisiana French novel by Alfred Mercier, called
_L'Habitation Saint-Ybars_; it describes twenty years or so of life on
a Louisiana plantation, both before and after the Civil War, and is
based to some extent on Mercier's own life. What distinguishes the
novel - for me, at any rate - is its meticulous and complex
representation of the languages of the plantation, and in particular
its representation of the French-based creole spoken by the plantation
slaves, though not only by them.
	As I read the book, I find myself wanting to know more about
this creole than I can find out in the notes to the novel, or in the
works of reference I've consulted, more both philologically and
sociolinguistically; and I was wondering whether, among the readers of
this list, there might be someone who's knowledgeable about this
language and might be willing to entertain some of my questions about
	Thanks in advance, Larry Rosenwald, Wellesley College
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