LINGUIST List 9.1371

Fri Oct 2 1998

FYI: Celebration annc., New Comp. Ling. MA

Editor for this issue: Jody Huellmantel <>


  2. Dominique Estival, MA in Computational Linguistics


Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 00:46:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nancy De Pas <>


You are invited to celebrate Noam Chomskys 70th birthday (December 7,
1998) by contributing to a collection of essays by everyone whose work
over the years has been stimulated or inspired by Chomskys ideas.


Noam is known to dislike ceremony, so this plan includes no parties,
no speeches, nothing but an elegantly printed list of all the
contributors. It will be on his desk, in a very quiet envelope, on the
morning of his birthday. We hope there will be so many contributions
that it will be clear to Noam that no one expects him to read them all
and respond to them. Please spread the word to all of your friends,
colleagues and students who may wish to participate.

To add your own contribution, simply go to the URL and click on the contributors link
and follow the instructions. For some guidelines as to how you should
frame your contributions, select the guidelines link. If you have any
problems posting your submission, contact: Ken Overton
( You retain the copyright to your submission,
allowing you to publish it in another venue. Dont delay, in order to
get the site organized in time all submissions must be received by the
last day of November.

We believe this way of expressing our respect and affection will be the
least intrusive. We specifically ask that you convey the need for
discretion. All you need pass along to others is the URL, which will bring people to the
Webpage with full details for this project.

If you have any additional questions, comments, or suggestions for how to
improve on the plan, please contact Jay Keyser ( or Amy
Brand ( If you have any problems posting your submission,
contact: Ken Overton ( All communications should
use the subject header CELEBRATION.

Everyone whose work has been influenced by Chomskys, in any area of
scholarship, is welcome to contribute. Please pass on this message to your
colleagues and students, here and abroad. If everyone tells five other
people, well reach the whole world.

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Message 2: MA in Computational Linguistics

Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 17:06:50 +1100
From: Dominique Estival <>
Subject: MA in Computational Linguistics

MA in Computational Linguistics

Starting in 1999, a new MA in Computational Linguistics will be offered at
the University of Melbourne. This program is designed to provide advanced
training in Computational Linguistics for students in linguistics, applied
linguistics or computer science who wish to specialize in the field of
Natural Language Processing (NLP).

Course objectives
This course aims to provide an advanced understanding of the techniques and
issues in computational linguistics. Students should gain familiarity with
the current frameworks used in various types of NLP applications, such as
parsing, text generation, machine translation, authoring aids, corpus
linguistics, or human-computer interaction.

Academic pre-requisites for entry
Either a BA (Honours) with a minimum of H2A grade level or a Postgraduate
Diploma in a cognate discipline (e.g. Linguistics, Applied Linguistics,
Computer Science, or Cognitive Science). Candidates who do not meet the
entry requirements should seek admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in
Arts (Linguistics) and seek accelerated progress to the MA when they have
completed three Postgraduate Diploma subject, at a level of H2A or above.

Course structure
Five subjects and a minor thesis (13,000 words)
* 3 compulsory subjects:
	Issues in Linguistic Research
	Computational Linguistics
	Parsing & Natural Language Processing
* 2 electives chosen from:
	Quantitative Methods in Language Studies
	Advanced Phonetics
	Advanced Syntax
	Advanced Semantics
		(offered by the Dept of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics)
	Engineering for Human Computer Interaction
	Text and Document Management
		(offered by the Dept of Computer Science)
	CALL Software Evaluation
	CALL Software Design, Implementation and Delivery
		(offered by the Horwood Language Center)
one of the above may be replaced by one of:
	Natural Languages
	Computing for language and literature studies
		(offered by the Dept. of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics)
	AI Languages and Technologies
		(offered by the Dept. of Computer Science Dept.)

The normal duration of the course is two semesters.

For further information, contact:
	Administrative Officer
	Dept. of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
	University of Melbourne
	Parkville VIC 3052
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