LINGUIST List 9.1460

Tue Oct 20 1998

FYI: PDT, ELF, New linguistic program

Editor for this issue: Brett Churchill <>


  1. Daniel Zeman, Prague Dependency Treebank
  2. whalen, Endangered Language Fund Request for Proposals
  3. Stanley Dubinsky, Graduate student support in Linguistics and French Literature

Message 1: Prague Dependency Treebank

Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 17:48:14 +0000
From: Daniel Zeman <>
Subject: Prague Dependency Treebank

The Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics (UFAL) at the Charles
University, Prague, proudly announces that the first version of the
PRAGUE DEPENDENCY TREEBANK has been made available to the research

The Prague Dependency Treebank (PDT) is a morphologically and
syntactically annotated corpus of Czech as a representative of
inflectionally rich free-word-order languages. (E.g., all the Slavic
languages such as Russian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian and many others
spoken together by more than 350 million people have similar typological
properties as Czech in both morphology and syntax.) The current version
of PDT (0.5) contains 456705 tokens (words+punctuation) in 26610
sentences and 576 files. For keeping results of NLP applications
comparable the data has been divided into a training set (19126
sentences), a development test set (3697 sentences) and a
(cross-)evaluation test data set (3787 sentences).

The Prague Dependency Treebank is - to a certain extent - modelled after
the Penn Treebank but it uses the dependency syntax representation of
sentences. It has three layers:

 1.morphological (uses word forms, tags, lemmas)
 2.analytical, or surface syntax (uses dependencies and analytical
 functions of dependencies)
 3.tectogrammatical, which captures linguistic meaning (contains
 tectogrammatical functions such as Actor, Patient, Addressee, etc.)

The Prague Dependency Treebank is a long-term project which should end
in the year 2000. At the moment (October 1998) we have at our disposal
roughly half the material (at levels 1 and 2) while the level 3 is still
in the specification phase and rules of transition between the
representations on level 2 and level 3 are being formulated. The current
version is thus preliminary and identified as "PDT version 0.5"
mostly the amount of material currently available).

The text material contains samples from the following sources:

 1.Lidove noviny (daily newspapers), 1991, 1994, 1995
 2.Mlada fronta Dnes (daily newspapers), 1992
 3.Ceskomoravsky Profit (business weekly), 1994
 4.Vesmir (scientific magazine), Academia Publishers, 1992, 1993

The electronic source has been provided by the Institute of the Czech
National Corpus, in a format jointly developed by the ICNK and UFAL.

The Treebank has been supported by the following grants and projects:

 Grant Agency of the Czech Republic No. 405/96/0198 
 (Treebank Definition and Procedures Specification)
 Grant Agency of the Czech Republic No. 405/96/K214 
 (Tools and Level 1 Annotation)
 Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic Project No. VS96151
 (Tools and Structural Annotation on the Level 2)
 National Science Foundation grant No. #IIS-9732388 
 (Version 0.5 Preparation for the Workshop 98)

The documentation of PDT is linked from its main page at UFAL. Go to the
UFAL home page,, then click on "Projects"
and "Treebank".

The PDT Version 0.5 is freely available for research purposes providing
you fill in and submit a licence agreement. The appropriate form is also
linked from the PDT web page.

Daniel Zeman, UFAL MFF UK, Praha
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Message 2: Endangered Language Fund Request for Proposals

Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 17:41:58 -0400
From: whalen <>
Subject: Endangered Language Fund Request for Proposals

		Request for Proposals, Endangered Language Fund

 The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language
maintenance and linguistic field work. The work most likely to be funded
is that which serves both the native community and the field of
linguistics. Work which has immediate applicability to one group and more
distant application to the other will also be considered. Publishing
subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered. The
language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or
two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one
factor in our funding decisions. 
 Eligible expenses include travel, tapes, films, consultant fees,
etc. Grants are normally for one year periods, though extensions may be
applied for. We expect grants in this round to be less than $2,000 in


 There is no form, but the information requested below should be 
printed (on one side only) and FOUR COPIES sent to:
 The Endangered Language Fund
 Dept. of Linguistics
 Yale University
 P. O. Box 208236
 New Haven, CT 06520-8236 

The street address for express mail services is:
 The Endangered Language Fund
 Department of Linguistics
 320 York Street
 Yale University
 New Haven, CT 06520

Applications must be mailed in. No e-mail or fax applications will be 
accepted. Please note that regular mail, especially from abroad, can 
take up to four weeks.

If you have any questions, please write to the same address or email to:


 The first page should contain:
 (include phone and email if possible.)

 Include the same information for collaborating researchers if any. 
This information may continue on the next page. 


 Beginning on a separate page, please provide a description of the
project. This should normally take two pages or less, single spaced. Be
detailed about the type of material that is to be collected and/or
produced, and the value it will have to the native community (including
relatives and descendants who do not speak the language) and to linguistic
science. Give a brief description of the state of endangerment of the
language in question. 


 On a separate page, prepare an itemized budget that lists expected
costs for the project. Estimates are acceptable, but they must be
realistic. Please translate the amounts into US dollars. List other
sources of support you are currently receiving or expect to receive and
other applications that relate to the current one. 


 Two letters of support are recommended, but not required. Note that
these letters, if sent separately, must arrive on or before the deadline
(April 20th, 1999) in order to be considered. If more than two letters are
sent, only the first two received will be read. 


 A researcher can be primary researcher on only one proposal.


 Applications must be received by APRIL 20th, 1999. Decisions will be
delivered by the end of May, 1999.


 Receipt of application will be made by email if an email address is
given. Otherwise, the applicant must include a self-addressed post-card
in order to receive the acknowledgment.


 Before receiving any funds, university-based applicants must show
that they have met the requirements of their university's human subjects'
committee. Tribal- or other-based applicants must provide equivalent
assurance that proper protocols are being used. 
 If a grant is made and accepted, the recipient is required to
provide the Endangered Language Fund with a short formal report of the
project and to provide the Fund with copies of all publications resulting
from materials obtained with the assistance of the grant. 

FURTHER ENQUIRIES can be made to:
The Endangered Language Fund
Dept. of Linguistics
Yale University
P. O. Box 208236
New Haven, CT 06520-8236 USA
Tel: 203-432-2450
FAX: 203-432-4087
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Message 3: Graduate student support in Linguistics and French Literature

Date: Mon, 19 Oct 98 14:51:45 EDT
From: Stanley Dubinsky <DUBINSKVM.SC.EDU>
Subject: Graduate student support in Linguistics and French Literature

The Linguistics Program and the Department of French and
Classics at the University of South Carolina are proud to
announce a new cooperative endeavor for 1999-2000.

We have coordinated the French M.A. and the Linguistics Ph.D. degrees
in order to provide an integrated program in language, linguistics,
and literature, and invite applications for the following two
related degree programs:
(1) an M.A. in French with a concentration in French Linguistics, and
(2) a Ph.D. in Linguistics with a minor specialization in French Literature.

A person completing these two degrees will be well-trained in linguistic
theory, French Linguistics, and French Literature, and will have
teaching experience and familiarity with CALI (computer assisted
language instruction). This degree program aims to produce
scholars in the area of French Language and Linguistics who
would fit well in a department of foreign (or French) Language
and Literature.

Applicants for the M.A. in French should have have the equivalent
of a major in French. The degree involves four graduate courses in
French Literature, one graduate survey of Linguistics, three
courses in French Linguistics, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis.
Students in this program will be supported through teaching
assistantships in French. It is anticipated that a student completing
this degree will go on to pursue the Ph.D. in Linguistics as
outlined below. Individuals interested in applying to the M.A.
program in French should contact Professor Nancy Lane
(, Department of French and Classics,
USC, Columbia, SC 29208. More information about the
French Graduate Program is available at the following URL:

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Linguistics should hold an M.A. (or
the equivalent) in French and/or Linguistics. The degree
requirements include seven core courses in linguistic theory
(phonology, syntax, etc.), a four course specialization in some
subdiscipline of Linguistics (e.g. historical linguistics, second
language acquisition, sociolinguistics), and a four course
secondary specialization in French Literature. A student in this
program will be supported through a combination of teaching
assistantships in French, assistantships in the Foreign Language
Learning Center (language lab), and research assistantships.
Individuals interested in applying to the Ph.D. program in
Linguistics should contact Professor Stanley Dubinsky
(, Linguistics Program, USC, Columbia, SC 29208.
More information about the Linguistics Program is available at
the following URL:

General information for prospective students can be found at the
following URL:
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