computational linguistics

Next NSF Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) solicitation deadline is 25 October 2011

The most recent NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) solicitation was posted on 1 April 2001. The next deadline for proposals is Tuesday, 25 October 2011. CRI supports two types of projects:

  • Institutional Infrastructure, for either
    1. the creation of new computing research infrastructure (II-NEW), or
    2. the enhancement of existing such infrastructure (II-EN).

NSF announces new Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) solicitation

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has just announced a new Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) solicitation at, with a deadline of 20 Sept 2011 for proposals (note: not 15 Sept as in past years). Projects must focus on one or more of the following areas:

"Linked Data in Linguistics" at DGfS 2012

Linked Data in Linguistics
Linguists from all disciplines produce more and more data and share the challenge how to make this data accessible to other researchers in their field and beyond. This does not only concern the general availability of data, but also the representation of the structure of the data. Linked Data is one paradigm which can be employed to tackle this task.
We are happy to announce the workshop "Linked Data in Linguistics" at the annual meeting of the German Linguistic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, DGfS) taking place March 7-9, 2012 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany.

2011 CI Computing Fellows

This might be of interest to folks: The call for the 2011 CI computing fellowships is out: These fellowships provide very generous funding:

The CIFellow’s salary for one year, at $75,000.
Health and other fringe benefits for the CIFellow. We expect the host institution to offer the CIFellow the standard package that it normally offers.
Discretionary expenses for the CIFellow, including moving costs as well as other minor costs (such as travel to conferences, etc.).
Indirect costs for the host institution (up to 25%).

Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation in Portugal

The Centro Interdisciplinar de Documentação Linguística e Social (CIDLeS) is an interdisciplinary non-profit centre dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the linguistic (and cultural) heritage in Europe. It was founded in January 2010 as a result of the work of a number of researchers at the Institute of General Linguistics and Language Typology at the University of Munich and at the Department of Portuguese Studies at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Open Data and corpora for (computational) linguistic research

I recommend this guest post by Nancy Ide over on the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog. Ide gives a brief history of the ANC, and describes issues pertaining to creative commons licensing and copyright that arise when textual data are repurposed for linguistic and computational linguistic research.

CL Review of Interest

The current issue of Computational Linguistics includes a review (by Eric J. M. Smith) of Vladimir Pericliev's book Machine-Aided Linguistic Discovery: An Introduction and Some Examples. The review gives a quick overview of the problems that Pericliev approaches and the techniques he applies.

New journal: Open Research Computation

A new journal Open Research Computation has been launched and, while it isn't geared towards linguistics specifically, it looks very interesting from a general cyberinfrastructure perspective. Here's it's Aims and Scope:

New annotation tool: DiscoverText

Stuart Shulman recently gave a workshop at UW on a new annotation tool he is developing: DiscoverText. It has some limitations that make it unsuitable for some linguistic purposes, but is powerful in other ways and might be a good choice for certain types of tasks.

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