Links Related To Linguistics

2001 Apr 12 forensic-linguistics discussion list
Forensic linguistics listserv.»
2002 Aug 15 Emdros
Excitement: ”The text database engine for linguistic analysis and research“»
Aug 29 Web Term Document Frequency
Millions (113,633,132) of terms on the web, ranked by frequency. 300 meg download. Whoosh.»
Sep 2 Using Computers in Linguistics
A book from 1998 (which means many of the particulars are beginning to go stale) on linguistics & programming.»
Two Techniques for the Identification of Phrases in Full Text
I'm reading this and thinking, I need to learn more about mutual information statistic. It's 3AM, and I won't be able to sleep until I learn exactly how you can pull noun phrases from a corpus.»
Part-of-Speech Taggers
DMOZ POS taggers.»
NLP: Tell me about yourself
Overview of MindNet, Microsoft's expansion on the semantic network concept. We've been hearing about MindNet for years and seeing very little evidence that it's so great, whereas the free WordNet, designed with similar intent, is something I use every day.»
RASTA, the Rhetorical Structure Theory Analyzer
Paper on Microsoft's Rhetorical Structure Theory Analyzer, "a system for automatic discourse analysis" which "reliably identifies rhetorical relations" in text. It is now 4AM.»
RASTA 2 - The Awakening
A thesis on the Rhetorical Structure Theory Analyzer.»
N-gram Statistics Package / Ngram / Bigram
Find all the NGrams in your text, in Perl, open-sourced. Whoo!»
ACL Anthology
"A Digital Archive of Research Papers in Computational Linguistics"»
Sweet-looking automatic keyword extractor.»
Weka 3
Data Mining with Open Source Machine Learning Software in Java.»
Dec 31 Bright's Old English Glossary
Longish, simple one-page glossary of OE terms, attached to an OE reader.»


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