Melbourne Working Group on Language Technology Meeting
Tuesday 24 June, 2003 2.00 - 4.00pm
Dept Computer Science & Software Engineering
ICT Building, University of Melbourne, 111 Barry St, Carlton
Steven Bird, Cathy Bow, Baden Hughes, Nick Thieberger, Simon Musgrave,
Heather Bowe, Linda Barwick, Nick Evans, Leila Behrens, Bruce Birch, Birgit
The first presentations related to the EMELD Workshop 2003 - Digitizing
and Annotating Texts & Field Recordings. Cathy Bow and Steven
Bird (University of Melbourne) presented the Bow, Hughes, Bird paper "Toward
a General Model of Interlinear Text", which was later expanded in the demonstration
by Baden Hughes on "Interlinear text facilities", focusing on implementing
the resulting model into a tool that can be used by linguists to manipulate
interlinear text data. The website he referred to is still under construction,
and may be found at http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/research/lt/emeld/interlinear/demo/demo_index.html
Nick Thieberger (University of Melbourne) demonstrated the "Audiamus"
program developed for working in a number of audio files simultaneously,
and reported on some of the issues raised.
Simon Musgrave (Monash University) presented his paper "Typology, Technology
and Language Data" for the workshop on Typological Databases at CIL17 (XVII International
Congress of Linguists in Prague), which included a demonstratio of the Spinoza
Heather Bowe (Monash University) reported briefly on Anna Patterson’s
Honours project on "Using Shoebox & Praat for Pitjantjatjara stories"
– looking at issues raised in the process of inputting a glossed text into
Shoebox then analysing syntactic information linked to prosodic boundaries
and discourse features.
Linda Barwick briefly reported on the progress of Paradisec, with their aims of becoming
part of an international consortium of digital archiving, plus a national
digital humanities network.
Baden Hughes also launched the MU Language Technology
Seminar series, which will begin with a presentation by Lawrence Cavedon
on 24 July. Though this series will be of most interest to computer
scientists interested in language technology, less technically-inclined
linguists are warmly invited to join the mailing list.
Unfortunately due to lack of time, discussion was limited to a few issues.
The group was encouraged to provide interesting examples of interlinear
text for further investigation, and the meeting ended on a warning note that
there are linguists who believe interlinear texts are “out of date” and
that this particular research is “setting linguistics back ten years.”
While no further meeting was scheduled, it is suggested that we meet
again around October this year. The Melbourne Working Group now maintains
a website at http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/research/lt/mltwg/.
Any other names to be added to the mailing list should be referred to Cathy Bow.