I second Dan's enthusiasm, but with a codicil.
It seems to me that Natural Language Processing and its associated statistical procedures are emerging as important power tools in a variety of disciplines. The corpus linguists understand these tools pretty well: these tools have been their hammers and screwdrivers for decades.
In other disciplines, however, the understanding of corpus based procedures is much more limited, and there are probably quite a few people in quite a few disciplines who don't even that there are tools and procedures that could help them with their inquiries.
So if there is going to be a TEI linguistic SIG, I wonder whether it should take a particular interest in evangelizing beyond its core constituency of linguists and focus on the question how to drive down the entry barriers for non-linguists.
On Jul 8, 2010, at 10:59 AM, O'Donnell, Dan wrote:
> I think it is a great idea!
> On 10-07-08 09:43 AM, Piotr Bański wrote:
>> This is a follow-up on the question that Elena Pierazzo asked today after Adam Przepiórkowski's and mine presentation at DH-2010. Elena wondered (if I understood correctly) whether the time isn't ripe to (re-)instate the linguistic (or corpus linguistic) SIG (which, IIRC, might have been considered part of the stand-off Working Group once, with one unfinished apocryph ).
>> My initial reaction was fear (of the Time Monster, swallowing me whole if I decided to participate), but (1) there must be more of us apart from Elena, Serge Heiden and Alexey Lavrentiev or Andreas Witt (and I'm only enumerating those present at DH who I know have at least partial interest in things linguistic, with apologies to those whom I haven't named), and (2) the coming TEI-MM in Zadar is devoted, at least partially, to language technology, and (3) ISO TC37 SC4 is planning some modifications to the Feature Structure Representation to be discussed in Dublin (right, Laurent Romary is another linguistics-oriented person to be mentioned in this context) -- all in all, maybe we could agree to meet at an informal "language-description lunch" one day in Zadar, to see whether our interests converge to a point sufficient to think of coordinating them and perhaps trying to hang them on a more formalized skeleton?
>> (And let me take this opportunity to remind the list members that the TEI-MM is open to late-breaking proposals .)
>> : http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Workgroups/SO/sow05.xml
>> : http://ling.unizd.hr/~tei2010/call4latebreakingproposals/index.en.html
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