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1999 3 Acknowledgements Let me tell you, writing a thesis is not always a barrel of laughs—and strange things can happen, too. For example, at the height of my thesis paranoia, I had a recurrent dream in which my cat Amy gave me detailed advice on how to restructure the thesis chapters, which was awfully nice of her. But I also had a lot of human help(More)
This paper describes the design and implementation of the MATE work-bench, a program which provides support for the annotation of speech and text. It provides facilities for flexible display and editing of such annotations, and complex querying of a resulting corpus. The workbench offers a more flexible approach than most existing annotation tools, which(More)
We describe an application of sentence alignment techniques and approximate string matching to the problem of extracting lexicographically interesting word-word pairs from multilingual corpora. Since our interest is in support systems for lexicographers rather than in fully automatic construction of lexicons, we would like to provide access to parameters(More)
Large-scale linguistic annotation is currently employed for a wide range of purposes, including comparing communication under different conditions, testing psycholinguistic hypotheses, and training natural language engines. Current software support for linguistic annotation is poor, with much of it written for one-off tasks using special purpose data(More)
Chloralose is an intravenous anesthetic which preserves vagal and central baroreceptor reflexes, thus rendering it useful for physiologic research. However, chloralose is recommended for terminal experiments only, due to concerns relating to long-term toxicity. We investigated the safety of chloralose in longitudinal pulmonary function studies in beagle(More)
Acknowledgements There are many people to whom I would like to thank: to Jon Oberlander for being attentive and patient, even in bad moments; to Chris Brew whose door has always been open; to Richard Thacker who always agreed with me enthusiastically when asked to; to Richard Tobin, David McKelvie, Andrei Mikheev and CST for their UNIX, SGML and Java(More)
The rapid growth in availability of high-quality recordings of natural spoken dialogue (and natural spoken material more generally) has encouraged us to to improve the interchange of transcripts of such material, in order that these resources be easy to exploit by the scientific community as a whole. In this paper, we describe a new SGML architecture which(More)
This paper describes the lt nsl system (McKelvie et al, 1996), an architecture for writing corpus processing tools. This system is then compared with two other systems which address similar issues, the GATE system (Cunningham et al, 1995) and the IMS Corpus Workbench (Christ, 1994). In particular we address the advantages and disadvantages of an sgml(More)