I have finally emerged from the throes of co-editing (with my
colleague Helen Aristar-Dry
of Eastern Michigan University's Linguistics
Program) and writing the Introduction
to and Chapter 5 of a book entitled
Using Computers in Linguistics: A Practical Guide,
published by Routledge, in 1998.
The Web pages for the book are an online
Appendix, including all the
changeable technical information, with evaluations and download links for
all kinds of linguistic software.
This book grew out of the year (1991) that I was Chair of the
Computing Committee of the Linguistic Society of America
(LSA). We conducted a membership survey (which you
download in HyperCard format, in the unlikely event you're
interested), organized the first annual LSA Linguistic Software
Exhibition, and held a symposium at the LSA Annual Meeting on "Computing
and the Ordinary Working Linguist". All this led us to the
conclusion that there was immense potential, but very few good ways for
linguists to find out about what was available to them.
Our book is intended to remedy at least some of this problem.
Following a long-standing concern about the low quality of
linguistic education in America, I have begun writing short pieces of what
I fondly consider a popular nature, answering frequently asked questions
about languages and linguistics. My experience over more
than 30 years of teaching in the United States has been that there are
plenty of such questions but very few sources of good answers.
A most useful source of such questions is provided by the Usenet
alt.usage.english, and over the last several years, I
have posted extensively there and collected the posts, and the first and
second series of Frequently Asked Questions about
English Grammar is now available.