Computational Linguistics at Rand--1967.

by Martin Kay

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A paper presented at the April 1967 Rand Board of Trustees Meeting in Washington, D.C. One reason for abandoning machine translation as an immediate goal of computational linguistics was that too little was known about the algorithms and techniques that will best accomplish what linguists want to do. Consequently, researchers at Rand have turned their attention toward the need for large files of linguistic data, concentrating on developing methods for (1) storing linguistic data in a computer-usable form and (2) building up files on text in English and Russian, with statements on grammatical structure and an information-retrieval system. Among other contributions, a very general magnetic tape format and a text encoding scheme have been developed to provide greater flexibility required by researchers. Another part of the Rand linguistics project is a general parsing program capable of handling a very sophisticated type of grammar. Grammatical theories of transformation and stratification are currently being investigated. 15 pp.

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