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The NL-KR discussion list ( has announced a new ACL-supported Consortium for Lexical Research under the direction of Yorick Wilks, with guidance from Roy Byrd, Ralph Grishman, Mark Liberman, and Don Walker. The Consortium is an organization for sharing lexical data and tools used for precompetitive research on natural language dictionaries and lexicons, and for communicating the results of that research. Members will contribute and/or use resources in order to perform their research. CLR will negotiate agreements with providers. Major funders of work in this area in the U.S. have indicated interest in making participation in the CLR a condition for financial support of research. An annual fee will be charged for membership, with the Consortium soon becoming self-supporting.

CLR solicits contributions of all kinds. Data: word lists (proper nouns, count/mass nouns, causative verbs, movement verbs, predicative adjectives, etc.); published dictionaries; specialized terminology, technical glossaries, etc.; statistical data; synonyms, antonyms, hypernyms, pertainyms; phrase lists; etc.. Tools: lexical database management tools; lexical query languages; text analysis tools (concordance, KWIC, statistical analysis, collocation analysis, etc.); SGML tools (particularly tuned to dictionary encoding); parsers; morphological analyzers; user interfaces to dictionaries; lexical workbenches; and dictionary definition sense taggers.

As part of repository management, CLR will provide a catalog of, and act as a clearinghouse for, utility programs; compile a list of known mistakes in each of the major published sources; set up a new memorandum series; act as a clearinghouse for preprints and hard-to-find reprints on machine-readable dictionaries; conduct workshops, including an inaugural workshop in late 1991 or early 1992; and provide a catalog for access to repositories of corpus-manipulation tools held elsewhere. Contact The Consortium for Lexical Research, Rio Grande Research Corridor, Computing Research Laboratory, New Mexico State University, Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003; (or lexical@nmsu.bitnet); (505) 646-5466, Fax: (505) 646-6218.