As many of you know, Perl was invented by someone who was a linguist (among other things). A lot of
English-speakers associate the word "linguist" with 'someone who knows a lot of languages', but I'm
talking about people involved in the science of language. I am told there are a whole lot of
linguists who use Perl, but I've only caught a few supersearch-assisted glimpses of what people out
there are doing with Perl and linguistics.
There have been threads on the use of Perl with Morphology,
Natural language sentence construction, Term weight, and
Artificial Intelligence, for example. There is also Mike Hammond's new book
Programming for Linguists: Perl for Language Researchers
(PDF sample chapter).
The various Lingua modules on CPAN are immensely helpful, and the WordNet stuff comes
in handy as well. Of course, Larry Wall has at least one Usenet post
on the subject and googling will turn up many more related posts. Some researchers have done quite a lot with Perl. Fiammetta Namer's lemmatizer/morphological tagging tool for French,
"FLEMM" comes to mind. And I know there are many more
caches of information elsewhere.
But what I'm really wondering is what people at the Monastery are doing with Perl and Linguistics. I'm guessing
that there are quite a few people out there doing Corpus research working on Natural Language Processing projects,
or maybe you've been involved with one in the past. Or maybe you've heard of one where people are using Perl.
So, what are you all up to? TIA