Monday, March 10, 2008

Spring 2008

Neighborhood-wise: things are moving nicely around downtown, with the Congress St detour out of the way and trolley tracks added; it's amazing to see such progress, including the undergrounding of ugly utility lines. Our own neighborhood seems to be running much more efficiently under its new leadership, which is quite exciting to see.

Linguistics-wise: lots of progress on the Semitic databases project; Maltese is practically finished, with one corpus left to tokenize, and several calculators left to finish up (neighborhood density, lexical uniqueness point, n-gram frequency). Hebrew is a bit trickier; some encoding issues have made that job a bit harder than anticipated, but my awesome RAs are getting the job done. In the meantime, I'm already making travel arrangements for next December and January (Jerusalem and Malta, respectively) and have already rented awesome pads in both places.