Shameless self-promotion.

And now, some shameless advertising! Our team is looking for a good tester to work on our next set of projects. We have some pretty cool stuff in the works for the next generation of globalization support in Windows and .NET, including more comprehensive linguistic functionality and new language coverage as well as additional support in the…

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Vosotros? Ustedes? Who, me?

For various reasons I’ve been doing statistical analyses on word frequencies in a number of languages lately, and I found a pattern that differentiates different dialects of Spanish that struck me as curious enough that I asked Gerardo, my test lead from Mexico, about it. I was working with Spanish corpora from Spain and from…

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A to-do list.

The last several months have been packed with planning our next set of features in the international space — talking to customers about what they need and what they want, looking at the teams we have and seeing where our skills are up to the challenges ahead and where we need improvement, and looking at…

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Information central.

Just in time for the Vista street date, the Vista International Support Portal is live at www.microsoft.com/globaldev/vista/vistahome.mspx! It contains lots of information about the locales, language packs, LIPs, fonts, and keyboards that we ship, and it makes a handy reference to figure out which languages and regions have support in Vista. You can also visit…

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Blogging the LSA: Epilogue.

  The moment I published my ranty LSA blog part one I was given something else to chew on. I left my laptop and went to Mark Liberman’s plenary talk on the future of linguistics. Now when Mark gives a talk on the future of linguistics, chances are that it’s worth paying attention. And this did not disappoint.  …

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How I got into linguistics, and what I got out of it. Or: Reactions to the LSA.

Many years ago Bill Labov wrote an article called How I got into linguistics, and what I got out of it. It describes his path from college, through failed writing jobs and a stint as an inkmaker, up to his eventual discovery of the field of linguistics, Bill writes: “From what I learned about the small,…

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