The Semantics Lab was created in 1992 by
Richard K. Larson (Linguistics) and
David S. Warren (Computer Science)
as part of the NSF-sponsored Grammar as Science Project.
Along with primary research in semantics, a central focus of the lab is the production of high-quality software tools for linguistics research and education, and accompanying printed materials.
To date the software design group has produced two educational tools:
- SYNTACTICA, a program for teaching transformational syntax
- SEMANTICA, a companion program for teaching truth-conditional natural language semantics.
These materials were originally developed, tested and distributed in the high-level software design environment NEXTSTEP/OPENSTEP. They are now being ported to more widely used platforms via JAVA. Syntactica for JAVA is complete and runs on the WIN and Linux operating systems. Semantica for JAVA is in the final stages of testing. We will also have versions of Syntactica for JAVA, and Semantica for JAVA for the Mac OSX operating systme. All Semantics Lab materials are distributed through MIT Press.
The Semantics Lab welcomes comments on all materials that it has developed. It also welcomes suggestions for software applications that would be useful for education and/or research in linguistics.
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Richard K. Larson
Department of Linguistics
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4376
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