4.1035 LINGUISTS Nameserver (1/91)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Thu, 14 Feb 91 21:41:40 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 1035. Thursday, 14 Feb 1991.

Date: Tue, 12 Feb 91 15:29 EST
From: "NANCY M. IDE (914) 437 5988" <IDE@VASSAR>
Subject: linguistics info

Announcing the LINGUISTS Nameserver

Today we have put into operation a linguistic nameserver:


The function of this server is to reply to single or multiple requests
for e-mail addresses of researchers in the language sciences.

Please let your colleagues know about us!

Norval Smith,
Institute for General Linguistics,
University of Amsterdam

You interact with LINGUISTS@ALF.LET.UVA.NL by means of e-mail.

Send an e-mail message to the name server with lines containing any of the
commands listed below.

Only lines in the body of your message will be processed. Other information,
such as subject fields, will be ignored.

The server responds by sending an e-mail reply containing the requested

Overview of commands:

Note: - Anything between double quotes should be entered exactly as shown.
- Anything between square brackets is optional.
- The vertical bar "|" means "or".
- All names are converted to lowercase; addresses remain as entered.

The ADD command sends a request to the server manager to include the name in
the list of e-mail addreses.

syntax: "add" lastname ["," firstnames] ":" address
example: add Caesar, Julius: caesar@forum_romanum.bitnet

The LIST command lists all entries matching a given first name and last name.
If an asterisk follows a name, all names starting with the preceding
substring (which may be empty) are listed. You may want to use this feature
if you are not entirely certain about a person's name.

A period at the END of a string is equivalent to an asterisk. If a name is
given together with one letter and a period, this will return all the
relevant persons whose first names begin with that letter. Note that, unlike
asterisks, periods are allowed in other positions of the name. In such
cases, they are treated as normal characters, not as variables.

Surnames consisting of more than one name can be found under the first name
as well as under the last name. Eg. "Van den Berg, Jan" is stored as
"van den berg, jan" as well as "berg, jan van den".

syntax: "list " lastname[*] ["," firstnames][*|.]]
examples: list Caesar, I.
this lists all entries with the surname "caesar" and initial "I".
list Caes*, Iul*
this lists all entries that start with "caes" and have
a first name starting with "Iul".
list Caesar
this lists all entries with surname "caesar" and any first name.

The REMOVE command sends a request to the server manager to remove a person's
name from the list. You need to supply your address, so that the server
manager can determine the correct entry in a list of identical names. If you
are not sure about the address, first send an e- mail message with a LIST
command to find this out. Use this command to edit addresses. You require to

REMOVE the incorrect address, and ADD the corrected one.

syntax: "remove " lastname ["," firstnames] ":" address
example: remove Caesar, Julius: caesar@forum_romanum.bitnet
If you want information, use the HELP command (no arguments).
If you have other questions, contact nsmith@alf.let.uva.nl
<E> before an address indicates a European UUCP (EUnet) node. When using
the .UUCP address form it may be necessary to address such nodes from
the Americas as: NODE!USER@MCSUN.EU.NET instead of USER@NODE.UUCP.
<U> before an address indicates an American UUCP node. When using the .UUCP
address form it may be necessary to address such nodes from the