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Bob Mugele has had a varied working career, working as a butcher,
computer programmer, missionary/Bible translator, field linguist, professor
of linguistics, and computational linguist
Bob Mugele was the senior computational linguist at Oracle
Corporation working with the ConText Group developing the linguistic
engine for the Global Context project. Bob Mugele became known as "Jungle
Bob" to his associates at Oracle.
Oracle ConText is a text management product that employs Natural Language
Processing (NLP) to analyze unrestricted English text, and provides the
ability to do theme searches in addition to keyword searches. Bob played
a key role in the design of Global ConText which was intended to offer
the same functionality for a number of other major languages. However,
Global ConText never received adequate support from management and was
never developed. Jungle Bob was first associated with the ConText
technology beginning in 1990 when it was being developed by Artificial
Linguistics, Inc. (ALI). He moved to Oracle when the technology was acquired
Bob received a Bachelor's degree in German
from the University of California (Berkeley). After completing his undergraduate
degree, Bob worked for 10 years in the field of systems software development,
including two years of operating system development at Control Data Corp.
In 1971 Bob and his family moved to
a remote Indian village in the municipality of Lalana, Oaxaca, Mexico.
In this jungle village, Bob and his family learned the Lalana Chinantec
language, provided for the medical and dental needs of the Chinantec people,
trained indigenous medical workers, introduced a vernacular literacy program
to the Chinantec people, trained indigenous literacy teachers, produced
linguistic studies of Lalana Chinantec, produced a translation of the Lalana
Chinantec New Testament, and produced several editions of a hymnal in the
Lalana Chinantec language. All of this work was performed under the auspices
of the Summer Institute of Linguistics.
Bob received a Ph.D. in linguistics fron the University of Texas (Austin).
His dissertation research was an in depth acoustic phonetic study of Lalana
Chinantec prosodic phenomena, especially the tone system and ballistic
syllables. For this work Bob received the A.A. Hill award given annually
for the outstanding dissertation in linguistics.
Between 1983 and 1990 Bob Mugele served on the linguistics faculty of
the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at Arlington.
At the University of Texas at Arlington he was awarded a grant to create
a linguistic research laboratory and an acoustic phonetics laboratory.
He taught graduate level courses in phonetics and phonology, directed the
research of numerous graduate students and served as director of the linguistics
and phonetics laboratories.
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Mugele, Robert, ed. (1997) Suun32 |e3|en32
Dios (Lalana Chinantec Hymnal),
décima edición. Mexico, D.F.: Kyrios
Mugele, Robert, ed. (1994) Júu2 |m
ca23ng ín2 Dios (Lalana Chinantec
New Testament), segunda edición. Mexico, D.F.: La Liga Biblica.
Mugele, Robert and Michael Rodewald (1991) "Aspects of Bandi Tonology."
Studies in African Linguistics 22:103-133.
Mugele, Robert (1984) "The Phonetics of Ballistic and Controlled
Syllables". Texas Linguistic Forum 23:1-43.
Mugele, Robert (1982) Tone and Ballistic Syllable in Lalana Chinantec.
Ann Arbor: University Microfilms.
Mugele, Robert (1979) "The Training of Indigenous Literacy Teachers".
Notes on Literacy 28:2-12.
Mugele, Robert (1978) "The Pedagogical Implications of Undersymbolization
in Orthography." Notes on Literacy 24:22-24.
Mugele, Robert (1977) "Lalana Chinantec y-, Why?"
Papers in Linguistics 10:185-232.
Mugele, Robert (1975) "Teaching Problem Solving Strategies in a
Prereading Program." Notes on Literacy 19:7-13.
Mugele, Robert (1974) "Teaching Tone: An Indigenous Method."
Notes on Literacy 16:7-9.
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LECTURES and ORAL PAPERS:
Word Level Syllable Templates and the Tonkawa Verb
Annual meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest,
San Antonio, October 1989
The Representation of Contour Tones
Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest,
Albuquerque, October 1988
The Phonological Representation of Contour Tones: Evidence for Contour Features
Linguistic Forum Series, University of Texas at Arlington, April 1985
The Ballistic Syllable Phenomenon
Linguistics Colloquium, University of Washington, July 1983
Indigenous Reading Teacher Training
Linguistic Forum Series, University of Oklahoma, August 1977
Are There Black Holes in Linguistics?
Linguistic Forum Series, University of Oklahoma, July 1975
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Jungle Bob is an avid motorcyclist. Check out my
Bob is an enthusiastic birder. Check out my birding
Jungle Bob likes to play basketball. It's a socially acceptable
way to vent your aggressions.
Jungle Bob likes to ride bicycles. He still rides regularly. He had an undistinguished career in amateur road racing
in the 1950's and 1960's..
Jungle Bob will play cribbage anytime, anywhere.
Check out my cribbage page.
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Jungle Bob has been married to Jan Jauchen Mugele for 42 wonderful years.
Jan is the Director of Counseling at Exchanged
Life Ministries in Dallas, Texas.
Erik Mugele (married to Dawn). Erik, Dawn,
Katie, Gavin, and Anika live in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. Erik is a consultant in the network/system engineering field. He is a private pilot and ham radio operator.
Heidi (married to Brian). Heidi
lives in Weston Missouri. Brian is the Director of Parks and Recreation
for Platte County Missouri. Heidi keeps very busy with her three boys,
Taylor, Jackson, and Bennett. In the fall of 2006 she returned to college to finish her B.A.
She is majored in Latin American studies at the University of Kansas, and graduated Dec. 2007. She is currently working on a law degree at K.U.
Josh Mugele (married to Jody). Josh,
Jody, Eleanor and Magnolia live in Chelsea Michigan.
Josh worked as a lexicographer and knowledge engineer for Oracle Corporation and
for Tablus Corporation. In 2006 at the age of 32 he entered Medical school at the University of Michigan.
Karina van Bogelen (married to Chris).
Kari, Chris, Chloe, Gideon, Zack, and Evelyn live in Santa Barbara, California. Kari is
homeschooling her children. Chris is part owner of a landscape construction company.
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Taylor (neat kid)
Katie (neat kid)
Jackson (neat kid)
Danny (neat kid)
Gavin (neat kid)
Bennett (neat kid)
Eleanor (neat kid)
Anika (neat kid)
Magnolia (neat kid)
Chloe (neat kid)
Gideon (neat kid)
Zachary (neat kid)
Evelyn (neat kid)
Bob Mugele, Ph.D.
Address: 602 Madison Ct,
Duncanville, TX 75137
E-mail: JungleBob at teuton dot org
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