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FYI: Call for Chapters: Sequences in Language and Text

Author: George Mikros

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics

FYI Body: Call for Chapter Proposals
Edited book Title: Sequences in Language and Text
Editors: Jan Macutek and George K. Mikros
Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2012

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Series: Quantitative Linguistics
Series Eds Reinhard Kohler, Gabriel Altmann, Peter Grzybek

General Description:

The aim of this book is to present a diverse but highly interesting area
of linguistic analysis, which is concerned with the quantitative analysis
of the sequence of various linguistic structures. Language is structured
in both paradigmatic and syntagmatic axe and both dimensions
contribute significantly to the functional construction of the linguistic
meaning. In this volume, we will focus on the syntagmatic level of the
linguistic structure. We plan to collect contributions that give insight to
both the various quantitative analyses of linguistic syntagmatic
structures and to the exploration of novel sequential linguistic
structures. The proposed volume will be a valuable resource of
mathematical tools useful for analyzing sequential language data and
of various linguistic structures belonging to different linguistic levels
that are organized in a syntagmatic way.

Quantitative analysis of linguistic sequences has a long history in the
area of language modeling and speech processing especially through
the Markov chains. However, sporadically, linguistic sequences have
been analyzed with the aid of time series models, wavelets etc. in a
wide spectrum of language related fields such as Phonetics,
Computational Linguistics, Authorship Identification, Glottochronology

The proposed volume will present in a unified way current research
related to the quantitative analysis of linguistic sequences. All chapters
should address both introductions to the methods used and original
research questions. Introductions in mathematical and computational
aspects should be exposed clearly and taking into account the diverse
background of the prospective audience. Ideally, each chapter should
define a specific linguistically motivated research hypothesis and
provide a gentle introduction to the method used.

The proposed volume will be one of the first to collect systematically
and present original research for the quantitative analysis of
sequentially organized linguistic data. We hope this book to be a
standard reference in future related research and at the same time
utilized by both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas
of Linguistics, Natural Language Processing and Text and Web Mining.

Specific topics include but are not limited to:

- Kinds of sequences (monotonous, max-min, oscillating, devil’s
staircase, runs, time series, arc length, Hurst exponent, Lyapunov
coefficient, Minkowski sausage, Fourier series, autocorrelation, rhythm,
fractals and dimensions etc.) and their properties.
- Kinds of tendencies, boundary conditions, hypothesis formation.
- Symbolic sequences (runs, cumulative sequences, nominal style,
descriptivity/activity, complexity, distances between equal entities,
climax in verse).
- Kohler’s motifs (words, clauses, sentences, other units).
- Type-token sequences and information flow.
- Markov chains.
- N-gram analysis.

Publication Schedule:

- 1 June 2012: Submission of 1000 words abstract
- 31 July 2012: Review of abstract returned
- 1 November 2012: Submission of full paper
- 31 January 2013: Review results of paper returned
- 28 February: Submission of revisions
- April-May 2013: Expected publication date

Submission Procedure:

Researchers, scholars and professionals are invited to submit on or
before June 1, 2012, a chapter proposal of not more than 1000 words,
clearly stating the purpose of the chapter and its contents, as well as
how the proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book .
Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Authors
of accepted proposals will be notified by July 31, 2012. Upon
acceptance of their proposals, authors will have until 1 November 2012
to prepare their chapters of up to 10,000 words. Guidelines for
preparing chapters will be sent upon acceptance of proposals.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded by email to the editors:

Jan Macutek,
Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Comenius University
Mlynska dolina
84248 Bratislava


George K. Mikros,
Department of Italian Language and Literature,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
GR 15784 Athens

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