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Full Title: Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Linguistic Typology

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Start Date: 13-Dec-2012 - 14-Dec-2012
Contact: Lev Michael
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Meeting Description: Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Linguistic Typology
13-14 December, 2012
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The idea that geographically proximal languages can share structural features due to contact has a long history in linguistics. Delimiting linguistic areas that arise from contact, and specifying the linguistics features that define them have, however, often depended on relatively subjective judgments regarding the boundaries of such areas and the significance of particular linguistic features. Thanks to the increasing availability of large scale databases of linguistic features, it is now becoming possible to apply statistical techniques and computational models to systematize and render more objective the identification and evaluation of linguistic areal phenomena, and thereby deepen our understanding of linguistic areality.

Plenary Speakers (confirmed):

Will Chang (University of California, Berkeley)
Balthasar Bickel (ZAS, Z├╝rich)
Michael Cysouw (Marburg University)
Mark Donohue (Australian National University)
Michael Dunn (MPI Nijmegen)
Tom Guldemann (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

The workshop is being held in combination with the KNAW Conference on Language Dispersal in Africa, South-East Asia, and South America and the Workshop on Ritual & Secret Languages, Amsterdam, 11-14 December. Participants are encouraged to attend these events as well.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 23.3485

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