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Full Title: Diachronic Corpora and Language Change

Location: Oslo, Norway
Start Date: 05-Aug-2013 - 05-Aug-2013
Contact: Thorhallur Eythorsson
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Meeting Description: At the 21st International Conference of Historical Linguistics (ICHL21), Oslo, there will be a full-day workshop entitled Diachronic Corpora and Language Change.

There are currently several large-scale databases of historical texts being developed, aiming at a linguistic analysis of a great variety of text corpora. These databases are annotated for linguistic information (primarily morphology and syntax) and provide unique resources for eResearch into older languages. A number of the projects form a network of partner projects, with well-established ties which are being consolidated further in within the Diachronic Syntax Corpora (DiaSynCorp) network (T. Eythórsson, PI).

The databases that have been developed in these projects enable an integrated search involving different factors from several modules. Typically, they are searchable in terms of syntax and morphology, but the PROIEL project in Oslo (and its sister project ISWOC) includes information structure as well. Outside the PROIEL project there are other groups interested in using the paralllel corpora provided by Bible translations, such as the Biblia Medieval.

The workshop has the following three objectives:

- First, to enhance cross-linguistic research in syntax and information structure with respect to discourse-status annotation (as in PROIEL).
- Second, to explore further the development of parallel corpora of selected texts from a variety of (old and modern) languages for machine translation, parser adaptation, and other uses. Special emphasis will be placed on parallel bible texts, given the fact that these are an excellent data source for historical linguists.
- Third, to investigate specific linguistic phenomena in a crosslinguistic comparison by means of parallel corpora. These linguistic phenomena involve primarily syntax (word order and phrase structure) and information structure, but also other aspects of grammar (e.g. morphology, prosody).

The workshop will be a full-day workshop consisting of three parts:

- A keynote presentation
- A main section with talks resulting from an open call
- An open discussion about future developments in historical-comparative linguistics from the perspective of view of eResearch methodology and analysis
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.139

This is a session of the following meeting:
International Conference on Historical Linguistics

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