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Full Title: Big Data: New Opportunities and Challenges in Language Acquisition Research

Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 04-Mar-2015
Contact: Christina Bergmann
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Meeting Description: Language acquisition research on topics ranging from phonological
processing to semantic
knowledge has been built on meticulous examination of small data sets, such
as case studies. While
we have learned a lot from such careful work, some limitations quickly
became evident. A new
horizon has opened as bigger, open data sets began to emerge. Early
examples are the CHILDES and
the MCDI projects. Today, new technologies pave the way to some much needed
extensions, for instance, via automatic annotation of day-long
audio(-video) recordings in seldom
described languages. It also becomes possible to include other linguistic
levels (e.g., receptive
knowledge through open repositories of experimental results).

The present workshop will provide a platform for language acquisition
researchers to assess the
progress towards high quality, big, and open data sets, and to discuss
solutions for current
challenges. Researchers who have collected large linguistic data sets from
infants and children will
share current insights and perspectives. In addition to presenting results
from their own research,
they will discuss challenges (such as data standardization, anonymization,
barriers to data sharing),
and consider how to facilitate cross-linguistic extensions. Specialists in
neighboring disciplines can
gain some methodological and theoretical insights potentially useful to
their own work by learning
about the state-of-the-art in large-scale approaches to language acquisition.


This workshop is a so-called 'Kurz-AG' of the annual meeting of the German
Society of Linguistics
(DGfS; Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaften). This means it
takes place within a three-
day conference for which all participants have to register. The short
nature of this workshop allows
presenters and participants to attend other workshops on the remaining two
conference days.

Organizing Committee:

Christina Bergmann (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et
Psycholinguistique, DEC-ENS, Paris,
Alejandrina Cristia (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et
Psycholinguistique, DEC-ENS, CNRS, Paris,
Sho Tsuji (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
LL Issue: 25.2562

This is a session of the following meeting:
Annual Meeting 2015 of DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)

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