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Full Title: Boundaries in Empirical (Linguistic) Data

Location: Monte Verità, Switzerland
Start Date: 28-Apr-2017 - 28-Apr-2017
Contact: Charlotte Meisner Agnes Kolmer
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Meeting Description: The workshop consists of three individual sessions, conceived and hosted by the URPP members Curdin Derungs (University of Zurich), a GIScientist currently leading the GISLab, Wolfgang Kesselheim (University of Zurich), a conversation analyst and leader of the VideoLab, and Tanja Samardžić (University of Zurich), a computational linguist leading the CorpusLab. The general idea is to present case studies, including associated data, and to provide simple tools that allow hands-on discussions of boundaries in linguistics. Participants can register for one of the three case studies (appr. 15 participants per group):

Case study 1: Boundaries in Interactional Space (VideoLab)
Case study 2: Spatial Boundaries in Areal Linguistics (GISLab)
Case study 3: Spatial spread of linguistic features extracted from Twitter (CorpusLab)

The three sessions share the same umbrella questions:

1) What information is used to create spatial entities?
2) What types of boundaries result from the analysis?

Findings from the three case study groups will be discussed in a common concluding session.

Registration information:

- The workshop is free for participants of the conference Spatial Boundaries and Transitions in Language and Interaction. The number of participants is limited to max. 45 persons.
- Please register until 31 January 2017 via email to by indicating your preferred case study.

The conference program includes talks by invited speakers, talks in four thematic sessions, a poster session and a workshop. Sunday, 23 April, is the arrival day. Registration opens in the afternoon. The actual conference program starts on Monday, 24 April, at 9 am. The thematic sessions and the invited talks take place from Monday to Thursday. Friday, 28 April, is the departure day. The workshop and the excursion will take place in parallel on Friday morning. The conference ends on Friday around 2 pm. A complete and detailed program will be published in January, 2017.

Invited Speakers:

Peter Auer (University of Freiburg): Physical boundaries in language and interaction
Christian Berndt (University of Zurich): The role of boundaries within human geography
Nick Enfield (University of Sydney): The role of boundaries within Interactional spaces
Frans Gregersen (University of Copenhagen): Shifting boundaries in time and space
Tom Güldemann (Humboldt-University Berlin): The role of boundaries within Linguistic Areas
Setha Low (City University of New York): Boundaries of linguistic areas and socio-cultural interaction
Dan Montello (University of California, Santa Barbara): The role of boundaries within GIScience
Barbara Tversky (Stanford University): Mountain and valley: the categorization of geographic objects
Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University): Migration, borders and boundaries from an inter-disciplinary perspective
Linguistic Subfield: Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 27.4229

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