LINGUIST List 12.2741

Thu Nov 1 2001

Calls: Malay/Indonesian Ling,Computational Dialect/gy

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  1. David Gil, Malay/Indonesian Linguistics
  2. Nerbonne J., CFP Computational Dialectology

Message 1: Malay/Indonesian Linguistics

Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 15:45:14 +0100
From: David Gil <>
Subject: Malay/Indonesian Linguistics

First Call for Abstracts

 3-5 August 2002
 Nirwana Resort Hotel, Bintan Island, Riau, Indonesia 


Papers presented at ISMIL are concerned with the Malay/Indonesian
language in any of its varieties. In addition to the standardized
versions of Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia, papers are
particularly welcome dealing with non-canonical isolects such as
regional dialects of Malay and Indonesian, contact varieties, and
other closely related Malayic languages. Papers may be in any of the
subfields of linguistics, and may represent variegated approaches and
diverse theoretical persuasions. Presentations at ISMIL are delivered
in English, as is befitting an international symposium.


Persons wishing to present a paper at the symposium are invited to
submit a one-page electronic abstract to Umberto Ansaldo at the
following address:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 March 2002 



National University of Singapore
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
University of Delaware
Association for Linguistic Typology


Umberto Ansaldo, National University of Singapore
Peter Cole, University of Delaware
David Gil, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Uri Tadmor, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


For further information:

David Gil

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

Telephone: 49-341-9952321 
Fax: 49-341-9952119
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Message 2: CFP Computational Dialectology

Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 17:17:25 +0100
From: Nerbonne J. <>
Subject: CFP Computational Dialectology

Computational Techniques in Dialectometry
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One-day Workshop to be held at Methods XI (Joensuu), 5-9 Aug 2002

The computer is revolutionizing linguistics by facilitating more
sophisticated analyses, by improving the quality and capacity of data
archives, by bringing vastly more data to bear on analyses, and by
serving in simulations as a test for the coherence of complex
linguistic theories. It is furthermore improving the quality of
scientific presentation in linguistics, and enabling a large new range
of efforts in applied linguistics.

In dialectology computational techniques promise improvement
especially with respect to analytical tools, data archives, and the
amount of data which can be subjected to analysis. But there is a
wealth of potentially competing methods, and the initial computational
enthusiasm has to inspire a careful examination and evaluation of
competing methods and techniques if dialectology is to benefit
maximally from the new technology.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring researchers together who are
working to harness computational power as a source of improvement in
dialectological methods. Our more particular focus is on
dialectometry, e.g., the use of exact measurements to determine
dialect differences and/or similarities, geographic or social
distribution, or the incorporation of frequency analysis or
psychological findings.

Possible topics include especially computational techniques for
dialectometry, but also database design for dialect data,
visualization software, the use of geographical information systems,
and software for exploratory data analysis (data-mining).

Convenors: John Nerbonne and William Kretzschmar
 Alfa-informatica Linguistic Atlas Project
 University of Groningen Special Collections
 NL 9700 AS Groningen Department of English
 The Netherlands University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 30602

Papers: The presentations will last for 20 minutes, followed by a
10-minute discussion period. Abstracts should be 300-400 words long,
excluding bibliographies, and should preferably be submitted by e-mail
as RTF (or ASCII text) files.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2001. N.B. Please send your
abstract both to the convenor of the session ( AND
the Methods XI Organising Committee (
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