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LINGUIST List 21.2098

Wed May 05 2010

Calls: General Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

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        1.    Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Variation in text and speech: Focus on the joint analysis of multiple characteristics

Message 1: Variation in text and speech: Focus on the joint analysis of multiple characteristics
Date: 04-May-2010
From: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi <bszmfrias.uni-freiburg.de>
Subject: Variation in text and speech: Focus on the joint analysis of multiple characteristics
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Full Title: Variation in text and speech: Focus on the joint analysis of
multiple characteristics

Date: 09-Feb-2011 - 11-Feb-2011
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Contact Person: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi Bernhard Wälchli
Meeting Email: bszmfrias.uni-freiburg.de
Web Site: http://www.frias.uni-
freiburg.de/lang_and_lit/veranstaltungen/variation-lili

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2010

Meeting Description:

Cross-linguistic and language-internal variation in text and speech: focus on
the joint analysis of multiple characteristics

This workshop seeks to bring together typologists, dialectologists and
dialectometricians, register analysts, and quantitative linguists to discuss
approaches to cross-linguistic and language-internal diversity that

-are based on the study of corpora of texts or speech of different
languages, different dialects or different registers (conversation, narratives
including retold stories, newspaper prose, parallel texts, etc.) -- not on
reference grammar material, questionnaire data, dialect atlases, or
elicitation;

-are concerned with the joint (or: aggregate) analysis of multiple
characteristics or features. These multiple characteristics may be frequency
counts and/or distributional data with low levels of data reduction, but not
binary features or discrete features with few types;

-marshal some sort of quantitative analysis technique to see the wood for
the trees. Such techniques may involve data mining in the broadest sense,
dimension reduction techniques, taxonomy, index calculation, diagrammatic
visualization methods (e.g. network diagrams), projections to geography,
and so on.

The nature and number of characteristics is not limited in any way (the more
the merrier). Functional and formal perspectives on phonetics, phonology,
morphology, syntax, and the lexicon are all welcome, provided the features
investigated can be extracted from texts or speech with minimal
commitments to particular theories of grammar.

The workshop is intended as a platform to discuss appropriate analysis
techniques and issues concerning the corpus-cum-aggregation endeavor,
as well as its prospects. Owing to the interdisciplinary scope of the
workshop, we welcome contributions (i) which have an interdisciplinary
focus themselves, and (ii) which emphasize methodological aspects rather
than the detailed discussions of results. The approaches presented should
be applied to a particular set of corpora, and the abstract should spell out
the methodology utilized.

Invited speakers:
* Balthasar Bickel
* Karen Corrigan
* Michael Cysouw
* Östen Dahl
* Dirk Geeraerts
* Jack Grieve
* Peter Grzybek
* Wilbert Heeringa
* Reinhard Köhler
* William Kretzschmar

The workshop will be hosted by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.

Call For Papers

Aside from the talks by the invited speakers there will be time for about ten
more presentations. Given the limited number of additional slots,
collaborative talks are encouraged. We are planning to put together a
focussed Workshop volume, to which all speakers will be kindly requested
to contribute, in Walter de Gruyter's peer-reviewed Linguae et Litterae
series.

Send an abstract of maximally one page (optionally with maximally another
page containing examples, figures, or other additional materials) as a .pdf
file to both organizers:

bszmfrias uni-freiburg de
bernhard.waelchliisw.unibe.ch

Notification by October 1, 2010
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