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        1.    Sebastian Nordhoff, Electronic Grammaticography

Message 1: Electronic Grammaticography
Date: 21-May-2010
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <sebastian_nordhoffeva.mpg.de>
Subject: Electronic Grammaticography
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Electronic Grammaticography

Date: 11-Feb-2011 - 12-Feb-2011
Location: Hawaii, USA
Contact: Sebastian Nordhoff
Contact Email: sebastian_nordhoffeva.mpg.de
Meeting URL: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/conference/11-grammaticography2011

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation

Meeting Description:

This meeting wants to bring together field linguists, computer scientists, and
publishers with the aim of exploring production and dissemination of grammatical
descriptions in electronic/hypertextual format

Please Note:

The conference on Electronic Grammaticography announced on this list last month
will be relocated from Leipzig to Hawai'i, where it will run as a workshop under
the umbrella of the 2nd International Conference on Language Documentation and
Conservation (ICLDC2, http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ICLDC/2011/index.html). ICLDC2
will be held February 11-13, 2011 at the Hawai'i Imin International Conference
Center on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus. The exact date of the
workshop as well as more details will be announced in due course.

The reason for this relocation is that I have received many comments from people
wanting to attend both events and having them at the same venue will make this
considerably easier.

Topic and invited speakers remain unchanged. See the programme below. I wish to
thank all participating institutions and people for making this short-notice
relocation possible.

For long a step-child of lexicography, the domain of grammaticography has
received growing interest in the recent past, especially in what concerns lesser
studied languages. At least three volumes contain parts dealing with this
question (Ameka et al. 2006, Gippert et al. 2006, Payne & Weber 2007). At the
same time, advances in information technology mean that a number of techniques
become available which can present linguistic information in novel ways. This
holds true for multimedial content on the one hand (see e.g. Barwick &
Thieberger 2007), but also so called content-management-systems (CMS) provide
new possibilities to develop, structure and maintain linguistic information,
which were unknown when the idea of an electronic grammar was first put to print
in Zaefferer (1998). Recent publications in grammaticography often allude to the
possibilities of hypertext grammars (Weber 2006, Evans & Dench 2006), but these
possibilities are only starting to get explored theoretically (Good 2004,
Nordhoff 2008) and in practice (Nordhoff 2007).

This conference will bring together experts on grammar writing and information
technology to discuss the theoretical and practical advantages hypertext
grammars can offer.

Invited Speakers:

Nick Evans (Australian National University)
Christian Lehmann (Universität Erfurt)
Jeff Good (University of Buffalo)

References:

Ameka, F. K., A. Dench & N. Evans (eds.) (2006). Catching Language - The
Standing Challenge of Grammar Writing. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Barwick, L. & N. Thieberger (eds.) (2006). Sustainable Data from Digital
Fieldwork. Sydney: University of Sydney.
Gippert, J., N. Himmelmann & U. Mosel (eds.) (2006). Essentials of Language
Documentation. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Good, J. (2004). ''The Descriptive Grammar as a (Meta)database''. Paper
presented at the EMELD Language Digitization Project Conference 2004. [paper]
Nordhoff, S. (2007). ''Grammar Writing in the Electronic Age''. Paper presented
at the ALT VII conference in Paris.
Nordhoff, S. (2008). ''Electronic Reference Grammars for Typology - Challenges
and Solutions''. Journal for Language Documentation and Conservation, 2(2):296-324.
Payne, T. E. & D. Weber (eds.) (2007). Perspectives on Grammar Writing.
Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Zaefferer, D. (ed.) (1998). Deskriptive Grammatik und Allgemeiner
Sprachvergleich. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
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