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LINGUIST List 23.3485

Tue Aug 21 2012

Calls: Typology, Computational Ling, Anthropological Ling/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Aug-2012
From: Lev Michael <levmichaelberkeley.edu>
Subject: Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Linguistic Typology
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Full Title: Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Linguistic Typology

Date: 13-Dec-2012 - 14-Dec-2012
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Lev Michael
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2012

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Linguistic Typology
13-14 December, 2012
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The idea that geographically proximal languages can share structural features due to contact has a long history in linguistics. Delimiting linguistic areas that arise from contact, and specifying the linguistics features that define them have, however, often depended on relatively subjective judgments regarding the boundaries of such areas and the significance of particular linguistic features. Thanks to the increasing availability of large scale databases of linguistic features, it is now becoming possible to apply statistical techniques and computational models to systematize and render more objective the identification and evaluation of linguistic areal phenomena, and thereby deepen our understanding of linguistic areality.

Plenary Speakers (confirmed):

Will Chang (University of California, Berkeley)
Balthasar Bickel (ZAS, Zürich)
Michael Cysouw (Marburg University)
Mark Donohue (Australian National University)
Michael Dunn (MPI Nijmegen)
Tom Guldemann (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

The workshop is being held in combination with the KNAW Conference on Language Dispersal in Africa, South-East Asia, and South America and the Workshop on Ritual & Secret Languages, Amsterdam, 11-14 December. Participants are encouraged to attend these events as well.

Call for Papers:

The workshop invites presentations including, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Models for objective and systematic assessment and inference of areality
- Soft versus hard boundaries of language contact phenomena
- Phylogenetics and separating genetic versus areal origins for linguistic features
- Stability and importance of areal versus genetic characteristics of languages
- Macro-areality versus micro-areality
- The role of population movements and social history in areal typology
- Methods and ideas from dialectology applied to areal linguistics and vice versa

We invite submission of abstracts for 45-minute presentations. The desired length for abstracts is 1 page of text (plus any amount of pages of references or data tables). Abstracts should be sent to arealquantworkshopgmail.com by October 15, 2012.

Important Dates:

October 15, 2012: Deadline for submission of abstracts
October 22, 2012: Notification of acceptance
December 13-14, 2012: Workshop

The organisers foresee the publication of a proceedings as a special issue of a suitable journal or as a thematic volume with a suitable publisher.


Harald Hammarström (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and MPI EVA, Leipzig), h.hammarstromlet.ru.nl
Lev Michael (University of California, Berkeley), levmichaelberkeley.edu

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