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LINGUIST List 24.139

Wed Jan 09 2013

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Norway

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

Date: 07-Jan-2013
From: Thorhallur Eythorsson <tollihi.is>
Subject: Diachronic Corpora and Language Change
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Full Title: Diachronic Corpora and Language Change

Date: 05-Aug-2013 - 05-Aug-2013
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact Person: Thorhallur Eythorsson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/events/ichl2013/workshops/

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

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2013

Meeting Description:

At the 21st International Conference of Historical Linguistics (ICHL21), Oslo, there will be a full-day workshop entitled Diachronic Corpora and Language Change.

There are currently several large-scale databases of historical texts being developed, aiming at a linguistic analysis of a great variety of text corpora. These databases are annotated for linguistic information (primarily morphology and syntax) and provide unique resources for eResearch into older languages. A number of the projects form a network of partner projects, with well-established ties which are being consolidated further in within the Diachronic Syntax Corpora (DiaSynCorp) network (T. Eythórsson, PI).

The databases that have been developed in these projects enable an integrated search involving different factors from several modules. Typically, they are searchable in terms of syntax and morphology, but the PROIEL project in Oslo (and its sister project ISWOC) includes information structure as well. Outside the PROIEL project there are other groups interested in using the paralllel corpora provided by Bible translations, such as the Biblia Medieval.

The workshop has the following three objectives:

- First, to enhance cross-linguistic research in syntax and information structure with respect to discourse-status annotation (as in PROIEL).
- Second, to explore further the development of parallel corpora of selected texts from a variety of (old and modern) languages for machine translation, parser adaptation, and other uses. Special emphasis will be placed on parallel bible texts, given the fact that these are an excellent data source for historical linguists.
- Third, to investigate specific linguistic phenomena in a crosslinguistic comparison by means of parallel corpora. These linguistic phenomena involve primarily syntax (word order and phrase structure) and information structure, but also other aspects of grammar (e.g. morphology, prosody).

The workshop will be a full-day workshop consisting of three parts:

- A keynote presentation
- A main section with talks resulting from an open call
- An open discussion about future developments in historical-comparative linguistics from the perspective of view of eResearch methodology and analysis

Call for Papers:

The focus of this workshop is on eResearch methodology and analysis in historical-comparative linguistics. We invite the submission of papers by researchers with a mix of competences in linguistics and relevant computational linguistics and IT infrastructure development.

The research topics to be treated in the workshop include the following points in historical linguistic analysis:

- Studies of diachronic phenomena in syntax and semantics/pragmatics based on annotated corpora, providing replicable research using up-to-date statistical methods
- Comparative linguistics by means of parallel corpora, for example bible texts
- Development of diachronic corpora and corpora of historical languages, including questions of annotation
- The possibilities of integrated search in diachronic corpora (morphology, syntax, pragmatics; phonology, prosody, meter)
- Methodological studies - how can corpus linguistics contribute to diachronic linguistics?
- Ways to make sophisticated diachronic corpora available to philologists and researchers in related fields.

We invite two-page abstracts (plus a third page for references) for the first version (pdf-format). Submissions should include: title; author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author’s email address. Please mark your submission with the abbreviation ‘DiaCorpChange’.

Abstracts should be submitted via our EasyChair page:


If you have problems using EasyChair, please contact us at ichl-osloifikk.uio.no.

The deadline for submissions to ICHL is 1 February 2013. We expect to send notifications by 1 April 2013. Please note that this workshop has an extended deadline.

Organizing Committee:

Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg (lars.borinsvenska.gu.se)
Miriam Bouzouita, Ghent University/Cambridge University (Miriam.BouzouitaUGent.be)
Andrés Enrique-Arias, University of the Balearic Islands (andres.enriqueuib.es)
Thórhallur Eythórsson, University of Iceland, contact person (tollihi.is)
Dag Haug, University of Oslo (d.t.t.haugifikk.uio.no)
Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, University of Iceland (eirikurhi.is)

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