LINGUIST List 9.992

Thu Jul 2 1998

Confs: Quantitative Linguistics

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  1. Fiona J. Tweedie, Computationally-Intensive Methods in Quantitative Linguistics

Message 1: Computationally-Intensive Methods in Quantitative Linguistics

Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 17:12:43 +0100 (BST)
From: Fiona J. Tweedie <>
Subject: Computationally-Intensive Methods in Quantitative Linguistics


 Department of Statistics 
 University of Glasgow, UK
 7-9 September 1998

 Announcement and Call for Registration

In recent years techniques from disciplines such as computer science,
articficial intelligence and statistics have found their way into the
pages of journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Linguistics,
Literary and Linguistic Computing and Computers and the
Humanities. While this influx may bring more advanced methods of
analysis to the fields of quantitative linguistics, stylometry and
stylistics, the demands upon researchers to understand and use these
new techniques are great. Familiarity with the appropriate software
and the ear of a sympathetic expert are pre-requisites without which
the technique may seem out of reach to the average researcher. The
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute and the
Department of Statistics of the University of Glasgow are hence
supporting this practical workshop in Computationally-Intensive
Methods in Quantitative Linguistics.

The workshop is designed to introduce the participants to four such
techniques in a practical environment. Each half-day session will be
divided into an introductory session in a lecture theatre and a longer
period spent working with software and practical examples. All of the
speakers have published papers using the analyses they will present
and their aim in this workshop is to enable the participants to return
to their home institutions able to carry out these techniques in the
course of their own research.

The sessions and speakers are as follows:

Harald Baayen; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen,
 The Netherlands.
Large Number of Rare Event Models

Walter Daelemans; University of Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Linguistics as Data Mining: Using Machine Learning Techniques to
Discover Linguistic Generalizations

Michael Oakes; University of Lancaster, Unted Kingdom.
Multivariate Statistics in Corpus Linguistics

Fiona Tweedie; University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Time Series Models in Linguistics

The workshop will be held in the Mathematics Building of the
University of Glasgow, commencing on Monday 7 September at 1pm. The
four workshop sessions will take place on Monday afternoon, Tuesday 8
September and the morning of Wednesday 9 September. There will also be
a half day tour on the Wednesday afternoon and a reception in the
Hunterian Art Gallery on Monday evening.

Accommodation has been arranged in university accommodation with some
en suite facilities. The reception, tea and coffee, lunches on 8 and 9
September and evening meals on 7 and 8 September are included in the
registration fee. The registration fee, until 15 July, is GBP150.00
and GBP100.00 for students. Participants who are also attending the
Digital Resources in the Humanities Conference, 9-12 September are
eligible for a discount in the registration fees.

For more information about the workshop and to register, please
consult the web site at 
or send email to the conference organisers at Please note that the organisers will be
attending the ALLC/ACH conference in Debrecen from 2-11 July, so
responses during this time may be sparse.
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