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Full Title: Patterns of Macro- and Micro-Diversity in the Languages of Europe and the Middle East

      
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Start Date: 18-Jul-2013 - 20-Jul-2013
Contact: Karin Beijering
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://metsvisser.hostei.com/lingcon/
Meeting Description: This is the second of three conferences organized by Pieter Muysken, Maarten Mous and John Nerbonne. The overall theme of the series is language diversity, including at least typology, diachronic linguistics, dialectology, areal linguistics, language contact, colonial varieties, pidgins and creoles. A particular focus of this second conference are computational issues in studying language diversity, including storage, analysis and inference, but please note (as will be clear in the list of speakers) that we do not imagine that theoretical issues have crystallized sufficiently to allow the computational issues to be addressed in purely technical terms. We are convinced that we still need good theoretical ideas about how to detect relations among varieties and how to interpret the signals of relatedness we have.

The conferences are sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Confirmed Speakers:

Typology: Bernd Kortmann, Sjef Barbiers, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi

Infrastructure: Mark Liberman, Jan Odijk

Historical Linguistics and Language Evolution: Michael Dunn, Wido van Peursen, Arie Verhagen, Lars Johanson, Søren Wichmann

Detecting and Analyzing Sound Correspondences: Simon Greenhill, Lars Borin, Jelena Prokic, Hannah Haynie, Steve Moran, Martijn Wieling, John Nerbonne

Modern Data Sources: (Twitter) Jacob Eisenstein; (Simulations) Gerhard Jäger

Archaeology: Stephen Shennan

Population Genetics: Franz Manni
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2351


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