LINGUIST List 21.3235

Wed Aug 11 2010

Calls: Comp Ling, lang Doc/USA

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        1.    Sebastian Nordhoff, Electronic Grammaticography

Message 1: Electronic Grammaticography
Date: 09-Aug-2010
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <>
Subject: Electronic Grammaticography
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Full Title: Electronic Grammaticography

Date: 12-Feb-2011 - 13-Feb-2011 Location: Hawaii, USA Contact Person: Sebastian Nordhoff Meeting Email: Web Site: grammaticography2011

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2010

Meeting Description:

This colloquium will bring together field linguists, computer scientists,and publishers with the aim of exploring production and dissemination of grammatical descriptions in electronic/hypertextual format. It will be held under the umbrella of the 2nd International conference on Language Description and Documentation (, allowing interested researchers to participate and present in both events. Registration for ICLDC includes this colloquium. The colloquium will take place on the afternoon of the 12th and the morning of the 13th.

Please Note:

The conference on Electronic Grammaticography previously announced 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). 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 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. I wish to thank all participating institutions and people for making this short-notice relocation possible.

Call for Papers

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. We invite papers dealing with the arts and crafts of grammar writing in a wide sense, preferably with an eye on electronic publishing. Topics of interest are:

-general formal properties of all grammatical descriptions (GDs) in general, and hypertext GDs in particular

-functional requirements for GDs and the responses of the traditional and the hypertext approach (cf. Nordhoff 2008)

-discussion or presentation of implementations dealing with the media transition from book to electronic publication

-opportunities and risks of hypertext grammars

-integration with fieldwork or typological work

-treatment of a particular linguistic subfield (phonology, syntax, ...) within a hypertext description

Presentations will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion.

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

Submission of Abstracts (a) Length: up to one page of text plus up to one page containing possible tables and references

(b) Format: The abstract should include the title of the paper and the text of the abstract but not the author's name or affiliation. The e-mail message to which it is attached should list the title, the author's name, and the author's affiliation. Please send the message to the following address: sebastian_nordhoff AT eva DOT mpg DOT de

(c) Deadline: Note that the deadline is now earlier than announced previously!! The abstracts should reach us by THURSDAY, August 31. Submitters will be notified by FRIDAY, October 01.

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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