LINGUIST List 23.3020

Wed Jul 11 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Germany

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Date: 11-Jul-2012
From: Stefanie Dipper <>
Subject: DGfS Workshop: Modelling Non-Standardized Writing
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Full Title: DGfS Workshop: Modelling Non-Standardized Writing
Date: 13-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013 Location: Potsdam, Germany Contact Person: Michael Beißwenger
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2012

Meeting Description:

Modelling Non-Standardized WritingWorkshop at the 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS)Potsdam, Germany

Invited Speakers:

Jennifer Foster (Dublin City University, Ireland)Christian Mair (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Non-standardized writing can be found in various contexts: for instance, when there are no generally established written language standards (e.g. in languages with an emergent writing system); when existing standards are deliberately ignored by the authors (in creative writing) or replaced by principles of verbalization that are borrowed from oral communication (e.g. when passing notes in a classroom); or when the norms of standard written language have not yet been fully acquired (as in learner texts). In particular, non-standardized writing plays an important role in research on Internet-based communication. The language used in emails, online forums, chats, blogs, etc. sometimes shows significant deviations from standard written language, while exhibiting characteristics of oral language at the levels of lexicon, morphology, and syntax. Well-known phenomena include nonstandard and creative spellings, ad-hoc speedwriting, graphic emulation of prosody and emphasis, acronyms, emoticons, and written representation of non-verbal behavior.

The systematic description of non-standardized writing and its structural and functional analysis are key challenges not only for research on Internet-based communication but also for data-based linguistic studies and corpus creation in many other research areas. The goal of the workshop is to shed light on this problem from the perspective of various research fields and to explore common issues and possible solutions. The main focus is on non-standardized writing phenomena in:

Genres of Internet-based communicationLanguage communities with emergent literacyHistoric varieties of languageLearner texts

Workshop Organizers:

Michael Beißwenger, TU DortmundStefanie Dipper, Ruhr-Universität BochumStefan Evert, TU DarmstadtBianka Trevisan, RWTH Aachen

2nd Call for Papers:

Contributions should address one or more of the following aspects:

- Problem sketches, empirical findings, categories of analysis, and annotation schemata on all relevant levels of linguistic analysis- Treatment of phenomena of non-standardized writing in the compilation and analysis of linguistic corpora- Applications of natural language processing techniques for the treatment of non-standardized writing (in particular for the automatic linguistic annotation of corpora)


Authors wishing to contribute to the workshop are invited to submit a one-page abstract of up to 250 words (including references) by email to no later than 31 July 2012. Submissions and talks are accepted in German as well as English. Note that the talk must be given in the same language as the abstract. Submissions are accepted in Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format. A template as well as further organizational information can be found at

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 31 July 2012Notification: 31 August 2012

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