LINGUIST List 25.1411

Mon Mar 24 2014

Calls: Historical Ling, Lang Documentation, Socioling, Syntax/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 22-Mar-2014
From: Erik Tjong Kim Sang <>
Subject: Workshop Maps & Grammar
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Full Title: Workshop Maps & Grammar

Date: 17-Sep-2014 - 18-Sep-2014
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Erik Tjong Kim Sang
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2014

Meeting Description:

Workshop Maps & Grammar

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 17-18, 2014

Geographical linguistics (or dialectology) has a long tradition: languages and dialects have been put on maps, and those maps have been studied since the mid of the 19th Century. However, recent decades have seen a rapid increase in insights into linguistic structure as well as in geographic technology, and those two have not always been completely matched to each other, so that one might feel that current linguistic maps leave things to be desired for on both ends.

Many questions arise. For instance, how can regions be identified from mapped data? What are good methods to map linguistic properties? Is it possible to map grammatical (sub)systems instead of individual grammatical features and if so how? How can geographic information systems (GIS) best be applied to linguistic data? What can linguistic mapping learn from mapping techniques used in other fields of science? How can we deal with data noise and data sparsity?

This workshop aims to bring together researchers with a background in linguistics and researchers with a background in mapping.

Invited Speakers:

Hans Goebl, University of Salzburg
John Nerbonne, University of Groningen
Bettina Speckmann, Eindhoven University of Technology

Call for Abstracts:

We invite the submission of abstracts on the relation between linguistics and geographical maps, including but not limited to:

- Development and storage of linguistic data with geographic features
- The use of geographical data in linguistic argumentation
- Visualization of linguistic data on geographic maps
- Identifying regions in mapped data from any field of science

Submission Details:

Submit an abstract of maximally 400 words by e-mail to on or before Sunday June 1, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by June 16, 2014.

Important Dates:

June 1, 2014: Abstract submission deadline
June 16, 2014: Notification of acceptance
September 17-18, 2014: Workshop

Organizing Committee:

Sjef Barbiers,
Marc van Oostendorp,
Gertjan Postma,
Erik Tjong Kim Sang,

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