LINGUIST List 26.3165

Tue Jul 07 2015

FYI: Instructional Videos for TROLLing

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 07-Jul-2015
From: Laura A. Janda <>
Subject: Instructional Videos for TROLLing
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Announcing instructional videos for the use of TROLLing, a free service for the archiving of linguistic data and statistical code at - the Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics.

Our instructional videos walk you through every step in the process of creating an account (, uploading a study ( and, and searching for linguistic data (

Many linguists are now publishing articles based upon data analysis, creating a need to safeguard the corresponding data and statistical code and make it available to colleagues and to the linguistic community at large.

The Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics, also known as “TROLLing,” is a free professional service.

- is an international archive of linguistic data and statistical code;
- shares the platform of the Harvard Dataverse;
- is compliant with CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure in the EU) standards for digital data storage;
- assigns a permanent URL to each post;
- collects metadata that are searchable through the site;
- is professionally managed by the university library in Tromsø and an international Steering Committee.

Authors of scholarly works are welcome to deposit their data in TROLLing, along with citations of their publications.

Conversely, authors can reference their data by citing their TROLLing posts in their publications.

Instructional videos, a user guide, and the TROLLing banner can be accessed at

Here is what researchers are saying about TROLLing:

“In the age of Big Data, the creation of a general repository of data sets and statistical models for linguistic research is a welcome development. It will stimulate more research and new analyses.” - Maria Polinsky, Director of the Polinsky Language Sciences Lab at Harvard University.

“TROLLing will revolutionize research in linguistics and drive the discipline forward: making data publicly available significantly reduces the risk of bogus results, avoids duplication of efforts and facilitates large-scale analysis of meticulously annotated datasets.” - Dagmar Divjak, University of Sheffield

“TROLLing is crucial for the field of linguistics as it takes the next steps towards becoming more empirical. For the first time, it will be possible for researchers to deposit their primary linguistic data (the foundation for all research) in a central freely accessible on-line repository so that colleagues around the world have access to the same data. This invaluable resource will promote on-going academic exchange on an empirical basis.” - Hans Boas, The Raymond Dickson, Alton C. Allen, and Dillon Anderson Centennial Professor in the Department Germanic Studies and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, Director of the Linguistics Research Center, German FrameNet and the Texas German Dialect Project

“TROLLing is exactly what our field needs - with the potential to become the most useful data resource in linguistics.” - Marit Westergaard, Professor, Center for Advanced Study of Theoretical Linguistics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

“I strongly believe that sharing of data and methods for analysis can play a key role in the growth of cognitive linguistics. It will be beneficial for the community of linguists to have a single searchable repository rather than having data scattered about in many places.” - Laura A. Janda, Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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