LINGUIST List 26.3211

Wed Jul 08 2015

Calls: General Linguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 08-Jul-2015
From: Daniel Klenovšak <>
Subject: Methods and Linguistic Theories Symposium
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Full Title: Methods and Linguistic Theories Symposium
Short Title: MaLT 2015

Date: 27-Nov-2015 - 28-Nov-2015
Location: Bamberg, Germany
Contact Person: Hanna Christ
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2015

Meeting Description:

The Bamberg Graduate School of Linguistics is organizing a symposium on research methods in linguistics, which will take place November 27 - 28, 2015 at the University of Bamberg, Germany.

Meeting Description:

Over the past few decades, linguistic theorizing has benefited from an increasing trend towards empirical methodologies across all disciplines. Methodological know-how – both productive and receptive – has thus become one of the key qualifications for (beginning) researchers. The empirical turn in linguistics has gone hand in hand with a considerable diversification of research methods. This diversity, which has come to be seen as a strength of linguistics as a field, has also benefited linguistic theory building.

MaLT provides a forum for researchers to meet peers from other branches of linguistics, look beyond their specific disciplinary boundaries and draw inspiration from neighboring fields. With its emphasis on cross-disciplinary exchange, it offers researchers the opportunity to expand their repertoire of theoretical approaches and methods within and beyond those typically adopted in their subfield. The program will strike a balance between talks and workshops with a methodological focus, which offer hands-on practical advice on a diverse number of topics.

Invited Speakers:

Martin Hilpert, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Alexander Ziem, Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Workshops (2 x 90 minutes):

- Experimental methods in discourse processing
Franziska Hartung, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

- Introduction to statistics for corpus linguistics
Stefan Evert, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

- How to collect (and combine) linguistic and behavioural data - A practical workshop on experiments in linguistics
Franziska Günther, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (Germany)

- Corpus linguistics: a practical introduction to corpus methods and corpus tools
Samantha Laporte, Université catholique de Louvain (France)

The conference is aimed at early-career researchers (graduate students, PhD candidates and Postdocs) from all linguistic disciplines and neighboring fields with an interest in empirical approaches to language studies. There is no conference fee, but participants need to register and sign up for workshops (for details, please visit

2nd Call for Papers:

We encourage researchers to share their work (in progress) and welcome abstracts that reflect upon the fusion of modern empirical methods with well-founded theory. Among the topics that will be discussed are the following:

- Links between theory and methodology; theory-informed empirical practice; empirical data informing theory
- Mixed methods; combining and integrating qualitative and quantitative methods
- Interdisciplinary methods
- “Big data” in linguistics
- Methodological challenges; pros and potentials vs. cons and caveats

Submission Information:

We welcome abstracts for 30 (20 + 10) minute oral presentations and posters. Please note the following guidelines for your submission:

- Abstracts should be sent in 2 versions: One with name and affiliation of the author(s) and an anonymous version
- Please indicate whether your submission should be considered for an oral presentation or poster
- Length: Up to 500 words (excluding references)
- Format: As an MS Word or Open Office document

Please send your abstract to:
Submissions will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Abstract deadline: July 31, 2015
Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2015

Organizing Committee:

Hanna Christ (University of Bamberg)
Daniel Klenovšak (University of Bamberg)
Lukas Sönning (University of Bamberg)

Supported by:

DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service)

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