LINGUIST List 26.709

Tue Feb 03 2015

Summer Schools: Perspectives on Subjectivity / Amsterdam, Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Malgorzata Cavar <>

Date: 30-Jan-2015
From: Eva Janssen <>
Subject: Perspectives on Subjectivity / Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Host Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Coordinating Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dates: 06-Jul-2015 - 17-Jul-2015
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Focus: This course is meant for students of Linguistics (theoretical, applied or computational), Artificial Intelligence and Journalism, and others interested in cultural perspectives in communication.
Minimum Education Level: BA

Welcome to Perspectives on Subjectivity: an excellent course in Amsterdam!

That is a very subjective opening, as you will agree. Here the subjective perspective of the writer is obvious but as a rule it is much more subtle. Subjectivity is one of the key elements of natural language. Every communicative act is subjective to some degree. Subjectivity starts with the intentions of the producer of the message and affects its associated functions and syntactic structures, not to mention the choice of vocabulary and associated connotations. All of this can be summarized as perspective.

This course combines theoretical linguistic notions about perspectives with hands-on work on real language data in the lab. Moving between theory, discussions, practical data annotation and data use (machine learning and quantitative/ qualitative analysis), you explore a wide range of linguistic phenomena: reference, modality, attribution, registers, sentiment analysis, opinions, temporal processing and so on.

Perspectives on Subjectivity is provided by the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL), which focuses on modeling understanding of natural language through computers. The CLTL is part of the Department of Language and Communication in the Faculty of humanities at VU University Amsterdam.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                      Linguistic Theories

Tuition: 950 EUR
Financial Aid: Applications accepted until 01-Apr-2015
Twenty scholarships are available in the amount 500 Euros for highly motivated students. Also early-bird discounts are available of 100 Euros for anyone who applies before 1 March.

Financial Aid Instructions:
Explain in your motivation letter why this specific course is of interest for you and how it will help you develop your further academic career. In the application form you need to tick a box to notify us that you want to apply for a scholarship.

Registration: 27-Dec-2014 to 01-May-2015
Contact Person: Eva Janssen
                Phone: 020-5983255

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Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
In the online application form students will be asked to provide the following documents: - Motivation letter - Curriculum Vitae/Resume - University Transcript - Copy of passport/identification document

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