LINGUIST List 27.1543

Mon Apr 04 2016

Calls: Applied Ling, Morphology, Phonetics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Russia

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 01-Apr-2016
From: Maria Morozova <>
Subject: Corpus-Based Approaches to the Balkan Languages and Dialects
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Full Title: Corpus-Based Approaches to the Balkan Languages and Dialects

Date: 05-Dec-2016 - 07-Dec-2016
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Contact Person: Maria Morozova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Morphology; Phonetics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

The first international conference on corpus-based approaches to the Balkan languages and dialects is intended as a gathering of scholars who conduct corpus-based studies of various linguistic phenomena in any or several of the Balkan languages, and/or are involved in building annotated linguistic corpora, linguistic archives and interactive databases for the Balkan languages and dialects.

In the last decades digital corpora of the Balkan languages have been developed by scholarly institutions and universities in the Balkans and worldwide. For the time being, Balkan linguists can make use of a range of projects, such as the Bulgarian National Corpus (developed by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), BCS Gralis Corpus (developed in the University of Graz, Austria), Croatian National Corpus (developed in Zagreb University, Croatia), Albanian National Corpus and the Corpus of Modern Greek (both developed by the Russian Academy of Sciences), etc. These corpora constitute a very useful tool, which can facilitate various kinds of linguistic research, where unstructured electronic text collections do not suffice or are not available.

Invited Speakers:
Ruprecht von Waldenfels
(Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley)

The languages of the conference are English, French, German, and Russian.

Host Institution:
Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
199004, Tuchkov pereulok 9, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Alexander Yu. Rusakov, Maria S. Morozova, Maxim L. Kisilier

2nd Call for Papers:

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstracts: April 15, 2016
Notification to the Authors: May 15, 2016

One of the conference’s aims is to share experience in developing electronic corpora and interactive databases of the Balkan languages and dialects (corpora of written language, parallel corpora of the Balkan languages, corpora of spoken language, dialect corpora, etc.). Participants are invited to present either completed or on-going projects, and report on theoretical and practical challenges they have already encountered or are likely to encounter when developing a corpus of (a) Balkan language(s) and discuss possible solutions to these problems. Potential domains of inquiry include:

- Structure of corpus (subcorpora, types of texts), selection of texts and their presentation in corpus (transcription, translations, use of standard orthographies)
- Development of linguistic (morphological, syntactic and semantic) annotation standards and metadata descriptions

Another major aim is to present case studies facilitated by existing corpora and interactive databases of the Balkan languages and dialects. Participants are expected to share the results of their own corpus-based researches in various linguistic domains. The investigations may include:

- Phonetic, morphosyntactic and lexical research using available corpora of the Balkan languages and dialects;
- Diachronic and synchronic studies with the use of language corpora;
- The investigations of written language as well as corpus-based studies of spoken language covering various aspects of spontaneous speech analysis and language acquisition issues.

The languages of the conference are English, French, German, and Russian.
Speaking time is 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts of 400–500 words in MS Word (.doc/.docx/.rtf) format should be submitted to by 15 April 2016.

Make sure that the abstract you submit contains the exact title of your paper and the following information about the author(s): (1) the first name and surname of every author, (2) the affiliation of every author, (3) the email address of every author.

Abstracts will be evaluated and selected by the Programme Committee. We will notify you of the Committee’s decision by 15 May 2016.

There is no participation fee.
The organisers will not be able to cover participants’ travel and hotel expenses.

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