LINGUIST List 27.2026

Tue May 03 2016

Calls: Computational Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 29-Apr-2016
From: Tino Oudesluijs <>
Subject: Big Data and Bad Data: Challenges of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
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Full Title: Big Data and Bad Data: Challenges of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Date: 02-Sep-2016 - 03-Sep-2016
Location: Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Contact Person: Tino Oudesluijs
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2016

Meeting Description:

Big data and bad data: challenges of quantitative and qualitative research methods in Linguistics

This workshop will focus on the empirical basis of linguistic research, particularly on quantitative and qualitative research methods based on empirical data, including the challenges, advantages, shortcomings, complementary value, etc. of a variety of methods for the (theoretical) interpretation of the data.

Selected questions that will be addressed during this workshop are as follows:

- How have recent developments in digital humanities (e.g. large scale digitization of hitherto unknown manuscript material (diachronic) or social media data (synchronic)) affected the way in which we approach data from a linguistic perspective? More specifically, do these developments introduce bad data challenges and/or resolve existing bad data problems?

- How and in what way could the ‘Big Data’ approach have an effect on our interpretations of language variation and change, and also the role of language standards?

- What impact will the latter approach have on existing theoretical frameworks? For instance, will it lead to revisions of frameworks such as the social network theory and community of practice, which are used to interpret historical and contemporary data?

The workshop is aimed at postgraduate students as well as everybody else interested, particularly those working in the field of language variation and change (past and present) of any language.

The plenary speakers are Prof. Susan Fitzmaurice (University of Sheffield), Prof. Alexander Bergs (University of Osnabrück) and Prof. Daniel Schreier (University of Zürich).

Call for Papers:

Postgraduate students are invited to give a 20-minute talk on an aspect of their research, which can range from a fully-fledged paper to a work-in-progress.

- length: max. 300 words
- format: PDF
- submission: as an e-mail attachment to
- expected timeline for notification of acceptance: within a week after submission

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