LINGUIST List 27.894

Thu Feb 18 2016

Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Typology/Poland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 17-Feb-2016
From: Cormac Anderson <>
Subject: A New Era for Cross-Linguistic Databases
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Full Title: A New Era for Cross-Linguistic Databases

Date: 15-Sep-2016 - 17-Sep-2016
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Cormac Anderson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2016

Meeting Description:

The diversity of the world’s c. 6,500 languages represeGeneral Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Typologynts an abundant and irreplaceable resource for understanding the unique communication system of our species. Rather than studying just one language, such as English, by comparing many languages we are better equipped to trace the (pre)history of the populations that speak them, and to understand the processing machinery of our brains (Evans and Levinson, 2009).
This workshop focuses on the curation, dissemination and applications of massively cross-linguistic databases. Existing databases, e.g. PHOIBLE (Moran et al., 2015), ASJP (Wichmann et al., 2013), WALS (Dryer and Haspelmath, 2013), ABVD (Greenhill et al., 2008) are not without their limitations, prompting the active development of larger databases under the names GramBank and LexiBank at the MPI for SHH in Jena. The present workhsop aims to cover topics such as:

- Data curation procedures and protocols (e.g. Forkel 2014)
- Models and algorithms for inferring historical (areal or genealogical) relationships between languages (e.g. Muysken et al. 2015, Michael et al. 2014, Dunn 2014, Longobardi et al. 2013, Heggarty 2012, List 2014, Gray et al. 2013)
- Models and algorithms for inferring non-historical (functional, universal) principles from linguistic data (e.g. Symonds and Blomberg 2014, Dediu and Cysouw 2013, Hammarström and O’Connor 2013, Dunn et al. 2011)
- Visualization techniques for cross-linguistic data (e.g. McElvenny 2015, Moran and McNew 2015)
- Linguistic data of any kind (sociolinguistic, lexical, phonological, grammatical) is desirable so long as there is a significant cross-linguistic coverage.

The following speakers have already expressed an interest in participating:

Russell Gray (MPI-SHH, Jena)
Paul Heggarty (MPI-SHH, Jena)
Harald Hammarström (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Johann-Mattis List (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
Steven Moran (University of Zürich)
Simon Greenhill (Australian National University)

Call for Papers:

We invite submission of abstracts for a one-day workshop session on cross-linguistic databases to be held at the 46th Poznan Linguistic Meeting. Each paper should be of 20 minutes duration, with 10 minutes additional minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be between 200 and 500 words and should be submitted via the Easychair system by 31 March. Participants will be notified of acceptance by 1 May.

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