LINGUIST List 28.4800

Tue Nov 14 2017

Summer Schools: 5th Zadar Linguistics Forum: Language Documentation and the Treatment of Spoken Language/Croatia

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 13-Nov-2017
From: Marco Angster <>
Subject: 5th Zadar Linguistics Forum: Language Documentation and the Treatment of Spoken Language/Croatia
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Host Institution: University of Zadar

Dates: 21-Mar-2018 - 24-Mar-2018
Location: Zadar, Croatia

Focus: This four-day event, including a doctoral conference and a training school will be focused on language documentation and on the elaboration of spoken language data with special emphasis on methodologies and tools used in this domain. Lecturers and Courses. The following lecturers and course topics are confirmed: Vincenzo Galatà (Free University of Bolzano) Best practices in language documentation: designing, building and managing your corpus of spoken data Eugenio Goria (University of Bologna) The use of ELAN in language documentation: transcribing and annotating spoken corpora Zvjezdana Vrzić (University of Rijeka) Introduction to FLEx - software for language documentation The event is aimed at doctoral students of linguistics and related disciplines (Slavic Studies, English Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, etc.), doctoral researchers who investigate different aspects of language and young researchers, but graduate students interested in language documentation are also encouraged to apply.
Minimum Education Level: MA

Language endangerment is a well-known issue and the disappearance of many undocumented languages is a loss that many scholars of different domains have denounced. Less dramatic but nonetheless urgent is the need to consider spoken language as crucial in achieving a better understanding of linguistic phenomena related to discourse and to the emergence of grammatical features. Language documentation and, more generally, the ability to gather, manage and analyse spoken language are two areas which display an increasing importance in Applied Linguistics and Linguistics in general.

The 5th Zadar Linguistic Forum: Language Documentation and the Treatment of Spoken Language consists of a doctoral conference and a spring school, which will be held from the 21st to the 24th March 2018.

The Doctoral Conference will open the event on the 21st March. Doctoral students are invited to Submit abstracts for participating at the conference on subjects including, but not limited to the topics of language documentation and of spoken language research.

A 3-day training school will follow the conference from the 22nd to the 24th March. It will provide a unique opportunity for participants to get acquainted with some basic software used in language documentation and get some practical hands-on experience on how to collect, record, transcribe, and analyze spoken data. Experienced researchers working on language documentation and on the treatment of spoken language will be in charge of three courses that will guide the participants through the first steps in the use of several tools for the acquisition, treatment and management of spoken language data with a special attention to the issues connected to language documentation.

Application and Abstract Submission:

The participation to the meeting can follow two modalities:
- conference + training school
- only training school

The attendance of the training school is limited to 30 participants while the slots available for oral presentations at the conference on the first day will be a total of 15. The papers will be selected on the basis of two criteria:
- quality of the proposal
- relevance for the topic of the conference

After the selection, the authors whose paper is ranked after the first 15 on the basis of the aforementioned criteria will be invited to participate at a poster session.

Papers are formal presentations of original research, lasting a total of 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Posters offer an opportunity for an individualized, more informal presentation and discussion of the research.

English and Croatian are official languages of the workshop. Authors should apply for presenting at the conference by submitting an abstract of their presentation. Abstract proposals (200 – 400 words) may be submitted either in English or in Croatian and English. Each presenter may submit only one abstract proposal, co-authored by one or more authors. Abstract proposals should be carefully checked and proofread. All accepted abstracts will be subsequently available in an electronic form.

The deadline for abstract submission is December 31, 2017. Authors will receive a notification of acceptance no later than January 31, 2018.

Applicants for both the school and the conference should fill in the Application form available at the Zadar Linguistic Forum website.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                      Language Documentation
                      Text/Corpus Linguistics

Language Families: Indo-European

Tuition: 35 EUR
Registration: 01-Feb-2018 to 28-Feb-2018
Contact Person: Marco Angster

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
All students applying for the training school must fill in the form available at the Zadar Linguistic Forum website. In the form students applying for the school who are interested in presenting their research on the first day of the event must provide in the form itself a title, an abstract and 3 to 5 keywords illustrating their presentation. The abstracts, in English or Croatian, should be 300 to 400 words long. If your abstract is in Croatian, please provide an English translation.

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