LINGUIST List 30.2807

Wed Jul 17 2019

Calls: Applied Ling, Comp Ling, Disc Analysis, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 17-Jul-2019
From: Daniel Knuchel <>
Subject: The n-dimensional Culture Space
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Full Title: The n-dimensional Culture Space
Short Title: Symposium S175

Date: 09-Aug-2020 - 14-Aug-2020
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Contact Person: Daniel Knuchel
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Sep-2019

Meeting Description:

The n-dimensional culture space: distributional semantic models and discourse studies

With the availability of digital and digitalized language data more and more research in the interdisciplinary field of discourse studies rely on corpora. In order to analyze this amount of language data different digital methods such as key words and collocations have been used to model meaning in a Firthian sense. However, besides established corpus linguistic methods there are also NLP methods to explore semantic relations in language data.

Recently, distributional semantic models (henceforth DSM) gain popularity, particularly so-called Word Embeddings. DSM are vector representations of words based on their co-occurrence frequencies with other terms in the corpus. This leads to an n-dimensional vector space in which the geometric relationship between words is meaningful for their semantic relationship. Owing to this we hypothesize that Word Embeddings can approximatively represent an n-dimensional culture space where a new kind of analysis is possible for discourse studies.

The possibilities of DSM have been presented in a myriad of ways, however, their potential for cultural analyses has not been fully exploited. The goal of our symposium is to provide a new perspective on the combination of computational approaches, discourse studies and cultural linguistics. Therefore, we ask for empirical contributions where DSMs have been used for discourse studies and cultural analysis.

Prof. Dr. Noah Bubenhofer (University of Zurich) will open the symposium with a keynote.


Daniel Knuchel (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Dr. Julia Krasselt (University of Applied Sciences Zurich, Switzerland

Featured speaker:

Prof. Dr. Noah Bubenhofer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Call for Papers:

You will be asked to indicate which type of presentation you aim for.
There are three types allowed at AILA 2020:

- Featured multimodal presentations (BY INVITATION ONLY)
- Standard multimodal presentations
- Focused multimodal presentations

Your submission will need to include the following:

- Author(s) and affiliation(s)
- Title: max. 20 Words
- Abstract: max. 300 Words
- Summary for in program: max. 50 Words

The symposium number is S175.

Submit your paper here:

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