[Lingtyp] Diachronic Treebanks - Workshop at the 49th SLE meeting, Naples Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2016

Silvia Luraghi silvia.luraghi at unipv.it
Mon Oct 5 20:53:46 UTC 2015


*Diachronic Treebanks - Workshop at the 49th SLE meeting, Naples Aug.
31-Sept. 3, 2016*

*Convenors*: Hanne Eckhoff (University of Tromsø, Norway), Silvia Luraghi
(Università di Pavia, Italy), Marco Passarotti (Università Cattolica del
Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers interested in historical
linguistics, who combine a solid linguistic background with an interest for
the exploitation of electronic resources, and in particular of
syntactically parsed corpora, in research on language change. We welcome
proposals addressing diachronic issues under any type of approach and
methodology, provided that they highlight the contribution of empirical
evidence retrieved from treebanks in achieving meaningful results.

Motivation and Aims

Over the last two decades, treebanks have become an increasingly useful
instrument for data-driven study of linguistic structures at various
levels. The proliferation of treebanks has led to a very large number of
resources available for different languages, which can support comparative
research of various issues cross-linguistically. In recent years, a growing
number of treebanks has also become available for ancient languages and for
different historical stages of the same language: the York-Toronto-Helsinki
corpus (http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~lang22/YcoeHome1.htm) and the Penn
Corpora of Historical English (https://www.ling.upenn.edu/hist-corpora/)
for English, Tromsø Old Russian and OCS Treebank (https://nestor.uit.no)
and RRuDi (
https://www.slawistik.hu-berlin.de/de/member/meyerrol/subjekte/rrudi) for
Russian, PROIEL (
http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/projects/proiel/) for various
ancient Indo-European languages and recently extended to host treebanks for
medieval stages of Romance and Germanic languages, Perseus Latin and
Ancient Greek Dependency Treebanks (
http://nlp.perseus.tufts.edu/syntax/treebank/) for Latin and Ancient Greek,
the Index Thomisticus Treebank (http://itreebank.marginalia.it) for Latin,
and several others. This allows data extraction aimed to assessing the
scope and the effects of diachronic developments, managing a large amount
of data and retrieving information whose relevance can then be evaluated
through statistical methods. Possible issues that can be tackled through
diachronic treebanks are potentially numerous and of different nature, and
include increasing or decreasing productivity of syntactic or morphological
constructions, and, most interesting, interrelationships between different
changes that have previously been considered unrelated or whose
interrelation is otherwise hard to prove.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- historical developments of constructions as evidenced by data extracted
from diachronic treebanks;

- suitability of different types of treebanks (constituent-based vs.
dependency-based) for research on specific diachronic changes;

- correlations between developments in different areas of a language’s

- similarities and differences between parallel developments of similar
changes in different languages;

- how evidence from already known and documented diachronic change can give
input for annotation;

- how semantic and/or pragmatic information can be supplied in order to
better understand the rationale of changes highlighted by data extracted
from treebanks;

- specific issues raised by the development of diachronic treebanks;

- methods and tools to build and access diachronic treebanks;

- issues in data selection for representativeness purposes;

- issues pertaining to scarce and non-standardised data

Call for papers

We invite you to submit abstracts up to 300 words (references not included)
describing original, unpublished research related to the topics of the
workshop. Abstracts should be in an editable format (e.g. .doc or .docx; no
pdf will be considered), and should be sent to all workshop organizers:

hanne.m.eckhoff at uit.no

silvia.luraghi at unipv.it

marco.passarotti at unicatt.it

The deadline for the submission of the short abstract is November 15, 2015.
Abstracts will be evaluated by the convenors, and selected abstracts will
accompany the workshop proposal. We will notify you of inclusion in the
workshop proposal when we submit it on Nov. 25th.
Note that if the workshop has been accepted, you will also have to prepare
a full abstract and submit it to be reviewed by the SLE scientific
committee. The deadline for the submission of full abstracts is January 15,
2016. For further information, please refer to the SLE meeting webpage at

Silvia Luraghi
Università di Pavia
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sezione di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata
Strada Nuova 65
I-27100 Pavia
tel.: +39/0382/984685
Web page personale:
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