25.3894, Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Historical Ling, Computational Ling/Finland

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Subject: 25.3894, Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Historical Ling, Computational Ling/Finland

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Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:22:44
From: Terttu Nevalainen [terttu.nevalainen at helsinki.fi]
Subject: From Data to Evidence in English Language Research: Big Data, Rich Data, Uncharted Data

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Full Title: From Data to Evidence in English Language Research: Big Data, Rich Data, Uncharted Data 
Short Title: d2e 

Date: 19-Oct-2015 - 22-Oct-2015
Location: Helsinki, Finland 
Contact Person: Terttu Nevalainen
Meeting Email: d2e-conference at helsinki.fi
Web Site: http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/d2e/ 

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

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2015 

Meeting Description:

To diversify the discussion of data explosion in the humanities, the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) is organising an academic conference that addresses the use of new data sources, historical and modern, in English language research.

Big Data:

In recent years, mega-corpora and other large text collections have become increasingly available to linguists. These databases open new opportunities for linguistic research, but they may be problematic in terms of representativeness and contextualisation, and the sheer amount of data may also pose practical problems. We welcome papers drawing on big data, including large corpora representing different genres and varieties (e.g. COCA, GloWbE), databases (e.g. EEBO, ECCO) and corpora created by web crawling (e.g. EnTenTen, UKWaC).
 
Rich Data:

Rich data contains more than just the texts, including representations of spacing, graphical elements, choice of typeface, prosody, or gestures. This is further supplemented by analytic and descriptive metadata linked to either entire texts or individual textual elements. The benefit of rich data is that it can provide new kinds of evidence about pragmatic, sociolinguistic and even syntactic aspects of linguistic events. Yet the creation and use of rich data bring great challenges. We invite papers on the representation, query, analysis, and visualisation of data consisting of more than linear text.

Uncharted Data:

Uncharted data comprises material which has not yet been systematically mapped, surveyed or investigated. We wish to draw attention to texts and language varieties which are marginally represented in current corpora, to data sources that exist on the internet or in manuscript form alone, and material compiled for purposes other than linguistic research. We welcome papers discussing the innovative research prospects offered by new and and previously unused or even unidentified material for the study of English in various contexts ranging from communities and networks to social groups and individuals.

The following invited speakers have confirmed their participation:

Prof. Mark Davies (Brigham Young University)
Prof. Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Prof. Päivi Pahta (University of Tampere)
Dr Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)

The conference forms part of the programme celebrating the 375th anniversary of the University of Helsinki in 2015.

Call for Papers:

VARIENG is pleased to invite colleagues to contribute their thoughts on the uses of big data, rich data and uncharted data as resources, both historical and modern, in English language research. 

- We invite papers highlighting approaches to and methods of analysing big data of various kinds: corpora, databases and web-based sources. 
- We also invite papers that focus on the representation, query, analysis and visualisation of rich data, as well as multiple types of metadata linked to texts or textual elements. 
- We welcome papers discussing the innovative research prospects offered by new and uncharted data for the study of English in various contexts, ranging from communities and networks to social groups and individuals.

Abstracts are invited by 15 February 2015 for 30-minute presentations including discussion. Proposals for posters and corpus and software demonstrations are also welcome.

More information on abstract submission is available on the conference home page at: http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/d2e/cfp.html.







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