[lg policy] Idea for a phone app to gauge language use and sociolinguistic vitality

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at cantab.net
Thu Aug 31 12:35:40 EDT 2017

Hi folks,

In the happy serendipitous place that was the ICML conference in Jyväskylä this week 
(https://www.jyu.fi/icml2017), I had a little idea for using mobile phones to gauge 
language use and sociolinguistic vitality. I clearly don't have enough to do in life 
because I spent most of today writing it up into a draft proposal (i.e. proposal for 
the app, not for funding, although who knows!). I'd love to have your comments: 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts. And of course, if I've completely reinvented the 
wheel and this has actually been done already, feel free to say so... I suppose.

And please share widely :)


Dr. Dave Sayers, ORCID no. 0000-0003-1124-7132
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University | www.shu.ac.uk
Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | www.wiserd.ac.uk
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers

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