Call for Participation: Creating Infrastructure for Canonical Typology

Greville Corbett g.corbett at SURREY.AC.UK
Tue Oct 21 09:03:12 UTC 2008

Call for Participation
Creating Infrastructure For Canonical Typology
January 9 - 10, 2009
Conference hosted by the Surrey Morphology Group
and Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
There is a growing movement within linguistics to promote the use of
ontologies for linguistic description. However, differences in terminology
and underlying logic are major stumbling blocks. One way of addressing these
problems is to adopt the canonical approach to typology by taking defining
properties and placing them in a multidimensional space. In this way we can
treat, for example, issues of whether particular constructions fit under the
rubric 'agreement' or 'case' as a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a
canonical ideal. A two-day international seminar is being held at Surrey in
January 2009, addressing the issues relevant for the creation of an ontology
for Canonical Typology in the form of a Community of Practice Extension
(COPE) within the General Ontology for Linguistic Description (GOLD). It
brings together computational linguists, fieldworkers and typologists, as
well as researchers working specifically on ontologies.
Registration for the conference is now open online at:
Everyone who wishes to attend the meeting must register, using the online
form, no later than 10 December 2008.
A small number of bursaries is available to subsidise travel within the UK
for postgraduate student participants. Anyone wishing to be considered for a
student bursary should send a one-page letter of application to Mrs Mirela
Dumic <m.dumic at> by the end of 7 December 2008.
January 9, 2009
  9.00-10.00   Meeting of the LTRC Group
  10:00-10:30   Refreshments and arrival
Session A   
  10:30-10:45   Introduction  Dunstan Brown (Surrey)
  10:45-11:30   Canonical morphosyntactic features Greville Corbett (Surrey)
  11:30-12:30   Towards a multidimensional typology of nominal
classification Frank Seifart (Regensburg)
  12:30-1:15   Lunch
Session B   
  1:15-2:00   Refining the canonical characterization of the passive Anna
Siewierska (Lancaster)
  2:00-3:00   Rare but useful: the canons 'direct' and 'indirect' in
reported speech typology Nicholas Evans (ANU)
  3:00-3:30   Coffee break
  3:30-4:15   Canonical typology: the case of reflexivization Martin
Everaert (Utrecht) 
  4:15-5:00   Towards a typology of finiteness: a canonical approach  Irina
Nikolaeva (SOAS)  
January 10, 2009
Session A   
  9:00-9:45        On clitics and canons Andrew Spencer (Essex) and Ana Luis
  9:45-10:30     Canonical typology of person agreement: Evidence from
signed languages Kearsy Cormier (UCL)
  10:30-11:00   Coffee break
  11:00-11:45   Canons and the Possession-Modification Scale Irina Nikolaeva
(SOAS) & Andrew Spencer (Essex)
  11:45-12:30   Infrastructure requires a foundation: a base for the canons
of negation Oliver Bond (SOAS)
  12:30-1:30     Lunch

Session B   
  1:30-2:15   From interlinearized glossing to standard annotation Dorothee
Beermann Hellan (Trondheim)
  2:15-3:00   Corpus informed approach to Canonical Typology Jiajin XU
  3:00-3:15   Coffee break
  3:15-4:00   An extensible design for linguistic survey databases Alexis
Dimitriadis (Utrecht)
  4:00-5:00   Using canonical typology to achieve e-Linguistics  Scott
Farrar (Washington)
  5:00   Concluding Remarks

Organised by: Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina & Anna Kibort (d.brown at, m.tchoumakina at, a.kibort at

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