CfP: Quantitative Linguistic Typology: State-of-the-Art and Beyond, Deadline January 15

Ljuba Veselinova ljuba at LING.SU.SE
Wed Jan 9 17:31:20 UTC 2013

Quantitative Linguistic Typology: State-of-the-Art and Beyond

Convenor: Harald Hammarström

There is increasing awareness that the only strict yes/no language
universals to be found in the languages of the world are trivial
(Evans & Levinson 2009) and that most of the interesting variation
comes in the form of tendencies and patterns. While not everything in
language can be weighted and measured, many aspects do lend themselves
to a quantitative analysis.

Coupled with the recent explosion of data in digital form (a trend
punctuated by the appearance of WALS), the field of Linguistic
Typology is now fully equipped – and perhaps required – to address its
fundamental questions quantitatively.

The proposed theme session aims to cover quantitative approaches to
linguistic typology ranging from the use of basic statistical
techniques (such as regression analysis, or constructing a stratified
typological sample, Cysouw 2005) to full-fledged models for explaining
diversity and similarity of the languages of the world:

Methods and models for discovering and measuring dependencies between
structural features of languages
Methods and models for separating the effects of genealogy, areality,
universal tendencies and randomness in the make-up of languages
Methods and models for hypothesis testing in linguistic typology
Methods and models for studying the interaction of linguistic and
non-linguistic features
Empirical results of contrasting different (quantitative or
non-quantitative) approaches to typology

In particular, the proposed theme session aims to offer the
typological community a state-of-the-art snapshot (by the convenors)
of what quantitative methods can (and can not) do, as well as
presentations (by external submissions) advancing the state of
knowledge in the field.


Cysouw, Michael (2005). Quantitative methods in typology. In Altmann,
G., Köhler, R., and Piotrowski, R., editors, Quantitative Linguistik:
ein internationales Handbuch, pages 554–578. Mouton de Gruyter.

Evans, Nick and Levinson, Stephen (2009). The myth of language
universals: Language diversity and its importance for cognitive
science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(5):429–492.

Submission -- Deadline January 15, 2013:

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