[Lingtyp] CFP: New Developments in the Quantitative Study of Languages (Helsinki, August 28–29, 2015)

Ksenia Shagal ksenia.shagal at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 21:21:23 UTC 2015

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the call for papers for this year's symposium
organized by the Linguistic Association of Finland (SKY).

[Apologies for cross-posting]

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New Developments in the Quantitative Study of Languages
Helsinki, August 28–29, 2015

In recent decades a number of linguistic sub-disciplines have
witnessed a paradigm shift towards more empirical research. In
phonetics, socio- and psycholinguistics statistical methods have
already been employed for a long time. More recently, the application
of quantitative research methods has become a major trend in many
other research areas, such as language typology, first and second
language acquisition, historical linguistics and language contact, to
name but a few. The analysis of increasingly large datasets has also
called for the adoption of statistical techniques.

The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers from
different frameworks within quantitative linguistics to discuss new
methods in language studies and new applications of existing ones. In
particular, we invite papers exploring methodological issues of
quantitative research (such as sampling, hypothesis testing, model
construction, etc.) as well as studies focusing on quantitative
cross-linguistic comparison or analyzing particular language and text
phenomena using quantitative methods.

Possible topics for talks may relate to (but are not restricted to)
the application of quantitative methods in the following areas:

- language typology
- historical linguistics
- language contact
- sociolinguistics
- psycholinguistics
- first and second language acquisition
- corpus linguistics
- computational modelling
- language processing

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

- Prof. Michael Cysouw (Philipps University, Marburg)
- Prof. Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Abstract submission

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding data and
references, should be submitted by March 15, 2015. They will be
evaluated by the organizing committee and by the members of the
scientific committee. Notifications of acceptance will be announced by
April 30, 2015. The talks will be 30 minutes long: 20 min for
presentation and 10 min for discussion.

Please submit your abstract at: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/quantling-2015.

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact:
quantling-2015 at helsinki.fi.

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