[Lingtyp] Call for Papers: Measuring Language Complexity (Special Issue in Linguistics Vanguard)
katharina.ehret at anglistik.uni-freiburg.de
Sun May 31 08:36:00 UTC 2020
together withAlice Blumenthal-Dramé
of Freiburg), Christian Bentz <http://www.christianbentz.de/>(University
of Tübingen), and Aleksandrs Berdicevskis
Gothenburg), it is my pleasure to serve as guest editor of the Special
Issue on "Measuring Language Complexity" in Linguistics Vanguard.
Below I am pasting the call for papers. We are looking forward to
receiving your abstracts by July 13, 2020.
Best wishes and stay safe,
<https://sites.google.com/site/katlehret/home>(University of Freiburg)
Special Issue on “Measuring Language Complexity” in Linguistics Vanguard
Ihe past decade, language complexity has been a hot and controversial
topic in engaging researchers from diverse areas of linguistics and
beyond. This special issue is linked to the “Interactive Workshop for
Measuring Language Complexity
<http://christianbentz.de/MLC2019_index.html>”, which brought together
complexity researchers from language typology, second language
acquisition research, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics,
language evolution and other related fields. The workshop evaluated and
compared different measures of language complexity by means of a shared
We are now inviting contributions to a Special Issue discussing all
things related to measuring language complexity.
Submissions are welcome from areas like language typology, second
language acquisition research, cognitive and psycholinguistics,
computational linguistics, language evolution, anthropology,
computational modelling, and other relevant fields.
We welcome theoretical contributions related to topics including:
advantages and drawbacks of complexity metrics, e.g., regarding
their applicability to different data types (e.g. parallel,
cross-linguistic, corpora, databases, etc.) and their robustness
<https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W18-6002/>(cf. Berdicevskis et al.
benchmarks for assessing and comparing the validity of complexity
the relevance of language complexity and complexity metrics to
theoretical and applied linguistics,
how operationalisations of linguistic complexity relate to
underlying constructs, i.e. what does a given metric actually measure?
the extent to which statistical complexity correlates with
the extent to which different complexity metrics correlate,
the potential existence of trade-offs between different levels of
language representation (e.g. morphology versus syntax).
other relevant topics related to measuring language complexity
Empirical contributions presenting results of a complexity (or
complexity-related) metric(s) of your choice on relevant data are also
welcome. The submission of supplementary materials, in particular code
and data, is strongly encouraged.
Submission and acceptance of contributions will take place in a two-step
procedure. There are no publication fees.
Abstract: Anonymised abstracts of 500-600 words, stating the theoretical
background, objectives, data source and description of metric (if
applicable), and results.
Paper: Target length for paper submissions is 3000-4000 words of text.
The general submission guidelines
Linguistics Vanguard apply. A LaTeX template is available upon request.
Abstract submission: July 13, 2020
Notification of acceptance (abstract): August 12, 2020
Paper submission: December 12, 2020
Notification of acceptance (paper): April 13, 2021
Submit your abstract via EasyAbs:
Dr. Katharina Ehret
Department of Linguistics
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6
Department of English
University of Freiburg
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