LINGUIST List 11.1127

Thu May 18 2000

Confs: An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics

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  • Fiona J. Tweedie, "An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics"-Correction

    Message 1: "An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics"-Correction

    Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 14:32:15 +0100 (BST)
    From: Fiona J. Tweedie <>
    Subject: "An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics"-Correction

    Unfortunately, there was an error in the previous email relating to the Introductory Statistics workshop. The closing date for early registrations is 31 May, not 1 May as in the previous version.

    My apologies,

    Fiona Tweedie



    Department of Statistics University of Glasgow, UK 18-21 July 2000

    Call for Registration

    In recent years techniques from disciplines such as computer science, artificial intelligence and statistics have found their way into the pages of journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, Literary and Linguistic Computing and Computers and the Humanities. The two previous CIMQL workshops have had invited speakers presenting their own work in these areas, but in response to participant demand, the third CIMQL workshop will be devoted to introductory methods in Statistics.

    The workshop is designed to introduce the participants to statistical techniques in a practical environment. Time will be spent in traditional lectures as well as working with statistical software on examples taken from linguistics and literature. The presenters, Fiona Tweedie and Lisa Lena Opas-Hanninen, have experience of teaching this material to a wide variety of students from European countries. Their aim in this workshop is to enable the participants to return to their home institutions able to carry out these techniques in the course of their own research.

    Topics covered will include: * Introduction; Basic approaches and vocabulary, * Summary statistics and displaying data, * Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; differences in means and proportions, * Tests of Association - Chi-square test, correlation * Linear Regression; One-way Analysis of Variance.

    The workshop will be held in the Boyd-Orr building of the University of Glasgow, commencing on Tuesday 18 July at 1pm. The workshop sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday 19 July, Thursday 20 July and the morning of Friday 21 July. There will also be a half day tour on the Friday afternoon and a reception in the Hunterian Art Gallery on Tuesday evening.

    Accommodation has been arranged in university accommodation. The reception, tea and coffee, lunches on 19, 20 and 21 July and evening meals on 18, 19 and 20 July are included in the registration fee. The registration fee, until 31 May, is GBP200.00 and GBP150.00 for students. Participants who are also attending the ALLC/ACH Conference, 21-25 July are eligible for a discount in the ALLC/ACH registration fees.

    For more information about the workshop and to register, please consult the web site at, or send email to the conference organisers at