LINGUIST List 21.4499

Tue Nov 09 2010

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/UK

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        1.     Richard Whitt , New Methods in Historical Corpora

Message 1: New Methods in Historical Corpora
Date: 08-Nov-2010
From: Richard Whitt <>
Subject: New Methods in Historical Corpora
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Full Title: New Methods in Historical Corpora
Date: 29-Apr-2011 - 30-Apr-2011 Location: Manchester, United Kingdom Contact Person: Richard J. Whitt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

The GerManC Project will be hosting a Conference on New Methods inHistorical Corpora next April.

The GerManC project, which is funded jointly by the UK funding bodies forSocial Sciences and Arts & Humanities (ESRC and AHRC), is engaged incompiling a representative historical corpus of German for the early modernperiod (1650-1800) to complement German corpora from earlier periods andcorpora in other languages for the same period (notably the Helsinki andARCHER corpora for English).

The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2011, and this gives anopportune moment to bring specialists together to discuss the construction,annotation and analysis of diachronic corpora. We aim to provide a forumfor scholars compiling such corpora (or planning to do so) to exchangetheir experiences and discuss their results.

The conference will take place at the University of Manchester'sChancellors Hotel and Conference Centre(, which is an ideal environment forformal and informal meetings. There will be no conference fee, andaccommodation and meals will be provided at cost.

The following colleagues have kindly accepted our invitation to giveplenary talks:

David Denison (Manchester) 'Grammatical mark-up: Some more demarcationdisputes'Anke Lüdeling (Berlin) 'A (very small) diachronic treebank of German?Statistics of overusing and underusing of syntactic categories'Terttu Nevalainen (Helsinki) 'English historical corpora in transition.From new tools to legacy data?'Klaus-Peter Wegera (Bochum) 'Corpus based data acquisition. On the designand exploitation of linguistic corpora'

Organisational Committee:

Martin DurrellPaul BennettSilke ScheibleRichard J. Whitt

2nd Call for Papers

We cordially invite abstracts for papers (20 minutes duration, with 10minutes discussion) dealing with any aspects of historical corpora in anylanguage. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, and be sent by 1December 2010 to Richard Jason Whitt ( Theywill be reviewed by a committee consisting of David Denison, NúriaYáñez-Bouza and the conference organisers, and notification of acceptancewill be sent by 15 December. Depending on the number of abstracts received,some submissions may be accepted for presentation as posters.

All accepted papers will be published online, and we are applying for aselection of papers to be published in a special issue of the InternationalJournal of Corpus Linguistics.

The language of the conference is English.

The GerManC team:Paul BennettMartin DurrellSilke ScheibleRichard Jason Whitt

GerManC project: web-site:

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