New Developments in the Quantitative Study of Languages

Call for papers

New Developments in the Quantitative Study of Languages

Organized by the Linguistic Association of Finland
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:

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

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.

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