Drongo festival

20140927 At 27 September 2014, the team of the project Maps and Grammar represented the Meertens Institute at the Drongo festival, a yearly Amsterdam meeting of science and culture with the theme multilinguality. At the meeting we presented three interactive online dialect games to the festival audience.

More than forty people played the games and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. The Maps and Grammar lab presentation was recognized as one of the three best labs by the festival jury and the team was awarded with free entry tickets to a local science museum.

Here are the three games (all in Dutch):

  • Game 1: identify origins of dialect speakers by sound
  • Game 2: determine origins of dialect speakers by syntax
  • Game 3: discover language intuitions

The games were developed in the past week especially for the festival but it would be interesting to develop them further for future events and even for collecting research data. Feedback is welcome!

Looking back: Workshop Maps and Grammar

Workshop Maps and Grammar The Workshop Maps and Grammar of Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 September has been a success. Forty three people from different European countries attended the workshop. We listened to eleven talks, among which invited talks of Hans Goebl, John Nerbonne and Bettina Speckmann. The talk of professor Speckmann of the Technical University of Eindhoven provided useful techniques for mapping language data for the audience which consisted mainly of linguists. We are looking forward to future editions of this workshop!

Workshop programme with slides of talks
Some photos of the second day

Programme Workshop Maps and Grammar

The programme of the Workshop Maps and Grammar has been announced. It contains eleven talks of an international group of scientists. If you want to attend the workshop, please fill in the registration form or notify erik.tjong.kim.sang(at)meertens.knaw.nl of your intention to participate. We are looking forward to this interesting event!

Wednesday September 17, 2014

13:30 – 14:15 Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Instituut)
Introduction to the Workshop
14:15 – 15:15 Hans Goebl (Universität Salzburg)
Language in space and language on maps: some methodological and historical considerations
15:15 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:30 Montserrat Adam-Aulinas (Universitat de Barcelona)
Quantified morphematic maps and a dynamic view of dialectal space: its application to the northern area of central Catalan
16:30 – 17:15 Sean Roberts (MPI Nijmegen)
Drawing Isogloss Lines

Thursday September 18, 2014

09:30 – 10:30 John Nerbonne (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Abstractness and Rigor in Variation Studies
10:30 – 11:15 Erik Tjong Kim Sang (Meertens Instituut)
Finding transition zones in dialect data
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:15 Nina Ouddeken, Marc van Oostendorp, Roberta d’Alessandro (Meertens Insituut / Universiteit Leiden)
Between Voicing and Aspiration
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Gotzon Aurrekoetxea (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)
Analysis of the morphological variation of Basque using the ‘Diatech’ tool
14:15 – 15:00 Wilbert Heeringa (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Finding dialect areas by means of bootstrap clustering
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:00 Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (KU Leuven)
Reverse Dialectometry: geography as a probe into linguistic theory
16:00 – 17:00 Bettina Speckmann (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)
17:00 Drinks

Workshop Maps & Grammar

The Workshop Maps & Grammar will be held on Wednesday 17 September 2014 and Thursday 18 September 2014 at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. The workshop deals with geographic linguistics, putting language and dialect information on maps, and aims to bring together researchers with a background in linguistics and researchers with a background in mapping. We invite the submission of abstracts on the relation between linguistics and geographical maps. The submission deadline is 1 July 2014 1 June 2014. For more information, see the call for abstracts

Zürich meeting 20/21 March 2014

On 20 and 21 March 2014, the Maps & Grammar team visited the University of Zürich in Switzerland. Erik, Gertjan, Hans, Lotte, Nina and Sjef each gave a talk. We listened to talks by Curdin Derungs, Péter Jeszenszky, Philipp Stöckle and Steven Moran. We received a system demonstration by Gabi Bart and Sandro Bachmann, and we spoke with prof. Elvira Gasler and prof. Robert Weibel. We would like to thank our hosts from the University of Zürich for their hospitality and for a nice and interesting meeting!


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Kickoff meeting: 1 July 2013

Members from the project Maps & Grammar had their first meeting on Monday 1 July 2013, the starting date of the postdoc Erik Tjong Kim Sang. The following people were present: Hans Bennis, Gertjan Postma, Erik Tjong Kim Sang, Lotte Hendriks, Sjef Barbiers, Nina Ouddeken and Marc van Oostendorp. We discussed general project issues. The project has started!