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!
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
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
|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
|11:30 – 12:15
||Nina Ouddeken, Marc van Oostendorp, Roberta d’Alessandro (Meertens Insituut / Universiteit Leiden)
Between Voicing and Aspiration
|12:15 – 13:30
|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
|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)
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
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!
(Click on the photo to view a larger version)
Erik and Lotte have submitted an abstract to the LREC conference which will be held in Reyjavik, Iceland in May 2014. The abstract describes a tool for visualizing and analyzing dialect data and has the title Arvid: A Computational Tool for Dialect Research Comments are welcome.
Postscript 24 March 2014: the abstract was not accepted for the conference
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!