First Call for Abstracts

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 17-18, 2014

Geographical linguistics (or dialectology) has a long tradition: 
languages and dialects have been put on maps, and those maps have 
been studied since the mid of the 19th Century. However, recent 
decades have seen a rapid increase in insights into linguistic 
structure as well as in geographic technology, and those two have 
not always been completely matched to each other, so that one 
might feel that current linguistic maps leave things to be 
desired for on both ends.

Many questions arise. For instance, how can regions be 
identified from mapped data? What are good methods to map 
linguistic properties? Is it possible to map grammatical 
(sub)systems instead of individual grammatical features and if 
so how? How can geographic information systems (GIS) best be 
applied to linguistic data? What can linguistic mapping learn 
from mapping techniques used in other fields of science? How 
can we deal with data noise and data sparsity?

This workshop 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, including but not 
limited to: 

* development and storage of linguistic data with geographic features
* the use of geographical data in linguistic argumentation
* visualization of linguistic data on geographic maps
* identifying regions in mapped data from any field of science

Submission details

Submit an abstract of maximally 400 words by e-mail to on or before Sunday 
June 1, 2014.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by June 16, 2014.

Important dates

June 1, 2014: abstract submission deadline
June 16, 2014: notification of acceptance
September 17-18, 2014: workshop

Invited speakers

Hans Goebl
University of Salzburg

John Nerbonne
University of Groningen

Bettina Speckmann
Eindhoven University of Technology

Organizing committee

Sjef Barbiers,
Marc van Oostendorp,
Gertjan Postma,
Erik Tjong Kim Sang,