Monthly Archives: September 2014

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