Workshop Maps and Grammar

September 17-18, 2014
Meertens Institute (Symposiumzaal), Joan Muyskenweg 25, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (travel information)


Recent decades have seen rapid developments in geographical linguistics as well as in mapping technology. The Workshop Maps and Grammar aims to bring together researchers in linguistics with experts in geographic mapping. By exchanging ideas we will gain increased insights into the new opportunities of mapping technology and the specific problems of mapping linguistic structures.


Wednesday September 17, 2014

13:30 - 14:00Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Instituut)
Introduction to the Workshop
14:00 - 14:15Introduction to the workshop talks
14:15 - 15:15Hans Goebl (Universität Salzburg)
Language in space and language on maps: some methodological and historical considerations [abstract] [pdf slides] [talk]
15:15 - 15:45Break
15:45 - 16:30Montserrat Adam-Aulinas (Universitat de Barcelona)
Quantified morphematic maps and a dynamic view of dialectal space: its application to the northern area of central Catalan [abstract]
16:30 - 17:15Harald Hammarstrom, presented by Sean Roberts (MPI Nijmegen)
Drawing Isogloss Lines [abstract] [pdf slides]
18:00Dinner: Hemelse Modder, Oude Waal 11, Amsterdam (only for speakers)

Thursday September 18, 2014

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

Organizing committee

Sjef Barbiers, sjef.barbiers(at)
Marc van Oostendorp, marc.van.oostendorp(at)
Gertjan Postma, gertjan.postma(at)
Erik Tjong Kim Sang,

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Last update: October 7, 2014.