[Corpora-List] Corpus Symposium, Glasgow, 22-23 May 2009

Wendy Anderson w.anderson
Tue Apr 14 12:21:29 CEST 2009


The Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing project is holding a two-day Symposium on Variationist Corpora Online to mark the second year of this AHRC-funded project. The Symposium will be held at the University of Glasgow on 22-23 May 2009. Further details of the programme can be found below. If you would like to attend, we would be grateful if you could contact Jennifer Bann at J.Bann at englang.arts.gla.ac.uk by 27/04/09, returning the 'booking form' at the bottom of this message. Booking is 'first come, first served' - we may need to cap numbers owing to the venue size.

Linguistic variation is a major issue for researchers working on computer-based language projects. This has implications at every level: in particular spelling, lexis, grammar and syntax. The availability of corpora online brings its own issues, and also many benefits. The aim of the Symposium is to gather together scholars working on (or intending to work on) such projects, in order to share experience and possible solutions.

On Friday 22 May, the symposium will feature two keynote talks and a series of shorter talks with opportunities for discussion. The Saturday morning sessions will take the form of panel discussions on issues related to the creation and use of online variationist corpora. The Symposium will be held in the St Andrews Building of the University of Glasgow, about 20 minutes' walk from both the Department of English Language and the University's main building. There will be no charge for the symposium, which includes lunch on Friday, but delegates will be responsible for their own dinner and accommodation expenses.

The University maintains a list of local hotels and guest houses, which is accessible (along with an online enquiry form) at http://www.cvso.co.uk/accommodation/hotels/hot_intro.htm. Please contact the CMSW team if you would like any further information about accommodation. Travel information can be found at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/general/maps/, and a map of the campus at http://www.gla.ac.uk/general/maps/campusmap.html.

with kind regards,

The CMSW team

Provisional schedule for the Symposium:

Friday 22 May:

9.45-10.00: Welcome

10.00-11.00: Keynote talk: Mark Davies, Brigham Young University, Utah: "Examining genre-based variation and recent historical shifts with the Corpus of Contemporary American English"

11.00-11.30: coffee

Session 1: 11.30-13.00

11.30-12.00: Dorian Grieve, University of Glasgow: "Standing on the Shoulders of Gigabytes: Electronic resources and eighteenth century language"

12.00-12.30: Graham Turner, Heriot Watt University: "A British Sign Language corpus: Can we tell what it is yet?"

12.30-13.00: Svenja Adolphs, University of Nottingham: "Multi-modality, Discourse and the Corpus"

13.00-14.00: lunch

14.00-15.00: Keynote talk: Bill Kretzschmar, University of Georgia: "Variation Online and the Linguistics of Speech"

15.00-15.30: coffee

Session 2: 15.30-17.00

15.30-16.00: speaker to be confirmed

16.00-16.30: John Corbett, University of Glasgow: "Towards a corpus-informed history of Modern Scots spelling (1700-1945)"

16.30-17.00: Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University: "Confessions of a corpus creator: What I know now and wish I'd known then"

17.00: Wine reception and book launch

19.00: dinner at a local restaurant

Saturday 23 May:

9.30-11.00: Panel session 1 - spelling and punctuation

This panel session will be a forum for discussion of issues including, but not limited to:

* Spelling variation in historical corpora * Spelling variation in dialectal corpora * Analysing punctuation in historical corpora

11.00-11.30: coffee and scones

11.30-1.00: Panel session 2 - humanities computing: challenges & opportunities

This panel session will be a forum for discussion of issues including, but not limited to:

* Resource sustainability and re-use * Mark-up and standards * Corpora and web technology

BOOKING FORM

Please supply the information requested below by email to Jennifer Bann, at J.Bann at englang.arts.gla.ac.uk (tel: 0141 330 2382)

I will be able to attend the CMSW Symposium on Variationist Corpora Online at the University of Glasgow on 22-23 May 2009.

1. Name (as you wish it to appear on badges, booklet, etc)

2. Affiliation (project, department, as applicable)

3. Contact email address

4. Please indicate which day(s) you intend to attend:

BOTH DAYS

FRIDAY 22nd ONLY

SATURDAY 23rd ONLY

5. We intend to run two panel sessions on the Saturday morning. Would you be willing to participate in either of these by giving a 5 minute presentation on an area of specialism?

Panel session 1 - spelling and punctuation YES / NO

Panel session 2 - humanities computing: challenges and opportunities YES / NO

6. We intend to book dinner at a local restaurant on Friday 22nd May. Please indicate if you would like to join us (dinner is at delegates' own expense) YES / NO

7. Any additional comments / questions?

-- Dr Wendy Anderson Lecturer, Department of English Language, University of Glasgow

http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/englishlanguage <http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/englishlanguage> http://www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk <http://www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk/>

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

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