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Message 1: Electronic Grammaticography
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <sebastian_nordhoffeva.mpg.de>
Subject: Electronic Grammaticography
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Full Title: Electronic Grammaticography
Date: 12-Feb-2011 - 13-Feb-2011
Location: Hawaii, USA
Contact Person: Sebastian Nordhoff
Meeting Email: sebastian_nordhoffeva.mpg.de
Web Site: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/conference/11-
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation
Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2010
This colloquium will bring together field linguists, computer scientists,and
publishers with the aim of exploring production and dissemination of
grammatical descriptions in electronic/hypertextual format. It will be held
under the umbrella of the 2nd International conference on Language
Description and Documentation (http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ICLDC/2011),
allowing interested researchers to participate and present in both events.
Registration for ICLDC includes this colloquium. The colloquium will take
place on the afternoon of the 12th and the morning of the 13th.
The conference on Electronic Grammaticography previously announced will
be relocated from Leipzig to Hawai'i, where it will run as a workshop under
the umbrella of the 2nd International Conference on Language
Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC2). ICLDC2 will be held February
11-13, 2011 at the Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center on the
University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus.
The reason for this relocation is that I have received many comments from
people wanting to attend both events and having them at the same venue
will make this considerably easier.
Topic and invited speakers remain unchanged. I wish to thank all
participating institutions and people for making this short-notice relocation
Call for Papers
For long a step-child of lexicography, the domain of grammaticography has
received growing interest in the recent past, especially in what concerns
lesser studied languages. At least three volumes contain parts dealing with
this question (Ameka et al. 2006, Gippert et al. 2006, Payne & Weber
At the same time, advances in information technology mean that a number
of techniques become available which can present linguistic information in
novel ways. This holds true for multimedial content on the one hand (see
e.g. Barwick & Thieberger 2007), but also so called content-management-
systems (CMS) provide new possibilities to develop, structure and maintain
linguistic information, which were unknown when the idea of an electronic
grammar was first put to print in Zaefferer (1998).
Recent publications in grammaticography often allude to the possibilities of
hypertext grammars (Weber 2006, Evans & Dench 2006), but these
possibilities are only starting to get explored theoretically (Good 2004,
Nordhoff 2008) and in practice (Nordhoff 2007).
This conference will bring together experts on grammar writing and
information technology to discuss the theoretical and practical advantages
hypertext grammars can offer. We invite papers dealing with the arts and
crafts of grammar writing in a wide sense, preferably with an eye on
electronic publishing. Topics of interest are:
-general formal properties of all grammatical descriptions (GDs) in general,
and hypertext GDs in particular
-functional requirements for GDs and the responses of the traditional and
the hypertext approach (cf. Nordhoff 2008)
-discussion or presentation of implementations dealing with the media
transition from book to electronic publication
-opportunities and risks of hypertext grammars
-integration with fieldwork or typological work
-treatment of a particular linguistic subfield (phonology, syntax, ...) within a
Presentations will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion.
Nick Evans (Australian National University)
Christian Lehmann (Universität Erfurt)
Jeff Good (University of Buffalo)
Submission of Abstracts
(a) Length: up to one page of text plus up to one page containing possible
tables and references
(b) Format: The abstract should include the title of the paper and the
text of the abstract but not the author's name or affiliation. The e-mail
message to which it is attached should list the title, the author's name, and
the author's affiliation. Please send the message to the following address:
sebastian_nordhoff AT eva DOT mpg DOT de
(c) Deadline: Note that the deadline is now earlier than announced
previously!! The abstracts should reach us by THURSDAY, August 31.
Submitters will be notified by FRIDAY, October 01.
Ameka, F. K., A. Dench & N. Evans (eds.) (2006). Catching language -
The Standing Challenge of Grammar Writing. Berlin, New York: Mouton de
Barwick, L. & N. Thieberger (eds.) (2006). Sustainable data from digital
fieldwork. Sydney: University of Sydney.
Gippert, J., N. Himmelmann & U. Mosel (eds.) (2006). Essentials of
language documentation. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Good, J. (2004). 'The descriptive grammar as a (meta)database'. Paper
presented at the EMELD Language Digitization Project Conference 2004.
Nordhoff, S. (2007). 'Grammar writing in the Electronic Age'. Paper
presented at the ALT VII conference in Paris.
Nordhoff, S. (2008). 'Electronic reference grammars for typology --
challenges and solutions'. Journal for Language Documentation and
Payne, T. E. & D. Weber (eds.) (2007). Perspectives on grammar writing.
Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Zaefferer, D. (ed.) (1998). Deskriptive Grammatik und allgemeiner
Sprachvergleich. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
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