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International Summer School ‘Fieldwork and Annotation’ 2019


Week 1, Monday- Friday, 16-20.09.2019

  • 9:30-11:00 Language Documentation and Linguistic Fieldwork (Charlotte Hemmings),
  • 11:30-13:00 Introduction to Statistics (Dominic Schmitz),
  • 14:00-15:30 Introduction to Statistics: Excercises (Dominic Schmitz),
  • 16:00-17:30 Introduction to Corpus Linguistics (Felix Bildhauer),

Week 2, 24-27.09.2019

Monday, 23.09.2019
  • 10:30-16:00 (including lunch break) Annotation and Corpus Work (Arndt Riester),
Tuesday, 24.09.2019
  • 11:30-15:30 (including lunch break) Annotation and Corpus Work (Arndt Riester),
Wednesday & Thursday, 25-26.09.2019
  • 11:00-13:00 Descriptive Linguistics and Sociolinguistic Research in Fieldwork (Atsuko Utsumi),
  • 14:00-15:30 Descriptive Linguistics and Sociolinguistic Research in Fieldwork (Atsuko Utsumi),

Course Descriptions

Charlotte Hemmings, ‘Language Documentation and Linguistic Fieldwork’ (University of Oxford)

  • Introduction to Language Documentation; Field Methods in Linguistics; Ethical Issues & Data Management; Recording
    Techniques; Software for Annotation

Dominic Schmitz, ‘Introduction to Statistics’ (University of Cologne)

  • General ideas and methods of statistics; Data visualization and measures of central tendencies; Inferential
    statistical methods, e.g. linear regression and linear mixed effects models, R & RStudio (Previous knowledge of statistics or the R programming language is not required.)
    To prepare for this course, please install R (r-project.org) and RStudio (rstudio.com) on your machine, and read the following introductory texts:
    Brezina, V. (2018). Statistics in Corpus Linguistics. A Practical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-14.
    Gries, S. T. (2013). Statistics for Linguistics with R. A Practical Introduction. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 1-7

Felix Bildhauer, ‘Introduction to Corpus Linguistics’ (IDS Mannheim)

  • Planning of a corpus study (including choice of an appropriate corpus); Designing and executing corpus
    queries; Processing query results (cleaning, quality control, formatting); Adding custom annotation (again, with quality control); Statistical analysis (primarily some DOs and DON’Ts regarding the use of inferential statistics with this particular kind of data). As each of these topics will be accompanied by practical exercises, participants should, ideally, bring their own laptop. Please make sure you have installed a decent text editor, such as Notepad++ (Windows) or Vim (Linux, Mac), as well as LibreOffice (for spreadsheet handling).

Atsuko Utsumi, ‘Descriptive Linguistics and Sociolinguistic Research in Fieldwork’ (Meisei University Tokyo)

  • Choosing a language & finding consultants; Describing an under-described language; Collecting and analyzing
    naturalistic and elicitation data; Understanding sociolinguistic situations of consultants and the target language; Code-Switching and Language Shift; Creating and Analyzing Questionnaires.

Arndt Riester, ‘Annotation and Corpus Work’ (University of Cologne)

  • Structure of natural texts and sentences; Annotating referential and information-structural categories with WebAnno (or some offtheshelf annotation tool); Nominalphrases and coding of coreferentiality; Determining the information structure of sentences via QUDs.

Contact (Organizers): fleischhauer@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de; latrouite@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de



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