|Date:||March 5–7, 2014|
|Hosting event:||36th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society 2014|
|Location:||Marburg University (Marburg/Lahn, Germany)|
|Organizers||Felix Bildhauer (COW/German Grammar, FU Berlin/SFB632)|
|Roland Schäfer (COW/German Grammar, FU Berlin)|
|First call for papers:||Monday, June 17, 2013|
|EXTENDED Deadline for submission:||Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 23:59 GMT|
|via EasyChair: WEBTL-2014, cf. Submission Details|
|Notification of acceptance:||Monday, September 02, 2013|
The huge amounts of linguistic data on the web offer exciting new possibilities in empirically based theoretical linguistics. Web-derived linguistic resources can contain greater amounts of variation as well as non-standard grammar and writing compared to traditionally compiled corpora. Also, whole new registers and genres have been described to emerge on the web. Like spoken language – although clearly distinct from it – the language found on the web can thus challenge linguistic theories which are based mainly on standard written language as well as the categories assumed within these theories. At the same time, such non-standard features make the data harder to process for computational linguists, and additional care is required in making the decision of labeling material as "noise", because it might be considered valuable data by some linguists.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers working in Theoretical Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics with those who create resources from web data. The primary question of the workshop is: Which new linguistic insights can we derive from web data? Secondarily, we ask how web data is (and how it should be) processed to produce easily accessible high-quality resources and thus facilitate this kind of innovative linguistic research.
Possible subjects for talks include (but are by no means restricted to):
We invite submissions for 30 minute talks (20 minutes plus 10 minutes of discussion) about completed or ongoing original research in which web data is used or which is about the creation and/or evaluation of web data resources. The scope of the workshop is neither restricted to resources of a specific size or nature nor to any specific language(s). Submitted abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. We hope to offer authors of accepted talks the opportunity to publish an extended version of their talk in a special issue of a peer-reviewed corpus linguistics journal.