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the last years, the study of linguistic variation has widened its
empirical scope, both quantitatively and qualitatively. This is in
part due to the fact that the evolution of Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) and the appearance of the emergent social networks,
which present themselves as potential tools to detect and analyze
evidence. These developments allow us to manage a large amount of data
and offer a fine-grained analysis of the frequency and nature of
current linguistic variation, making it necessary to reconsider the
relation between such methods and the existing theories to approach
In this context, this workshop focuses on the consequences of applying geographic information systems and social networks to the study of linguistic variation. The particular topics to be addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited to, questions like the following:
− How can GIS help us improve our understanding of linguistic variation?
− How do GIS contribute to the use of traditional methods in dialectology (questionnaires, interviews, polls, etc.)?
− What is the impact of social networks in the study of phenomena such as language contact or code switching?
− What is the best way to collect and classify the data obtained through social networks?
− How does the emergence of big-data driven approaches interact with theoretical approaches to linguistic variation?
− What is the relation between our methodological choices and the varying hypotheses of linguistic theory?
The workshop is framed within the ''Mapping Internet's Linguistic Variation (PROVAIN)'' project, funded by the Fundación BBVA.
09:30 Opening remarks
10:15 Jack Grieve (University of Birmingham): “The Future of Dialectology”
11:30 Roberta D’Alessandro (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics) [via SKYPE]: “Interactive maps for linguistic data Crowdsourcing. Pros and cons.”
12:30 David Sánchez (UIB-CSIC): “Language variation in Twitter: Machine learning and dialectometry approaches”
15.45 Carlota de Benito (University of Zurich) & Ana Estrada (University of Freiburg): “Syntactic variation in Twitter: deísmo and expletive pronouns in Spanish”
16:30 Ricardo Etxepare (IKER – CNRS): TBA
17:30 Concluding remarks
Cristina Sánchez López (UCM)
David Sánchez (UIB - CSIC)
Edita Gutiérrez (UCLM)
Francesc Roca (UdG)
Ignacio Bosque (UCM - RAE)
Jordi Fortuny (UB)
Josep M. Brucart (UAB)
Ortega Santos (U.Memphis)
Paco Ordóñez (Stony Brook University)
Ricardo Etxepare (IKE - CNRS)