Corpora: Call: Romance corpus linguistics

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    Corpora and Historical Linguistics: Investigating Language Change
    through Corpora and Databases

    organized by the Department of Romance Languages of Albert-Ludwig

    Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), September 11th-13th, 2003


    The description and explanation of diachronic language change requires
    the examination, analysis and comparison of texts and linguistic
    evidence that come from very different periods, genres, registers and
    traditions of speaking. The 2nd Freiburg Workshop on Romance Corpus
    Linguistics will be dedicated to the question how the methods and
    techniques of modern corpus linguistics can be put to use in order to
    investigate language change and which innovative insights may result
    from the application of corpus linguistic methods in the field of
    historical linguistics.

    Language change shall be considered, in this context, on different
    levels: as long-term change that modifies profoundly the language(s)
    involved, even altering its (their) typologic structure, which requires
    for an adequate corpus-linguistic treatment databases with an important
    diachronic deepness and which include evidence that comes inevitably
    from written sources only; and as middle- and short-term change, that
    emerges already from the comparison of very few text or speaker
    generations and for which the constitution of corpora with reduced
    diachronic depth, maybe including both written and spoken language data,
    is sufficient.

    In line with the principles of the 1st Workshop (2000), the 2nd Freiburg
    Workshop on Romance Corpus Linguistics will comprise the following two

    * Panel A "Corpus projects, language data management and tools for
    analysis": This panel will be open for the presentation of currently
    on-going or completed corpus and database projects; the main focus will
    be on projects with a historical perspective on long-, medium- or
    short-term language change.

    * Panel B "Corpus-based diachronic studies on Romance languagues": For
    this panel, contributions on diachronically oriented research on
    specific questions and phenomena, empirically based on corpora and
    databases, are invited.

    Furthermore, a half-day para-workshop will be organized within the
    conference, where the machine-readable treatment and mark-up of
    historical texts and diachronic language data will be exemplified,
    illustrated and discussed.

    Paper submissions: Please submit paper proposals by sending an abstract
    (approx. 250 words) including your name, academic affiliation, mail and
    e-mail address. Abstracts in electronic form (ASCII, MS-WORD or PDF
    files), sent as e-mail attachments to <>, are
    strongly encouraged. The deadline for submission of papers is March
    15th, 2003. Papers may be read in German, any Romance language, and
    English. Confirmation of acceptance of your paper will be sent out
    before March 30th, 2003. If there are more proposals than panel slots, a
    part of the contributions will be presented during a poster session.

    For more information on the conference, on fees, social program, travel
    and accomodation, etc., please have a look at the conference web page at
    <>, or contact the workshop's convenor:

    Claus D. Pusch
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Romanisches Seminar
    Werthmannplatz 3, D-79085 Freiburg im Breisgau
    Fax +49 / 7 61 / 2 03 31 95
    E-mail <>.

    Dr. Claus Dieter Pusch
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg im Breisgau
    Romanisches Seminar - Lehrstuhl Prof. Raible
    (office) Werthmannplatz 3 - D-79085 Freiburg im Breisgau
    (home) Ibentalstrasse 15a - D-79256 Buchenbach
    Fon (office) +49/761/203-3172  (home) +49/7661/6310
    Fax (office) +49/761/203-3195  (home) +49/7661/6310

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