2015 Linguistic Summer Institute

Linguistic theory in a world of big data


July 6-31, 2015
University of Chicago



Karlos Arregi
University of Chicago
Alan Yu
University of Chicago
Andries Coetzee
Associate Director
University of Michigan
Robin Queen
Associate Director
University of Michigan

Institute Professors

Collitz Professor
UC Berkeley
Fillmore Professor
Stanford University
Hale Professor
UT Austin
Sapir Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Forum Lecturers

UC Berkeley
Harvard University

Sponsored Professors

ADS Professor
University of Wisconsin
NAACL Professor
King’s College London
DSNA Professor
University of New Brunswick
DSNA Professor
University of Southern California

The Institute

Session Schedule

The Institute is made up of two sessions of two weeks each, as follows:

  • Session 1: July 6-17
  • Session 2: July 20-31


Linguistic Theory in a World of Big Data

This theme serves to highlight a growing interest within the field of linguistics to test theory with increasingly larger data sets, such as data from extensive linguistic fieldwork and documentation, data from crowd-sourcing over the web, and corpus data from archival recordings and/or written sources.

It captures several areas of emerging disciplinary interests such as the breakdown of a longstanding fundamental distinction between the categorical, discrete nature of linguistic competence and usage-based gradient variation.

With increased scholarly attention being directed toward the gradient characteristics of both linguistic knowledge and use and toward the probabilistic properties that language knowledge and use may exhibit, some of the necessary groundwork is in place for moving towards a unifying theoretical approach.

News and Updates

  • Institute Directors' Office Hours at Annual Meeting

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Come talk to Institute Directors Alan Yu and Karlos Arregi at the LSA Annual Meeting in Portland! Dr. Yu and Dr. Arregi will be available from 9-10:30 AM on Saturday, January 10 in Skyline 4. Feel free to stop by to ask any questions you might have about the upcoming Institute.

  • Fellowship Applications Now Available!

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    The Linguistic Society of America has announced that the fellowship application for the Summer Institute is now available. Please see here for details. To access the application, join the LSA and log in, then look for the button below your name. Fellowship applications are due by January 15, 2015. Good luck!