2015 Linguistic Summer Institute
Linguistic theory in a world of big data
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.
This course explores research on the significance of language variation in shaping thought. The first unit of the course provides introduces historical and conceptual perspectives on the relation of language and reality that continue to shape our understanding of language variation and surveys early work in anthropology (Boas, Sapir, Whorf) and psychology (Brown, Lenneberg, Carroll) linking language variation to thought.
News and Updates
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.
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!