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:
- Four-week classes: July 6-31
- Session 1 (2-week classes): July 6-17
- Session 2 (2-week classes): 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
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The deadline for registration and payment is June 1, 2015. We strongly encourage interested participants to complete their registration and payment sooner rather than later as some of the more popular classes are being filled quickly and will be closed when the enrollment limit is reached.
During the past half century, enormous strides have been made by linguists, philosophers and cognitive psychologists in coming to an understanding of the human language faculty. Some of this progress has direct implications for the legal system. This course is designed to study some of the most interesting of these interactions. In particular, we will ask how this learning should cause us to question some of the tacit assumptions about language that are embedded in the law, and how knowledge about the human language faculty can bear directly on the resolution of disputes within the legal