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


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

  • Applications for Field Methods still open

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    We are still accepting applications to register for Field Methods (taught by Lenore Grenoble and Hale Professor Anthony Woodbury). If you would like to be considered for this class, please fill out the following survey to apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/86V3C7D. The new deadline for application is July 3. If your application is successful, you will be contacted to discuss how to adjust your schedule to accommodate field methods.