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

  • Learn a language at Chicago before or after an Institute session!

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    The Summer Language Institute at the University of Chicago has sessions that coordinate with the Institute. If you are coming to the Institute for only one session, you can also enroll in a language course. If you take a language in the SLI's first session, you can attend the second session of the Institute. If you attend the first session of the Institute, you can also take a language class in the SLI's second session. Please see the SLI website for details on languages offered, course dates and tuition.