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DGfS 2013 Workshop on the Visualization of Linguistic Patterns

Date: March 13th, 2013
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Contact persons: Annette Hautli and Thomas Mayer
Meeting email:

Linguistic field(s): Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Visual Analytics

Call deadline: August 26th, 2012

Meeting description: Workshop at the 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS 2013)

Invited speaker: Chris Culy, University of Tübingen

The workshop program can be found here.

Workshop organizers: Annette Hautli (Konstanz) and Thomas Mayer (Marburg)

Workshop description:
With the availability of large amounts of electronic corpora, the computational analysis of natural language allows for the search of linguistic patterns in a broad range of data. Yet the enormous amounts of data make the detection of interesting patterns and possible interactions a laborious and time-consuming task. The need to analyze the interplay of a multitude of factors calls for an additional component that renders potential patterns more easily accessible to the human perception.

Although linguists have successfully employed visual representations in some areas (e.g. spectrograms in phonetic research, tree diagrams for syntactic and genealogical configurations and the widespread use of box plots and other graphical descriptive techniques), there is enormous potential for more sophisticated visualization techniques that enable the researcher to investigate the information interactively. At the same time, a well-designed visualization allows for a more detailed view of individual aspects of potentially interesting patterns. The mapping of relevant features to visual variables (rather than having them represented by a host of numbers) thereby enhances the detection of patterns by providing an at-a-glance overview over large amounts of data.

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together linguists and visual analysts to provide an opportunity for fruitful discussions on how language research that employs data-rich methods can benefit from visualization techniques. The interest lies both in the application of innovative visualization techniques to long-standing problems in linguistics as well as in new areas or phenomena where visual analyses have proven useful to either generate or confirm hypotheses on the basis of the data.

Call for Papers:
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • the (multifactorial) visual analysis of linguistic features
  • the exploration of linguistic features in terms of integrating geo-spatial locations with hierarchical (e.g. genealogical) information
  • visualization of linguistic features with a temporal dimension (e.g. language change)

For exemplary visualizations related to linguistic issues, see here.

Submission details:
We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 30 min talks including discussion. Submissions should not exceed one page, 11pt. single spaced (abstract + references), with an optional additional page for images. The reviewing process will be double-blind; please ensure that the paper does not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".
Please submit your abstracts to the following page:

Important dates:
Submission deadline: August 26th, 2012
Notification of acceptance: September 3rd, 2012
Workshop: March 13th, 2013

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