Workshop “Linked Data in Linguistics”, March 7 – 9, 2012, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

The explosion of information technology has led to a substantial growth in quantity, diversity and complexity of web-accessible linguistic data. These resources become even more useful when linked. This workshop will present principles, use cases, and best practices for using the linked data paradigm to represent, exploit, store, and connect different types of linguistic data collections.

Recent relevant developments include: (1) Language archives for language documentation, with audio, video, and text transcripts from hundreds of (endangered) languages (e.g. Dobes). (2) Typological databases with typological and geographical data about languages from all parts of the globe (e.g. WALS). (3) Development, distribution and application of lexical-semantic resources (LSRs) in NLP (e.g. WordNet). (4) Multi-layer annotations (e.g. in the MASC corpus) and semantic annotation of corpora (e.g. PropBank) by corpus linguists and computational linguists, often accompanied by the interlinking of corpora with LSRs (e.g. OntoNotes).

The general trend of providing data online is accompanied by newly developing possibilities to link linguistic data and metadata. This may include general data sources (e.g., but also repositories with specific linguistic information about languages (, LL-MAP, ISO 639-3), as well as about linguistic categories and phenomena (GOLD, ISOcat).

It is the challenge of our time to store, interlink and exploit this wealth of data, e.g. by modeling different language resources as Linked Data. Our workshop leverages the Digital Humanities paradigm within linguistics, focusing on the use of information technology to improve data-driven linguistic research.

This workshop invites researchers from the fields of language documentation, typology, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, as well as researchers from other empirically-oriented disciplines of linguistics who share an interest in data and metadata modelling with Semantic Web technologies such as RDF or OWL.

Important Dates

August 14, 2011 (August 7, 2011): Deadline for extended abstracts (four pages plus references)
September 16, 2011 (September 9, 2011): Notification of acceptance
October 23, 2011: One-page abstract for DGfS conference proceedings
December 1, 2011: Camera-ready papers for workshop proceedings (eight pages plus references)
March 7-9, 2012: Workshop

Invited Speakers and Programme Committee

Invited Speakers
Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Nancy Ide (American National Corpus, Vassar College)

Workshop Organisers
Sebastian Nordhoff (MPI-EVA Leipzig)
Christian Chiarcos (Universität Potsdam)
Sebastian Hellmann (AKSW, Universität Leipzig)

Programme Committee
Anthony Aristar (Eastern Michigan University)
Emily Bender (University of Washington)
Philipp Cimiano (CITEC, Universität Bielefeld)
Alexis Dimitriadis (Universiteit Utrecht)
Caroline Féry (Universität Frankfurt)
Jeff Good (University at Buffalo)
Harald Hammarström (MPI-EVA Leipzig)
Kees Hengeveld (Universiteit Amsterdam)
Ernesto William de Luca (DAI-Lab, Technische Universität Berlin)
Harald Lüngen (IDS Mannheim)
Lutz Maicher (Fraunhofer MOEZ)
John McCrae (CITEC, Universität Bielefeld)
Gerard de Melo (MPI for Informatics, Saarbrücken)
Pablo Mendes (FU Berlin)
Steven Moran (University of Washington)
Axel-C. Ngonga Ngomo (Universität Leipzig)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Cornelius Puschmann (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
Felix Sasaki (DFKI Berlin, FH Potsdam)
Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Bielefeld)
Dennis Spohr (CITEC, Universität Bielefeld)
Johanna Völker (Universität Mannheim)
Menzo Windhouwer (MPI Nijmegen / Universiteit Amsterdam)
Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (University of Zurich)

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