3rd Workshop on "Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics" (QITL-3)

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Invited talks and their abstracts

  • Michael Cysouw: Comparing the incomparable – Quantitative approaches for language comparison

  • Gary Marcus: Language as kluge

  • Richard Sproat: Experiments in morphological evolution

  • Final timetable – with links to abstracts and slides

    Sunday, 1 June 2008

    18.00-21.00 Pre-workshop warm-up get-together in Juttutupa restaurant (Säästöpankinranta 6 in Siltasaari/Hakaniemi, see MAP from city center, ask for QITL in the "Tupa" room), with possibility for smaller or bigger dinner and/or a pint or two.

    Monday, 2 June 2008

    Prof. Fred Karlsson
    Department of General Linguistics
    University of Helsinki
    Introduction (SLIDES):
    Antti Arppe
    QITL3 Organizing Committee
    Linguistic Association of Finland
    10.30-11.30Invited Talk I:
    Richard Sproat
    University of Illinois at Urbana/ChampaignExperiments in morphological evolution (SLIDES)
    13.00-13.40Felici, Annarita & Paul PalUniversity of LondonA probabilistic approach to language structure (SLIDES)
    13.40-14.20Blevins, James P.; Farrell Ackerman; and Robert MaloufUniversity of Cambridge, UCSDAn entropy-based measure of morphological information
    14.50-15.30Kuperman, Viktor; Mirjam Ernestus; and R. Harald BaayenRadboud University Nijmegen, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, University of AlbertaFrequency distributions of uniphones, diphones and triphones in spontaneous speech (SLIDES)
    15.30-16.10Vandekerckhove, Bram; Emmanuel Keuleers; and Dominiek SandraUniversity of AntwerpThe role of phonological distance and relative support in the productivity of the Dutch simple past tense (SLIDES)
    16.40-17.20Schnoebelen, TylerStanford UniversityMeasuring compositionality in phrasal verbs (SLIDES)
    17.20-17.40Poster introductions
    17.40-19.00Poster session
    19–Casual/Informal Evening Program

    Tuesday, 3 June 2008

    9.05-9.45Omaki, Akira; Anastasia Marie Conroy; and Jeffrey LidzUniversity of MarylandAn experimental investigation of referential/nonreferential asymmetries in syntactic reconstruction (SLIDES)
    9.45-10.25Duffield, Nigel; Ayumi Matsuo; and Leah RobertsUniversity of Sheffield, Max Planck Institute for PsycholinguisticsSeeing what's missing: What (eye-tracking) data from native speakers and second language learners can tell us about the theoretical distinction between VP-ellipsis and VP-anaphora
    10.50-11.30Theijssen, Daphne; Nelleke Oostdijk; Hans van Halteren; and Lou BovesRadboud University NijmegenModeling the English dative constuction in varied written and spoken text (SLIDES)
    11.30-12.30Invited Talk II:
    Gary Marcus
    New York UniversityLanguage as kluge
    14.00-14.40Zeldes, Amir; Anke Lüdeling; and Hagen HirschmannHumboldt-University in BerlinWhat's hard? Quantitative evidence for difficult constructions in German learner data (SLIDES)
    14.40-15.20Keuleers, EmmanuelUniversity of AntwerpPredicting exceptions is harmful (SLIDES)
    15.50-16.30Divjak, DagmarUniversity of SheffieldModeling aspectual choice in Polish modal constructions. A corpus-based quest for the holy grail? (SLIDES)
    16.30-17.10Speelman, Dirk & Dirk GeeraertsUniversity of LeuvenPutting the (in)direct causation hypothesis to the test: a quantitative study of Dutch doen 'make' and laten 'let'
    18.15–Ferry from Kauppatori (Market Square, with JT-line) to the Suomenlinna sea fortress isles, with a small walking tour at this UNESCO World Heritage site
    See here JT-Line's Pier of Departure.
    N.B. do not confuse JT-Line's ferries with the public ferry (M/S Suomenlinna) at the South-East corner of the Market Square)
    19.30–Workshop Buffet Dinner at Café Chapman on the Suomenlinna Isles

    Wednesday, 4 June 2008

    9.05-10.05Invited Talk III:
    Michael Cysouw
    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, LeipzigComparing the incomparable – Quantitative approaches for language comparison (SLIDES)
    10.30-11.10Hammarström, HaraldChalmers University of TechnologyBasic Word order frequencies and transition probabilities in the languages of the world (SLIDES)
    11.10-11.50Holman, Eric W.; Søren Wichmann; Cecil H. Brown; Viveka Velupillai; André Müller; and Dik BakkerASJP Consortium, University of Antwerp/Lancaster, UCLA, Northern Illinois University, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Leipzig UniversityAdvances in automated language classification (SLIDES)
    13.30-14.10Kaiser, Elsi and Jeffrey RunnerUniversity of Southern California, University of RochesterPronouns, reflexives and something in-between: A cross-linguistic investigation of reference resolution in Finnish, German and Dutch
    14.10-14.50Glynn, DylanUniversity of LeuvenClusters and Correspondences. A comparison of two exploratory statistical techniques for semantic description (SLIDES)
    14.50-15.15Closing remarks

    Poster session
    Monday, 17.40-19.00

    Enghels, RenataUniversity of GhentHow word order frequencies reveal cognitive schemes: a Romance case study
    Grondelaers, Stefan; Dirk Speelman and Roeland van HoutRadboud University Nijmegen, University of LeuvenConstructional near-synonymy, individual variation, grammaticality judgments – Can careful design and participant ignorance overcome the ill reputation of questionnaires?
    Jakić, Milena; Aleksandar Kostić; and Duŝica Filipović ĐurđevićUniversity of Belgrade, University of Novi SadThe influence of the word connection type of the facilitation effect in the lexical decision task
    Kaiser, ElsiUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLooking past the pronoun
    Martínez, LilianaNorwegian University for Science and TechnologySome thoughts on the semantics of non-straight paths
    Sellgren, ElinaUniversity of TampereExploring competing patterns of verb complementation: Prevent in the British National Corpus

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