Department of General Linguistics Research & Events

Summer School

Documentary Linguistics and Variationist Sociolinguistics

University of Bamberg

30th June – 11th July 2014

Geoffrey Haig University of Bamberg
Miriam Meyerhoff Victoria University, Wellington
Stefan Schnell CRLD, La Trobe University, Melbourne / University of Bamberg
Ole Schützler University of Bamberg
Background and Aims

Documentary linguistics is faced with a steadily increasing flow of language data on a rich cross-section of typologically varied and generally under-described languages. And increasingly, language documenters need to find methodologies and techniques for dealing with the language-internal variation inevitably present in their data. The more traditional concept of language documentation, basically a 'grammar+dictionary+text corpus' format, obviously needs to be refined and extended, and documentary linguists are currently exploring methodologies for annotating and mining larger corpora. However, documentary linguists do not always have the necessary background to enable them to best make sense out of variant data. This summer school intends to bring specialists from documentary linguistics together with variationist sociolinguists with the intention of opening up avenues for a fruitful exchange.

Set in the beautiful medieval city of Bamberg in Bavaria, the summer school will offer a series of seminars and workshops, where participants receive state of the art tuition and also have an opportunity to work on their own topics under supervision of experienced lecturers. Alongside more general lectures and seminars, students will choose one of three regional workshops offering in-depth coverage of specific regions and linguistic phenomena: morpho-syntactic variation in Oceanic languages; language contact across the languages of East Anatolia and neighbouring regions; and phonological and phonetic variation in World Englishes. The course is primarily geared towards the needs of graduates who are working on a masters or doctorate, particularly in documentary linguistics, but also to sociolinguists intending to work in a documentary or field-work setting. Participants are encouraged to present their work at the end of the course, and courses are creditable on the ECTS-system.

The number of available places is limited. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis. The attendance fee is 250 €, covering all refreshments, course materials, etc., but not accommodations.