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Subject: [ E-CFP ] DGfS 2013 Workshop on the Visualization of Linguistic Patterns
From: <annette.hautli_(on)_uni-konstanz.de>
Date received: 03 Jul 2012
Deadline: 26 Aug 2012
Start date: 13 Mar 2013

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DGfS 2013 Workshop on the Visualization of Linguistic Patterns

*** Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics
Society (DGfS) ***



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


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)
- visualization of linguistic features with a temporal dimension
  (e.g. language change)


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


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; therefore, 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:


Annette Hautli, University of Konstanz, Germany Thomas Mayer, LMU
Munich, Germany

Contact email: dgfs2013visworkshop_(at)_gmail.com

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