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Catching Language Data Summer School, 21-25 June 2021, Bologna

Publish Date: Mar 10, 2021

Deadline: Apr 10, 2021


The Catching Language Data Summer School will take place on 21-25 June 2021 in Bologna (and online). The School is organized by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LILEC) of the University of Bologna and by its newly founded Experimental Lab, funded by the “Department of Excellence” program (2018-2022) granted by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research.

The Catching Language Data school intends to establish an interactive forum for Ph.D. students who are looking to advance their skills and knowledge within the field of linguistics. More specifically, the school aims at fostering a theoretical and practical reflection of the diversity of language data (both inter-and cross-linguistically) and how to collect and manage them for subsequent research, with special emphasis on methods and tools to be employed for specific purposes. In particular, the School focuses on the following questions:

a) How to select, collect and manage linguistic data?
b) What are the available methods and tools?
c) How do we use them in practice?

The Summer School consists of 4 plenaries and 6 half-day workshops by world-renowned scholars covering most aspects of the linguistic data collection process, focusing on both spoken and written resources. Each workshop will consist of a theoretical part and a practical tutorial.

Call for participation

We invite applications for the "Catching Language Data" Summer School which will take place on 21-25 June 2021 in Bologna (and online). The School consists of 4 plenaries and 6 half-day workshops by world-renowned scholars covering most aspects of the linguistic data collection process. Each workshop will consist of a theoretical part and a practical tutorial. The participation to the School is free of charge, but limited to 30 people.


Although we will try to hold (at least part of) the Summer School in situ, online participation is guaranteed. Depending on the evolution of the pandemic, we might be forced to move the whole School online.

Eligibility criteria

Being enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

How to apply

Applicants should fill out the application form that can be found at the following url:

They will be asked to provide information about their PhD project, previous attendance to other schools or tutorials on methodological aspects, and their knowledge of endangered or understudied languages. In addition, they are asked to submit a short motivation letter in English (max 2000 characters including spaces). The applications will be assessed by the Scientific Board of the Summer School: the best 30 applications will be admitted.


Applications must be submitted by April 10, 2021 at 5 pm CET.


Monday, June 21

14.00-16.00* – Plenary 1

DANIEL EVERETT – Dialogue and the selection of data for a grammar

 *16.00-18.00 if held online

16.00-18.00* – Plenary 2

ALICE GABY – Language: window, mould or clay?

*09.00-11.00 if held online

Tuesday, June 22

09.00-13.00 – Workshop 1

FRANK SEIFART – Spoken data collection and language documentation

14.00-18.00 – Workshop 2

GEOFFREY HAIG – Doing corpus-based syntactic typology with spoken language corpora

Wednesday, June 23

09.00-13.00 – Workshop 3

CARLOTA DE BENITO MORENO – Catching online language

14.00-18.00 – Workshop 4

ELENA PIERAZZO – Standardisation, internationalization and innovation in the Humanities: the Text Encoding Initiative

Thursday, June 24

09.00-13.00 – Workshop 5

MONICA GONZALEZ-MARQUEZ – Language elicitation techniques for experimental research

14.00-18.00 – Workshop 6

STEFAN DOLLINGER – Eliciting data via written questionnaires and surveys in sociolinguistics and dialectology

Friday, June 25

08.00-10.00 – Plenary 3

SUSAN C. HERRING – Digital data and digital methods for research in linguistics

11.00-13.00 – Plenary 4

MALVINA NISSIM – Ethical Issues in Natural Language Processing

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