Panel Discussion on Computing and the Humanities

John Nerbonne, Paul Heggarty, Roeland Van Hout and David Robey

in Computing and Language Variation

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748640300
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671380 | DOI:
Panel Discussion on Computing and the Humanities

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This chapter presents a report of a panel discussion held in connection with the special session on computational methods in dialectology at Methods XIII: Methods in Dialectology on August 5, 2008 at the University of Leeds. This panel discussion was scheduled in order to reflect on what the introduction of computational methods has meant to our subfield of linguistics, dialectology (in alternative divisions of linguistic subfields also known as variationist linguistics), and whether the dialectologists' experience is typical of such introductions in other humanities studies. Each panellist presented some ideas before the discussion started, such as basic methodological issues in applying computational techniques to language data, the choice of computational methods, and what scholars using computational techniques in the various humanities disciplines may learn from each other.

Keywords: computational techniques; dialectology; variationist linguistics; humanities; language

Chapter.  9089 words. 

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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