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Dinner Speech: John Nerbonne, External Senior Fellow, Humanities Computing: "A peek in the linguistic kitchen"

When Nov 06, 2013
from 06:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, ground floor, large room
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Contact Phone 0761 203 97362
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The research line to be presented concerns language variation and especially geographical variation, dialects.  But instead of just presenting the results, the finished meal, I'll try to say a bit about the methods used in preparing the results, some of which are used in biology as well. The study of dialects is intuitively appelaing, but has been plagued by a focus on analysis of finely differing data which, moreover, is noisy in its geographical distribution. The solutions to these problems have involved introducing a measure to get a handle on finely differing data above a categorical level of analysis, and examining large aggregates (to eliminate noise).

The project this year involves exploiting frequency, and I'll sketch one first result of this project, and of course, the kitchen work that made it possible.