2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021

Call for Papers
2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021 (LChange’21)
Co-located with ACL 2021 to be held in Bangkok, on August 5-6, 2021

Human language changes over time, driven by the dual needs for adapting to sociocultural and technological development and facilitating efficient communication. As a result, for example, some words may acquire novel meanings or lose existing meanings; novel words may be coined or borrowed from other languages, while obsolete words slide into obscurity. This workshop builds on its first edition that featured over 50 submissions and 65 attendees. The goals are to 1) present cutting-edge research on computational approaches to historical language change with the primary focus on digital text corpora, and 2) build and strengthen the community of interdisciplinary scholars on historical language change.

Important Dates
* April 26, 2021: Paper submission
* May 28, 2021: Notification of acceptance
* June 7, 2021: Camera-ready papers due
* August 5-6, 2021: Workshop dateKeynote Talks

There will be two keynote talks providing us with different perspectives, both methods, application and evaluation. These will be announced in the next few months.

We accept three types of submissions, long papers, short papers and abstracts, all following the ACL2021 style, and the ACL submission policy. Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited references, short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content; final versions will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account. Abstracts may consist of up to two (2) pages of content, plus unlimited references but will not be given any additional page upon acceptance. Submissions should be sent in electronic forms, using the Softconf START conference management system. The submission site will be announced on the workshop page once available.

We invite original research papers from a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
* Novel methods for detecting diachronic semantic change and lexical replacement
* Automatic discovery and quantitative evaluation of laws of language change
* Computational theories and generative models of language change
* Sense-aware (semantic) change analysis
* Diachronic word sense disambiguation
* Novel methods for diachronic analysis of low-resource languages
* Novel methods for diachronic linguistic data visualization
* Novel applications and implications of language change detection
* Quantification of sociocultural influences on language change
* Cross-linguistic, phylogenetic, and developmental approaches to language change
* Novel datasets for cross-linguistic and diachronic analyses of language

Submissions are open to all, and are to be submitted anonymously. All papers will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process by at least three reviewers with final acceptance decisions made by the workshop organizers.

The workshop is scheduled to last for one day either August 5th or 6th. Contact us at PC-ACLws2021@languagechange.org if you have any questions.

Workshop organizers
Nina Tahmasebi, University of Gothenburg
Adam Jatowt, University of Innsbruck
Yang Xu, University of Toronto
Simon Hengchen, University of Gothenburg
Syrielle Montariol, University Paris-Saclay

Ada Rapoport-Albert Seminar Series on Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish

Ada Rapoport-Albert Seminar Series on Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish
Date: 04-Aug-2020 – 03-Aug-2021
Location: Online (Zoom), United Kingdom
Contact: Zoe Belk
Contact Email: hasidic.yiddish@ucl.ac.uk

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Yiddish, Eastern (ydd)
Meeting Description:

Inaugural event: Perspectives on Hasidic Yiddish language
The Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish research group at University College London and the UCL Institute of Jewish Studies are delighted to announce the launch of an online seminar series on Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish language. The seminar series is dedicated to the memory of UCL Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert, a world-leading scholar of the history of the Hasidic movement. The series is devoted to the exploration of all facets of contemporary and historical Hasidic Yiddish worldwide.The inaugural event in the series is a round table entitled Perspectives on Hasidic Yiddish. The event will feature discussion of a wide variety of topics related to Hasidic Yiddish, including linguistics, Yiddish studies, Yiddish pedagogy and Hasidic Yiddish-speaking communities by the following speakers:

– Khayele (Helen) Beer, UCL
– Meyer Labin, Yiddish writer and journalist
– Tali Loewenthal, UCL
– Heather Munro, Durham University
– Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto

Program Information: The event is open to all and will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, August 4 at 18:00 BST. If you would like to attend, please register by email to hasidic.yiddish@ucl.ac.uk. The Zoom link and password will be sent to participants shortly be before the event.Subsequent events in the seminar series will include public lectures and further round tables, providing an ongoing forum for fruitful discussion on all aspects of Hasidic Yiddish. Full details of dates and speakers will be announced shortly. The series comprises an element of our ongoing AHRC-funded research project on contemporary Hasidic Yiddish based in the UCL Departments of Linguistics and Hebrew & Jewish Studies.

Keynote speakers:
– Dalit Assouline, University of Haifa
– Shmuel Hiley, Yiddish author and scholar (TBC)
– Steffen Krogh, Aarhus University – Is Haredi Satmar Yiddish a Creole?
– Chaya Nove, Graduate Center, CUNY – Language Variation and Hasidic Orientation in New Yor

PhD – University of Birmingham

Department: Modern Languages
Web Address: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/Sir-Henry-Thomas-Scholarship-for-postgraduate-study-in-Hispanic-Studies.aspx
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories; Syntax
Required Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear (cat), Galician (glg), Ladino (lad), Portuguese (por), Spanish (spa)


Fully-funded PhD opportunity in Hispanic/Lusophone Studies at the University of Birmingham (2020 start)

3-year scholarship (covers UK/EU fees plus living stipend) for any area in Hispanic/Lusophone studies at the University of Birmingham, for start between Sept 2020/Jan 2021.

International students also eligible to apply.Completed application (study application form, scholarship form, and two references) must be submitted by Friday 26 June 2020 at 4pm (UK time).

Eligible applicants interested in Linguistics, please email a.corrbham.ac.uk.

General enquiries should be sent to f.loughbham.ac.uk.

Graduate study in Linguistics at the University of Birmingham (UK)’s Department of Modern Languages enables you to focus on work in one or more languages, and can be undertaken full-time, part-time or remotely. In addition to funding from external sources and the UK government’s doctoral loan scheme, the University offers a range of total and partial graduate scholarships.

Graduate study in Linguistics is a growing area of specialisation in the Department of Modern Languages and supervision is available in the following areas:
– Theoretical, descriptive, comparative and/or general linguistics, especially (morpho-)syntax;
– Linguistic diversity and variation;
– Hispanic and Romance languages and dialectology;
– Understudied/endangered languages;
– Historical and synchronic linguistics;
– Spanish; Portuguese; Galician; Catalan; Astur-Leonese; Mozarabic/Andalusi Romance; Mirandese; Navarro-Aragonese; French; Occitan; Italian; Romanian; Latin; Italian dialects)
– The Romance family and its branches (Ibero-Romance, Gallo-Romance, Italo-Romance, Daco-Romance);
– Language and linguistics in education.

Department of Modern Languages:
The Department of Modern Languages celebrated excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). 75% of research at the University of Birmingham for Modern Languages and Linguistics was top 4* rated ‘world-leading’ or rated 3* ‘internationally excellent’.

In 2015/16, over 95% of Modern Languages postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our language graduates train to become professional linguists such as translators and interpreters, others enter employment where their language skills may be advantageous but not central to their role, and some go on to teaching or lecturing positions. Recent graduate employers include: Berlitz Language Centre; TransPerfect Global Business Solutions; KPMG; University of Birmingham; University of Cambridge; and University of Oxford.

The postgraduate experience:
The College of Arts and Law Graduate School offers excellent support to its postgraduate students, from libraries and research spaces, to extra-curricular activities and funding opportunities. The College provides a range of careers support throughout your degree and beyond, including tailored employability workshops and the opportunity to learn additional languages, without any extra cost, as you do a PhD with us.

Our beautiful 250 acre green and leafy campus has its own train station that connects directly with central Birmingham. The city of Birmingham today is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations, with excellent local, national and international transport connections including its international airport. Our students fall in love with the city – around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.

Academic entry requirements:
Applicants for a PhD will need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), in addition to a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.

Applications Deadline: 26-Jun-2020

Web Address for Applications: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/Sir-Henry-Thomas-Scholarship-for-postgraduate-study-in-Hispanic-Studies.aspx

Contact Information:
Dr Alice Corr