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Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics 2


Osnabrück castle


QITL-2 will be held on Thursday, 1 June 2006 and Friday, 2 June 2006 at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, hosted by the Institute of Cognitive Science.

Abstracts and slides from the first QITL conference are still available on the QITL-1 hompage.

NEW: Abstracts and slides of talks given at the conference are available for download now.



Call for papers

Traditionally, theoretical linguistic investigation and quantitative methodologies have been antithetical. But this has been changing rapidly in recent years, with an increasing recognition of the role that quantitative methods can play in the investigation of the structure of the human language faculty. As at the first QITL meeting, we would like to bring together researchers from theoretical, computational, quantitative and psycholinguistics who are interested in applying quantitative methods to theoretical issues in language to share their work.

We invite researchers engaged in quantitative investigations of theoretical linguistic questions to submit abstracts for 30-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion). The focus should be on a question of linguistic interest, which may be approached either from a more theoretical or a more quantitative perspective. Applications in computational linguistics may also be of interest if they lead to or shed light on theoretical questions. Relevant topics include (but are by no means limited to): models of lexical semantic preferences, rule productivity, grammar acquisition, and the issues surrounding the use of the Web as a representative corpus.

Abstracts should be 2-3 pages long, including figures, tables and references (this corresponds to approx. 1000-1500 words). Electronic submission by e-mail to is strongly preferred (PDF, PostScript, RTF).

Deadline: Friday, 24 February 2006


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Invited speakers

Burghard Rieger, Trier
Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto
Tom Wasow, Stanford University


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Programme committee


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Important dates

24 Feb 2006 Deadline for abstracts
10 Apr 2006 Notification of acceptance
1-2 Jun 2006 Conference


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Contact & organizing committee

Stefan Evert (e-mail: first name DOT last name AT uos DOT de)
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Osnabrück
49069 Osnabrück
phone: +49-541-969-2710
fax: +49-541-969-3374
e-mail: — no longer active —


Organized by the Computational Linguistics group at the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück.

Organizing committee: Peter Bosch, Stefan Evert, Graham Katz, Philip Reuter, Bettina Schrader, Carla Umbach


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© 2006 by Stefan Evert (Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück)