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Workshop "Linguistische Wikipedistik" (Linguistic Wikipediology) on the 17th November 2017 at the University of Mannheim

The Wikipedia is not only one of the most successful projects in Web 2.0, it is also increasingly being received as a unique linguistic resource that demonstrates impressively the heterogeneous character of natural languages. The aim of the workshop "Linguistische Wikipedistik", which is organised by the Department of German Linguistics (Eva Gredel, Laura Herzberg, Angelika Storrer), is to show the various language-related perspectives on the subject of the study of the Wikipedia as well as to discuss convergences and divergences between the theoretical and methodical approaches. The workshop is directly followed by the WikiDACH 2017, a barcamp of the German-speaking Wikipedia community, which is held upon invitation of Eva Gredel. It will take place on the 18th and 19th November 2017 at the University of Mannheim. For further information, please click here.



French-German colloquium on standards for corpora of computer-mediated communication at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Funded by the French Embassy in Berlin, Service pour la Science et la Technologie, a French-German colloquium took place at the University of Duisburg-Essen on 19-20 June 2017. Researchers from both France and Germany exchanged their experiences on standards for corpora of computer-mediated communication and developed concepts and strategies on how to integrate such corpora in digital infrastructures of Digital Humanities, such as CLARIN. Laura Herzberg, Angelika Storrer (University of Mannheim) and Harald Lüngen (IDS Mannheim) shared their experiences and presented their concepts of joint projects. For further information, see https://sites.google.com/view/dhcmc2017/startseite.



Tassja Weber obtains an IPIP4all-Funding for a research stay at the Institute for Applied Linguistics at EURAC 
Research (Bozen/Italy).

From mid-June to mid-August 2017, Tassja Weber will conduct research on her dissertation project at the Institute for Applied Linguistics at the European Research Academy (EURAC Research) in Bolzano, Italy. During her stay, funded by the IPD4all-Program, she will work with learner corpora provided by EURAC Research and further intensify the research cooperation in the context of the “European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowd Sourcing Techniques (enetCollect)“  funded by the EU from 2017-2021.

The program IPID4all (International Promovieren in Deutschland) is targeted at doctoral candidates and aims at intensifying research and international cooperation. The program is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).



Start of the COST Action enetCollect  „European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques“ (2017-2021) on March 7th in Brussels.

The COST-Action „European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques“ (CA 16105), short enetCollect, aims to unlock the potential of Crowdsourcing techniques in the domain of foreign language learning and teaching. The Action is supported by the EU framework programme Horizon2020 and unites stakeholders from more than 20 countries and of various disciplines, among them Computational Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Information Technology, Engineering, Linguistics, Language Teaching and Psychology. 
Angelika Storrer and Tassja Weber from the University of Mannheim are participating in the Action which is coordinated by Lionel Nicolas (EURAC Research Bozen/Bolzano).

For more information about the COST-Action see
 www.eurac.edu and www.cost.eu.


Dr. Eva Gredel has been awarded a Wrangell Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Arts Baden-Württemberg (2017-2022).

Dr. Eva Gredel (postdoctoral researcher at the chair of German linguistics) has been awarded a Wrangell Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Arts Baden-Württemberg for her projekt „Digitale Diskursanalysen zur Dynamik ökonomischer, historischer und politischer Wissensbestände am Beispiel der Wikipedia“.
With the Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Programme the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg wants to encourage outstanding postdoctoral researchers to qualify as a professor. For further information see www.margarete-von-wrangell.de



DFG-network on „Digital Discourses: Theories, Methods Case Studies“: Opening Conference on November 15th and 16th 2016 in Mannheim

A conference on November 15th and 16th 2016 opened the DFG-funded network „Digital Discourses: Theories, Methods Case Studies“ at the University of Mannheim and at the Institute for the German Language (IDS) in Mannheim. The overall goal of the DFG network is to elaborate on the framework of a digital discourse analysis. The central methodological issue is  the development of tools and methods in the intersection of corpus linguistics and digital methods. The network brings together 15 scientists at the crossroads of discourse analysis, media sciences and corpus linguistics. The network is based at the University of Mannheim (spokeswoman: Dr. Eva Gredel). For more information about the DFG-network see www.diskurse-digital.de.