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Computing and Language VariationInternational Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Volume 2$
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John Nerbonne and Charlotte Gooskens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640300

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640300.001.0001

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Panel Discussion on Computing and the Humanities

Panel Discussion on Computing and the Humanities

(p.19) Panel Discussion on Computing and the Humanities
Computing and Language Variation

John Nerbonne

Paul Heggarty

Roeland Van Hout

David Robey

Edinburgh University Press

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

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