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Documentation of the Hočank Language

Prof. Dr. Helmbrecht war an der Dokumentation der Sioux-Sprache Hočank beteiligt.

Homepage des Forschungsprojekts: Documentation of Hočank

The Grammar of Personal Names - A Typological Perspective

Vom 7. - 8.10.2010 fand am Lehrstuhl für AVS eine Konferenz zum Thema "The Grammar of Proper Names - A Typological Perspective" statt.

Theory and Methods of Language Documentation

Summer School

There was an International Summer School on the "Theory and Methods of Language Documentation" in September 2011 at the University of Regensburg, Germany. The major goal of this summer school was  to introduce advanced students of linguistics (BA, MA and doctorate level of linguistics) into the theory and methods of language documentation. The goal was to acquire the knowledge and competence to conduct one's own documentation projects with regard to endangered language. Funding of this summer school has been provided mainly by the Volkswagen Foundation. Additional support came from the Vielberth Foundation of the University of Regensburg.


Principal organizers were Annette Endruschat of the Institut für Romanistik and Johannes Helmbrecht, Chair of General and Comparative Linguistics.

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Principal organizers were Annette Endruschat of the Institut für Romanistik and Johannes Helmbrecht, Chair of General and Comparative Linguistics.

Invited speakers

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Mosel (University of Kiel)
Dr. Roland Meyer (University of Regensburg)

There was an international workshop "Language Documentation Meets Corpus Linguistics: how to exploit DOBES corpora for descriptive linguistics and language typology?" at the University of Regensburg, September 27-28, 2011.

The major goal of this workshop was to bring together documentary linguists and corpus linguists in order to explore and discover ways how DOBES corpora – and there are more than 50 digital corpora in the archive of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nimegen by now - can be automatically or semi-automatically exploited for descriptive linguistics and language typology?"

The workshop topic is a hot topic in the linguistic community – in particular among the documentary linguists who are also interested in descriptive linguistics and typology. During the last 10 years the Volkswagen Foundation has funded more than 50 documentation projects all over the world and other comparable funding initiatives e.g. in Great Britain and the US have funded large and smaller sized documentation projects as well. The results of these projects are large and digitally available data repositories containing audio and video recordings, transcribed and glossed text collections of all kinds of text genres and text types, and lexical data bases. Most of the linguists who were involved in the collection of these data are not only interested in the data collection itself, but also in language description or comparative linguistics (typology and historical linguistics). The question then arises how these corpora can be used in linguistic research.

The workshop "Language Documentation Meets Corpus Linguistics – how to exploit DOBES corpora for descriptive linguistics (and language typology?)"  addressed the following questions:

  • How should a corpus look like? Principles and problems  of the creation of a representative text corpus
  • What kinds of information should be included in the corpus: the question of annotations
  • What kinds of searches does a descriptive linguist need?  Search procedures and possibilities
  • Technical questions: how to apply corpus linguistic methods on DOBES corpora
  • How reliable and significant are concordances of DOBES corpora – the unpleasant question of statistics in linguistics
  • The linking of the descriptive grammar with the text corpus

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37th Siouan and Caddoan Languages Conference


The conference took place at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri and was organized by Jill Greer and Johannes Helmbrecht.

The program can be found here.

  1. Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften
  2. Institut für Information und Medien, Sprache und Kultur (I:IMSK)

Allg. und Vergl. Sprachwissenschaft




Projekte und Workshops am Lehrstuhl für AVS