eWAVE -- the electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English

Dear members of the Cyberling community,

upon the kind invitation by Emily Bender, this is to inform you that

FRIAS -- the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies -- and the Max-Planck-Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) proudly announce the availability of a fascinating new OPEN ACCESS online tool which can be exploited both in research and teaching on the grammars of varieties of English worldwide:

New book on language variation infrastructure

Dear colleagues,

You may want to learn about the book "Language Variation Infrastructure. Papers on selected projects" (2011) based on some talks from Workshop on research infrastructure for linguistic variation (RiLiVS) arranged at the University of Oslo. I think most of you will find the papers interesting.

The book is freely downloadable from the web site of the OSLA Oslo Studies in Language:
You can choose to download the whole book or just individual chapters.

This is the list of contents:

Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age

The National Science Foundation has posted a workshop report entitled Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age. While it doesn't appear to contain direct input from linguists, many of the issues it discusses will be familiar to those interested in promoting a cyberlinguistics infrastructure.

From the executive summary:

New journal: Open Research Computation

A new journal Open Research Computation has been launched and, while it isn't geared towards linguistics specifically, it looks very interesting from a general cyberinfrastructure perspective. Here's it's Aims and Scope:

Copyright free language descriptions

Dear colleagues,

the Language Description Heritage project is slowly picking up steam and getting more and more content to be publicly available under a permissive license. Please check the announcement blog to see our current list of available works:

We are currently going through out-of-copyright works from before 1935. If you happen to have any digital version of any such work lying around (and it is not yet available in the above-mentioned archive), then we would be happy to check the copyright, and make it available in the project.

Subscribe to eLanguage journals

This isn't well-advertised, and it even takes a while to find it on the page, but it's possible to subscribe (for free) to the eLanguage online journals. The value of a subscription is that you'll get email alerts when a new issue is published---allowing you to look it over and see what's new, and allowing the authors who publish in these fora to have greater impact. Once you have one account, it's fairly easy to add subscriptions for the other eLanguage journals. Here's the link to subscribe to Linguistic Issues in Language Technology.

Launch of L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials

It is our pleasure to announce the launch of the L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials, a web resource providing access to many of the field manuals produced by the Language and Cognition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Etnolinguistica.Org: a report from South America

For the past few years, I've been part of a team involved in building an information hub on indigenous South American languages, a place to create and gather online resources for both academic researchers and the general public. The project, Etnolinguistica.Org, started in 2002 as a mailing list. The list quickly evolved into a major forum for the discussion of research topics on South American languages, the promotion of events and online resources—in sum, a meeting point for all those interested in South American linguistics and related areas.

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