University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey

Creating Infrastructure For Canonical Typology

9 January 2009 - 10 January 2009

Dr Dunstan Brown, Dr Marina Chumakina and Dr Anna Kibort (Surrey Morphology Group)

There is a growing movement within Linguistics to promote the use of ontologies for linguistic description. However, differences in terminology and the underlying logic assumed are major stumbling blocks. One way of addressing these problems is to adopt the canonical approach to typology by taking defining properties and placing them in a multidimensional space. In this way we can treat, for example, issues of whether particular constructions fit under the rubric 'agreement' or 'case' as a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a canonical ideal.

A two-day international seminar will be held at Surrey in January 2009, addressing the issues relevant for the creation of an ontology for Canonical Typology in the form of a Community of Practice Extension (COPE) within the General Ontology for Linguistic Description (GOLD). It will bring together computational linguists, fieldworkers and typologists, as well as researchers working specifically on ontologies.