University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey

Creating Infrastructure For Canonical Typology

9 January 2009 - 10 January 2009

Workshop Report

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

The international workshop Creating Infrastructure for Canonical Typology was hosted on January 9-10, 2009 by the Surrey Morphology Group under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Surrey. The workshop had two central aims: to address the difficult problem of cross-linguistic comparison by applying the canonical approach to typology; to address how canonical typology can be applied in the development of interoperability of linguistic descriptions.

The papers

The workshop brought together linguists from three continents. There were speakers from the US, Australia and various European countries (Germany, Netherlands and Norway), as well as UK universities. The programme and papers can be found here.

The next step

Selected speakers have agreed to contribute a paper to a volume on the application of the canonical method in typology for which a major publisher has already expressed a strong interest. We have now received initial drafts of the chapers. Also arising from the IAS event is a successful proposal for a follow-on workshop on Canonical Typology to be held during the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology at Berkeley in July 2009.

Dr Dunstan Brown

24 May, 2009