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Conference on Electronic Grammaticography

Conference on Electronic Grammaticography

Call for papers/ Theme

For long a step-child of lexicography, the domain of grammaticography has received growing interest in the recent past, especially in what concerns lesser studied languages. At least three volumes contain parts dealing with this question (Ameka et al. 2006, Gippert et al. 2006, Payne & Weber 2007).

At the same time, advances in information technology mean that a number of techniques become available which can present linguistic information in novel ways. This holds true for multimedial content on the one hand (see e.g. Barwick & Thieberger 2007), but also so called content-management-systems (CMS) provide new possibilities to develop, structure and maintain linguistic information, which were unknown when the idea of an electronic grammar was first put to print in Zaefferer (1998).

Recent publications in grammaticography often allude to the possibilities of hypertext grammars (Weber 2006, Evans & Dench 2006), but these possibilities are only starting to get explored theoretically (Good 2004, Nordhoff 2008) and in practice (Nordhoff 2007).

This conference will bring together experts on grammar writing and information technology to discuss the theoretical and practical advantages hypertext grammars can offer. Topics of interest are:

  • general formal properties of all grammatical descriptions (GDs) in general, and hypertext GDs in particular
  • functional requirements for GDs and the responses of the traditional and the hypertext approach (cf. Nordhoff 2008)
  • discussion or presentation of implementations
  • dealing with the media transition from book to electronic publication
  • opportunities and risks of hypertext grammars
  • integration with field work or typological work
  • treatment of a particular linguistic subfield (phonology, syntax, ...) within a hypertext description

We invite papers dealing with the arts and crafts of grammar writing in a wide sense, preferably with an eye on electronic publishing.


Submission of abstracts

  1. Length:
    up to one page of text plus up to one page containing possible tables and references
  2. Format:
    The abstract should include the title of the paper and the text of the abstract but not the author’s name or affiliation. The e-mail message to which it is attached should list the title, the author’s name, and the author’s affiliation. Please send the message to the following address:
  3. Deadline:
    Note that the deadline is now earlier than announced previously!
    The abstracts should reach us by THURSDAY, August 31.
    Submitters will be notified by FRIDAY, October 01.



Ameka, F. K., A. Dench & N. Evans (eds.) (2006). Catching language -- The Standing Challenge of Grammar Writing. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Barwick, L. & N. Thieberger (eds.) (2006). Sustainable data from digital fieldwork. Sydney: University of Sydney.

Gippert, J., N. Himmelmann & U. Mosel (eds.) (2006). Essentials of language documentation. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Good, J. (2004). "The descriptive grammar as a (meta)database". Paper presented at the EMELD Language Digitization Project Conference 2004. [paper]

Nordhoff, S. (2007). "Grammar writing in the Electronic Age". Paper presented at the ALT VII conference in Paris.

Nordhoff, S. (2008). "Electronic reference grammars for typology -- challenges and solutions". Journal for Language Documentation and Conservation, 2(2):296-324.

Payne, T. E. & D. Weber (eds.) (2007). Perspectives on grammar writing. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Zaefferer, D. (ed.) (1998). Deskriptive Grammatik und allgemeiner Sprachvergleich. Tübingen: Niemeyer.