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Freiburger Korpustage: “Advanced analysis and manipulation of ELAN corpus data with R and Python”

DateThursday, 16th November 2017

veranstalter: Michael Rießler, Niko Partanen
ansprechpartner: Michael Rießler
institution: HPSL
language: Englisch
location institution: Freiburg
date_raw: 16 und 17 November 2017
date_sort: 16.11.2017, 00:00:00

The course addresses different ways to work with ELAN corpora using R and Python. With R, the focus is on parsing, summarizing and visualizing data, while the Python portion concentrates on tier manipulation. The goal is to introduce methods for automatizing and systematizing corpus creation, maintenance and annotation tasks. The teaching proceeds through examples that present different research workflows taking advantage of the current tools. All materials and code will be fully available for testing on the participants’ computers, and participants are encouraged to bring their own ELAN materials to the class.

The workshop is organized by Niko Partanen (Freiburg, Paris) and Michael Rießler (Freiburg, Bielefeld). The targeted audience are advanced MA students, PhD students, or other colleagues interested in corpus linguistics, ideally with existing basic knowledge in corpus building and quantitative methods.

The number of participants is restricted to 18. In order to register, please write an e-mail to

Preliminary schedule:

Thu 16.11. FRIAS: 02005f
09:30-11:00 Course introduction / Particularities of ELAN corpora
11:00-11:30 Coffee
11:30-13:00 Goals of programmatic workflows / ELAN file structure
13:00-14:00 Lunch (on own expenses)
14:00-15:30 Parsing ELAN files into R / Further interaction with the corpus
15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-17:30 Practical work with examples

Thu 16.11. University
18:00–20:00 Guest lecture by Mark Davies “Examining variation and change in language and culture with large online corpora”

Fr 17.11. FRIAS: 02005f
09:30-11:00 Manipulating ELAN corpora / Testing corpus consistency
11:00-11:30 Coffee
11:30-13:00 Practical work with participants’ example corpora
13:00-14:00 Lunch (on own expenses)
14:00-15:30 Summary and discussion