Linguistics Seminar - #linguistics: exploring variation and change using social media language data

Date Wednesday 2 November 2022
Time 1pm - 2pm
Where University of Waikato - Room I.1.09 (in IJK Block)
Presenter Sidney Wong (PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury, NZ)
Contact Andreea Calude
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Linguists are often challenged by limited language data when attempting to observe and identify language variation and change in a population. Samples from a small number of individuals do not necessarily represent the linguistic behaviour communities. Social media platforms such as Twitter are a rich source of language data to test linguistic theories. Social media language combined with computational linguistic methods bypass the limitations of traditional methods in sociolinguistics and dialectology which rely on limited language samples. In this talk, Sidney will take us on a journey to explore current methods in modelling language variation and change using geo-referenced social media language data in local populations. The opportunities and limitations using online language for humanities research will also be discussed.

Sidney (he/him, any pronouns with respect) is a PhD student at the Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau, University of Canterbury and a teaching fellow at the University of Waikato.