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)|
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.