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Eniko Csomay, standing, leads a planning committee for the upcoming conference. Eniko Csomay, standing, leads a planning committee for the upcoming conference.

SDSU Hosts Linguistics Conference

Researchers from around the world arrive on campus, Friday, Jan. 18 to share their work.
By Joe Howder

More than 150 linguistics experts, representing 18 countries across the globe, will visit SDSU on Jan. 18 to share their research.

The American Association for Corpus Linguistics begins Friday, Jan. 18 and will include a wide range of meetings about improving linguistic curriculum and research.

“Corpus linguistics is a relatively new and exciting approach applied to language studies,” said Eniko Csomay, associate dean for the college of Arts and Letters and a linguistics professor at SDSU.

Corpus linguistics is a method for the study of language use, analyzing a vast collection of words or texts. The data-driven approach differs from traditional laboratory-based studies.

Student participation

Students studying linguistics will participate in all facets of the conference.

About one fourth of the presenters are students from master's and doctoral programs across the country and abroad, including two from SDSU.

“It is important that students attended the conference,” Csomay said. “They have the chance to network not only with prominent scholars in the field, but with their own cohort.”

International participation

Conference participants will come from around the world, including:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • USA
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • New Zealand

Conference organizers

The SDSU Organizing Committee is headed by:

  • Eniko Csomay,  associate dean, College of Arts and Letters, professor of linguistics
  • Robert Malouf, professor of linguistics
  • M. Trevor Shanklin, director of language labs