Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kickoff: GIS for Language Study

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Engelska parken, room 16-2043
  • Lecturer: Michael Dunn, Jan Amcoff, Timo Rantanen, Sofia Koskela
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  • Organiser: GIS for language study
  • Contact person: Alexandra Petrulevich
  • Seminarium

The aim of the kick off seminar is to introduce GIS and spatial analysis in language study via lectures and a workshop. Morning lectures are open to public. If you are interested in participating in the workshop please apply to alexandra.petrulevich@gmail.com or marc.tang@lingfil.uu.se before November 1.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computerized information systems for collecting, storing, managing, and analyzing location-based data. The revolution in methodology that GIS has brought about has shown its clear effect in several fields of science, including linguistics. Internationally, language research using GIS methods is a growing field. Areas of application for GIS range from general linguistics and variational linguistics to runology and onomastics.


Lecture session

09:00-09:15 Welcome and opening remarks, Alexandra Petrulevich and Marc Tang (Uppsala University)

09:15–10:00 Towards a spatially aware science of language, Michael Dunn (Uppsala University)

10:00–10:30 Coffee break

10:30–11:15 Geoinformatics in linguistics? Introduction to spatial data and spatial analysis, Timo Rantanen (University of Turku)

11:15–11:30 Break

11:30–12:00 GIS at Uppsala University, Jan Amcoff (Uppsala University) 


12:00-13:00 Lunch


Workshop session

Limited number of participants, please apply before November 1. 

13:00–14:00 Visualisation of the GIS data – learn to make your own map of Saami languages. Part 1., Timo Rantanen & Sofia Koskela (University of Turku)

14:00–14:30 Coffee break

14:30–15:30 Visualisation of the GIS data – learn to make your own map of Saami languages. Part 2., Timo Rantanen & Sofia Koskela (University of Turku)

15:30–15:45 Break

15:45–16:00 Feedback and discussion