The GLEEFUL 2014 program can be found here.

Keynote Address:

Using parsed corpora to study language history
- Prof. Anthony Kroch, University of Pennsylvania

Over the past two decades, linguists with an interest in diachronic syntax have created syntactically annotated text databases, "parsed corpora," that have proved useful for the study of language change. These corpora allow us to study both the grammars of historical languages and the time course of syntactic changes. At present, we have parsed corpora of at least six languages for use in research: English, French, Icelandic, Irish, Portuguese, and Yiddish. In this talk, I will briefly discuss how such corpora are constructed and then give three examples, one from English, one from Yiddish and a third from French, revealing the sorts of information about grammar and change that can be extracted from them. The examples will show that combining grammatical analysis with the analysis of usage frequencies can provide new insights into both language history and linguistic theory.

Welcome to the homepage for the fourth annual Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics (GLEEFUL), brought to you by the q Undergraduate Association for Linguistics at Michigan State (qUALMS). GLEEFUL 2014 will be held on April 12-13, 2014, in East Lansing, Michigan. We're pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor Anthony Kroch, from the University of Pennsylvania linguistics program.

Additionally, qUALMS is proud to announce a new workshop series for GLEEFUL. These workshops are aimed at undergraduates looking to improve their skill set in particular areas of research. This year, GLEEFUL will be offering two workshops on Sunday, April 13. The workshops are a corpus linguistics workshop, led by Beatrice Santorini, from University of Pennsylvania, and a Praat workshop, led by Karthik Durvasula, from Michigan State University. Take a look at the workshops page for more information.

Our conference is possible with the generous support of:
  • The Office of the Provost (Undergraduate Education)
  • The Honors College
  • The College of Arts and Letters
  • The College of Arts and Letters Alumni Association
  • The Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
  • The Cognitive Science Program
-Adam Liter
President, qUALMS