31 January: next lecture in the TLA lectures on e-Humanities in Action

The next lecture in the TLA lectures on e-Humanities in Action will be given on the 31st of January by Alexander Mehler.

He will present on: Linguistic networks: Text-technological representation and quantitative analysis (abstract below).

The lecture will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (next to the Radboud university and hospital) at 14:30 in the main lecture hall.


With the advent of Web 2.0, we observe the rise of linguistic units that because of their structure, size and complexity have been widely unstudied so far. This relates to large complex networks of textual units and their collaborative generation by communities of interacting agents by means of computer-mediated communication.

Amongst others, this includes wiki-based systems in scientific and knowledge communication. These examples have in common that they enable users to cooperate in generating and modifying nodes of text networks mostly without central control. In this talk, we investigate several examples of such linguistic networks. We start with so called social ontologies in order to shed light on emergent semantics and the kind of topology it brings about. Secondly, we ask for the self-similarity of linguistic networks as exemplified by Wikipedia’s article network. Finally, we investigate laws of the collaboration of those agents who generate these networks in order to get insights into web-based collaboration as manifested by Wikipedia and numerous special purpose wikis.

You are all cordially invited to attend.

If you plan to attend please send an email to tla-lectures@mpi.nl (for administrative reasons).