Folkert de Vriend, Meertens institute. eHumanities group - New Trends in eHumanities

Folkert de Vriend, Meertens institute


January 10, 2013


Tools for Computational Analyses of Dialect Geography Data

In dialect geography various methods are used for systematically collecting evidence for dialect differences. My PhD thesis contains five studies on tools and infrastructure for computational analyses of dialect geography data. In my talk I will discuss two of these studies in more detail. The first study is on a unified structure for different sets of dialect dictionary data. The second study is on visualization as a research tool for dialect geography using a geo-browser. I will also discuss challenges related to implementing several of the results of these studies and I will illustrate these challenges with examples taken from the CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technologies Infrastructure) projects I have worked on.


Folkert de Vriend studied General Linguistics at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. After obtaining his degree he worked on several projects at the Radboud University and the Meertens Institute aimed at digitization and curation of language resources and the development of tools for eHumanities research. In 2012 he obtained his doctorate at the Radboud University on his PhD thesis “Tools for Computational Analyses of Dialect Geography Data”. Currently, Folkert de Vriend works on metadata for resources and web services in the CLARIN project ‘Interactive migration maps for the 20th century’ (MIGMAP).

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