Methods @ LingLab

Open-access workshops for methods in Linguistics


Dr Patrycja Strycharczuk
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics & Quantitative Methods @ The University of Manchester

Forced alignment for speech research
This workshop will be an introduction to forced alignment, an automated procedure for phonetic segmentation of speech, which uses orthographic transcription as input. Forced alignment substantially speeds up the processing of sound files for analysis, and in some cases, it can be used to fully automate aspects of phonetic analysis. In the workshop, I will introduce several web-based forced alignment services, and provide hands-on training on how to use them. This approach does not require advanced computer skills. The workshop is intended for researchers who have no experience with forced alignment and who would like to use it for acoustic analysis. It will be introductory and therefore accessible for undergraduate students.

Date: 28th Feb / Mar 1st 2022
Where: Konstanz (Online)
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Video Recordings (YouTube): Day 1 | Day 2

Workshop 1.5

Dr Massimiliano Canzi
Lab Manager / Data Scientist @ Universität Konstanz

Breaking Bad Habits in Experimental and Quantitative Linguistics Research
The goal of this workshop is to share some of the most common mistakes and points of weakness of experimental design in Linguistics I have encountered, as well as in data processing and analysis. Often I am invited to join the conversation at the data analysis stage of a project, where most previous mistakes in experimental design and data collection cannot be fixed anymore. Unfortunately, there is no ideal solution to not-ideal data. You will always have to compromise.  By avoiding these mistakes and trying to follow good practices as often as possible, you will learn to collect high-quality data that will serve you much better when it comes to answering your research questions. The level of the workshop is fairly introductory and the workshop is primarily aimed at early-career researchers (PhD and Postdoctoral researchers) and students.

Date: May 5th at 9:30 CEST
Where: Konstanz (Online)
Workshop Recording: YouTube
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Workshop 02

Dr Christopher Carignan
Lecturer in Speech Science @ University College London

Digital Signal Processing in R

In phonetics and speech science research, the R programming environment is commonly used for data wrangling and performing a vast array of statistical analyses. However, given the focus on using the R language for statistical modeling, it is not often used as an environment for primary data analysis. A typical workflow might consist of analyzing data in another language such as MATLAB, Python, or Praat and importing the processed data into R for statistical treatment. In this two-day workshop, you will learn how R can be used as an environment for primary analysis of a variety of data related to speech production, including speech acoustics, articulatory kinematics, and vocal tract imaging. This workshop is designed for participants who have some degree of experience in R and will therefore assume a basic level of knowledge of the R language.

Date: June 8th & 9th, 2-4 pm CET
Where: Konstanz (Online)
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Workshop 03

Dr Lisa Donlan
Post-doctoral Research Fellow at The University of Manchester

Collecting and exploring social media data in R
This workshop will introduce attendees to processes of collecting, textually analysing, and visualising social media language data using the programming language R.

Following an overview of how we can collect social media data from a variety of platforms (including Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube comments), attendees will gain practical experience of performing a variety of highly versatile text analysis methodologies on large datasets. Skills learned will include how to automatically tag language data for parts of speech, how to perform advanced searches using regular expressions (e.g. you'll learn how to tell R, "find me all adjectives that precede the noun learner in my data and sort them by frequency"), and how to find recurring significant patterns within a dataset. Attendees will also explore topic modelling and learn how to visualize key linguistic findings using bar plots and word clouds.

This workshop is designed for students or academics at any career stage who have little-to-no experience of using R for undertaking textual analysis and/or collecting social media data. However, attendees with some prior knowledge of the R programming language will get the most out of the workshop; consequently, a short prerequisite "Introduction to R" video will be circulated ahead of the workshop for the unacquainted!

Date: September 22nd and 23rd, 2-4 pm CET
Where: Online (Zoom)
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Workshop 04

Dr Eleanor Chodroff
Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology at the University of York

Cluster analysis for linguistic data

Date: 2022/2023 (TBD)
Where: Online
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Workshop 05

Dr Stefano Coretta
Senior Teaching Coordinator (Statistics) at the University of Edimburgh

Bayesian Statistics for Linguistic Research

Date: 2022/2023 (TBD)
Where: Online
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