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PALA Conference 2017

PALA Summer School

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PALA Conference 2017

Email: pala@wcupa.edu


Organizing Committee:

Eirini Panagiotidou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Department of English
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Israel Sanz-Sánchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Department of Languages and Cultures
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

PALA Summer School

Digital Humanities

PALA 2017 Summer School: July, 17 to Wednesday, 19 2017
The summer course will introduce participants to various facets of the digital and computational turn that is currently taking place in the humanities. The school will be run by members of West Chester University’s Digital Humanities (DH) program, offering the following workshops:

  1. Language Mapping for Spatial Analysis
    The workshop will teach participants to collect and structure linguistic data, process and aggregate data for spatial analysis, and present results visually using maps. During the workshop, participants will experiment with these methods by exploring datasets provided by the organizers. We will instruct how to install and use open source software, including a step-by-step demonstration of how to synthesize meaningful map data from the dataset, how to perform statistical queries, and how to create composite maps.

    This workshop is being led by Dr. Megan Heckert from the Geography Department, with assistance from DH faculty.

  2. Introduction to Natural Language Processing and Sentiment Analysis of Texts
    This hands-on full-day introductory-level workshop helps participants use open source software tools to study unstructured texts. The workshop will teach participants to use freely available software to analyze texts large and small. In the first half, organizers will provide a broad introduction to NLP and step-by-step methods for installing and using NLP software. In addition to a practical overview, participants will use a dataset to explore key NLP techniques including tokenization, lemmatization, part of speech tagging, co-reference detection, and Named Entity Recognition. The afternoon will focus on more advanced methodologies in NLP, including sentiment analysis, topic modeling, and other stylometric applications. During the workshop, participants will experiment with these methods by exploring datasets provided by the organizers or through their own corpora.

    This workshop is being led by Dr. Randall Cream from the English Department, with assistance from DH faculty.