Matthew Reisz, "Big data serves up linguistics insights", Times Higher Education 5/29/2014:
Meaningful research into linguistics can now be conducted in the time it takes to have breakfast, thanks to the “transformative” impact of “big data” on the field.
That is the view of Mark Liberman, Christopher H. Browne distinguished professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, who told a panel discussion that “datasets are no longer the exclusive preserve of the scientific hierarchy” and that “any bright undergraduate with an internet connection can access and interpret the primary data”.
The event Reisz is reporting on was the joint British Academy/Philological Society panel "Language, Linguistics and the Data Explosion", held 5/9/2014 in London. The slides for my presentation are here.
I'm in Iceland at the moment for LREC 2014, and then going on to a tone workshop at UMass, and I have some grant proposals with looming deadlines, so the next breakfast experiment is not likely to appear for a week or so.