Culturomics at the LSA

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Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman-Aiden have volunteered to come discuss their "Culturomics" paper at the Linguistic Society of America meeting now underway in Pittsburgh.

They'll be in the Duquesne Room of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown on Sunday morning, 1/9/2010, from 10:30 to 12:00, for a half-hour presentation and an hour of discussion. This is not part of the regular LSA program, so if you're in the Pittsburgh area, you can attend without the cost of registering for the conference. (Though goodness knows the LSA could use the money, and its annual meeting is a remarkably cheap conference to attend.)

Previous LL coverage:

Geoff Nunberg, "Humanities research with the Google Books corpus", 12/16/2010
Mark Liberman, "More on 'culturomics'", 12/17/2010
Ben Zimmer, "On 'culturomics' and 'ngrams'", 12/23/2010

The flyer for the event:


  1. Ray Dillinger said,

    January 8, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    Durst we hope for an explication of the distinctions between 'culturomics' and 'corpus linguistics?'

  2. John Lawler said,

    January 8, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Corpus linguistics uses real corpora. Texts, all of them, in sentences and paragraphs, not just Ngrams.

  3. Chris said,

    January 9, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    I'm sure the general LL community would agree that a summary overview of the session would make a great LL post someday Monday or Tuesday…please?

  4. Ed said,

    January 9, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    not exactly productive, but i'm still proud of nominating 'culturomics' for Least Likely to Succeed _and_ having it win in the ADS WOTY.

  5. Teresa G said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    Fun note: during this weekend's conference, the American Dialect Society voted "Culturomics" word least likely to succeed :)

  6. Teresa G said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    Somehow I missed seeing Ed's comment directly above mine! Sorry for the repetitive post :) I will add that Ed made the convincing argument that if you have to give advance warning that a word neither means what you think it means nor is pronounced how you think it should be, then it is not likely to be a word that "takes off." RIP Culturomics.

  7. army1987 said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    What the hell is the huge number of British books using "3 June" in 1988, by the way?

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