Linguistic complexity

Measuring linguistic complexity: A multidisciplinary perspective


The Linguistics Research Unit of the Institute of Language and Communication will be hosting a workshop on ‘Measuring linguistic complexity: A multidisciplinary perspective’ on Friday 24 April, 2015.


Convenors: Thomas François (Centre de traitement automatique du langage) and Magali Paquot (Centre for English Corpus Linguistics)

The main objective of the workshop is to bring together specialists from a number of different but related fields to discuss the construct of linguistic complexity and how it is typically measured in their respective research fields.

The event will be structured around keynote presentations by five distinguished scholars:

  • Philippe Blache (CNRS & Universite d'Aix-Marseille, France) : Linguistic complexity in psycholinguistics
  • Alex Housen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) : Linguistic complexity in second language acquisition
  • Frederick J. Newmeyer (University of Washington, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University): The question of linguistic complexity: historical perspective
  • Advaith Siddharthan (University of Aberdeen, UK) : Linguistic complexity in natural language processing and text simplification studies
  • Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (KULeuven, Belgium) : Linguistic complexity in contrastive linguistics and typology

Participation is free of charge but registration is required (via our online registration form).

The event is sponsored by the Linguistics Research Unit of the Institute of Language and Communication, Université catholique de Louvain and the UCL Fonds spéciaux de Recherche (FSR)