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Quantitative and formal modeling of historical sciences
Coding and Comparing Syntactic Data

March 18-22, 2024


The course will be held in Reggio Emilia (Palazzo Dossetti, Viale Allegri 9, Sala Riunioni, 2nd floor), from March 18 to March 22, 2024.



Paola Crisma (Trieste)

Cristina Guardiano (Unimore)

Monica Irimia (Unimore)

Giuseppe Longobardi (York)

Andrea Sgarro (Trieste)


Short description

The implementation of quantitative models, computational tools and automatic algorithms of data collection and analysis has brought into human sciences models, idealizations, and explanatory standards typical of natural sciences.

This course explores how these tools are extended and applied to those human sciences that specifically deal with history and cultural transmission.

Major contents:

- introduction to formal models of human language structure and diversity: parameters, parameter systems, parameter setting

- application of computational techniques to code, annotate and parse linguistic data (syntactically annotated corpora)

- application of computational techniques for data processing and analysis to the quantitative assessment of language relatedness and to phylogenetic reconstruction



For information: cristina.guardiano@unimore.it