Prof. Silvina Montrul selected LAS Fellow in a Second Discipline through the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists 2022-23


Our own Professor Silvina Montrul has been awarded the highly competitive LAS faculty study fellowship. The LAS Program of Faculty Study in a Second Discipline offers faculty members an opportunity to extend their scholarship through study in a separate field. Awards are limited to a maximum of FOUR FTE Fellows for academic year 2022-2023. Up to TWO of the fellowships will be awarded to faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who wish to receive training in digital methods to advance their scholarship, with possible implications for curricular development. This represents a continuation of the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists program previously funded by the Provost's office through the Humanities Research Institute.

During the fellowship year, Prof. Montrul will follow a systematic program of study in the School of Information Science to acquire new skills in data science, programming and data visualization that will expand her research and teaching. With David Dubin from the School of Information Science and two graduate students and two undergraduate students they are building a syntactically and morphologically annotated (parsed) corpus with speech samples from 500 monolingual and bilingual speakers of Spanish and English in the U.S. and Mexico. Their goal is to develop the corpus concurrently with a visualization system for interactive analysis of complex, large scale-multidimensional speech data. Together, the annotated corpus and visualization system will enable a wide array of query-driven analyses of speech samples from children and adults and across different levels of language proficiency. The corpus will enable not only their research on linguistics and bilingualism but also improve research workflow supports in disciplines with similar data management and analyses challenges.

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