[PLing] Online workshop on the TerraLing database, September 18-19

Nina Haslinger nina.haslinger at univie.ac.at
Sat Sep 5 20:40:33 CEST 2020

Dear linguists,

we would like to draw your attention to a free online workshop for 
anyone interested in the TerraLing database (formerly SSWL, 
https://terraling.com). TerraLing is a collaborative platform for 
linguistic typology which permits you to directly pose data questions to 
native-speaker linguists, but may also be used to publish 
cross-linguistic data sets collected by other means.

The workshop will take place on September 18-19, 6-9pm CEST. Please find 
the programme and registration details below.

Nina Haslinger, Hilda Koopman and Viola Schmitt



This workshop aims to get researchers interested in the Terraling 
database, to familiarize them with the technology (so that they can 
carry out their own projects), and to pave the road for future projects 
making use of the database, thus also supporting further international 
community building.

The Terraling database (http://terraling.com/) is a collaborative 
research tool for theoretically guided cross-linguistic research: It is 
an open-access, open-ended database where linguists can both pose data 
questions to others and answer such questions for their native languages.

The workshop will involve introductions to different aspects of the 
database, a `hands-on’ trial session for participants, short 
presentations of projects that have been carried out via the database 
and a discussion (including all participants) of potential future 
research projects building on the database. (See below for the full 


To register for the workshop, please fill out the following form: 
https://forms.gle/p5mGFm6ik4NWK3yE8. We will send you the zoom link 
right before the workshop starts.

As the workshop will involve all participants trying out the database, 
we ask you to sign up to the database beforehand (in case you don’t have 
an account yet). If you have registered in the past, but have not 
accessed the site recently, please go online and reset your password. 
Note that both  https://terraling.com (the new address) and 
https://test.terraling.com (the old address) reflect and update the same 

PROGRAMME (all times are given in Central European Summer Time)

September 18

6 pm-6.20 pm: Introduction to the database (Hilda Koopman, UCLA)

6.20 pm-6.40 pm: A guided tour through the database

6.40 pm-7.10 pm: Try-out session (all participants, using break-out rooms)

7.10 pm-7.30 pm: Discussion (all participants)

7.30 pm-7.40 pm: Break

7.40 pm-8.25 pm: TerraLing and fieldwork (Ryan Bochnak, UBC)

8.25 pm-9 pm: Networking discussion (all participants)

September 19

6 pm-6.30 pm: Project presentation: SSWL (Cristina Guardiano, Università 
degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia & Hilda Koopman, UCLA)

6.30 pm-7 pm: Project presentation: Conjunction and disjunction (Nina 
Haslinger, University of Göttingen & Viola Schmitt, University of Graz)

7 pm-7.30 pm: Project presentation: Universal 20 (Guglielmo Cinque, Ca’ 
Foscari University, Venice)

7.30 pm-7.40 pm: Break

7.40 pm-8.30 pm: Property development and property writing
(includes a session on syntax, a session on semantics and a Q & A 
session, will involve all participants)

8.30 pm-9 pm: Networking discussion (all participants)

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