Christin Schätzle


DiaHClust: an Iterative Hierarchical Clustering Approach for Identifying Stages in Language Change
Christin Schätzle | Hannah Booth
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change

Language change is often assessed against a set of pre-determined time periods in order to be able to trace its diachronic trajectory. This is problematic, since a pre-determined periodization might obscure significant developments and lead to false assumptions about the data. Moreover, these time periods can be based on factors which are either arbitrary or non-linguistic, e.g., dividing the corpus data into equidistant stages or taking into account language-external events. Addressing this problem, in this paper we present a data-driven approach to periodization: ‘DiaHClust’. DiaHClust is based on iterative hierarchical clustering and offers a multi-layered perspective on change from text-level to broader time periods. We demonstrate the usefulness of DiaHClust via a case study investigating syntactic change in Icelandic, modelling the syntactic system of the language in terms of vectors of syntactic change.

Visualizing Linguistic Change as Dimension Interactions
Christin Schätzle | Frederik L. Dennig | Michael Blumenschein | Daniel A. Keim | Miriam Butt
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change

Historical change typically is the result of complex interactions between several linguistic factors. Identifying the relevant factors and understanding how they interact across the temporal dimension is the core remit of historical linguistics. With respect to corpus work, this entails a separate annotation, extraction and painstaking pair-wise comparison of the relevant bits of information. This paper presents a significant extension of HistoBankVis, a multilayer visualization system which allows a fast and interactive exploration of complex linguistic data. Linguistic factors can be understood as data dimensions which show complex interrelationships. We model these relationships with the Parallel Sets technique. We demonstrate the powerful potential of this technique by applying the system to understanding the interaction of case, grammatical relations and word order in the history of Icelandic.


HistoBankVis: Detecting Language Change via Data Visualization
Christin Schätzle | Michael Hund | Frederik Dennig | Miriam Butt | Daniel Keim
Proceedings of the NoDaLiDa 2017 Workshop on Processing Historical Language