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BAULT: Thematic groups

Many activities of the BAULT are connected to thematic groups which are similar to special interest groups of some associations.

How thematic groups are established and what they are

Members (or prospective) members of the BAULT may propose to form new thematic groups within the BAULT by drafting a proposal consisting of:

  • A title or a name for the theme of the group
  • A short description of the contents of the theme of the group and an explanation why the thematic group should be a part of the BAULT (as opposed to other research communities).
  • A leader, i.e. a responsible person of the thematic group who acts as a liaison between the BAULT board and the thematic group.
  • A number of (possibly prospective) members of BAULT (at least three including the leader) who are the initial members of the thematic group.

The BAULT board may decide to establish new thematic groups based on such an proposal or reject the application, or as to revise the proposal. The leader of a thematic group is expected to report about the activities and plans of the thematic group. A thematic group may, of course, accept further members, or members of a group may leave the group. A group may change its leader if they so wish.

A good thematic group ought to consist of a people who benefit of cooperation. The theme of the group must not be too narrow, because then it is attractive only to few. Nor must the theme be too wide because then the cooperation will be superficial or otherwise weak. It is felt that an optimal thematic group consists of people from different disciplines but with enough common interests. Members of BAULT may belong to more than one thematic group according to their interests.

Thematic groups form an framework for the members to cooperate, plan and arrange meetings, seminars and visits of experts. In short, they may improve the international connections and the cooperation between various disciplines at our university. If they prepare good and attractive plans for such seminars and visits, the board of the BAULT may provide funding for the accomplishment of such seminars and visits. The community has a four-year funding extending from 2013 to the end of 2016. With good planning and timing, the even the top experts of the world may be invited here.

Thematic groups of the BAULT

Computational Historical Linguistics

Lead by: Roman Yangarber

Theme group: R Grünthal, K Koskenniemi, J Rueter, J Saarikivi, R Yangarber

Working topics include:

  • experiments on prediction of unobserved forms within language families, such as certain Uralic languages, for supporting extension of lexicons through fieldwork including the Mordvin languages.

  • experiments with and investigation of various etymological data,

  • improving lexicographic resources of historical linguistics, e.g. of the Uralic languages, in collaboration e.g. with KOTUS.

  • establishing links with groups researching historical linguistics, e.g. the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Formally established in the 6th meeting of the board on Sept. 2nd, 2013.

Topic revision: r5 - 2013-09-09 - KimmoKoskenniemi
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