- How do we assure comparability across data sets in terms of topic, style, setting across time?
- How do we tackle the changing nature of the interviewer-interviewee relationship? How is this impacted by participants’ access to social media and the internet?
- How do we deal with confidentiality and ethical consent, especially in terms of dissemination of data sets or publications about ongoing studies?
- How do we consider changing perceptions of social factors (esp. age and aging) when situating panelists against their speech community?
- How do we best make use of archival or 'found' data especially regarding demographic comparability?
- What and how much age/time/date metadata should we include as we build panel corpora?
- Which statistical methods are most appropriate for panel studies? And what can we learn from other disciplines in which panel studies are employed?
Suzanne Wagner will be convening a workshop on panel studies at the International Conference on Methods in Dialectology XV on Friday, August 15th, 2014. Her co-organizer is Isabelle Buchstaller of the University of Leipzig. The workshop is titled Panel studies: Challenges, food for thought and ways forward and will feature presentations by Patricia Cukor-Avila, Jonathan Harrington, Frans Gregersen, John Rickford, Walt Wolfram, Sali Tagliamonte, Malcah Yaeger-Dror and others. It is hoped that the workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers who have been engaged in panel studies to share their experiences, and to lay out some best practices for future researchers in this area. The guiding questions of the workshop include:
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We are faculty and students interested in language variation and change at Michigan State University in the departments of Linguistics & Languages, Romance & Classical Studies, Anthropology, Education and beyond.