Background of the Association
Over the last three decades, Quantitative Linguistics has undergone a rapid and promising development, with respect to both theory and application. Quantitative methods are constantly gaining importance in all branches of language and text research. The quantitative approach to language opens up important and exciting theoretical perspectives, as well as solutions for a wide range of practical problems, by introducing into linguistics the methods and models of advanced scientific disciplines such as the natural sciences, economics, and psychology. Quantitative mathematical methods (probability theory, stochastic processes, differential and difference equations, fuzzy logic and set theory, function theory etc.) are being applied to all aspects of language and text phenomena, including the areas of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, pragmatics, etc., and on all levels of linguistic analysis.
In applied linguistic disciplines, the quantitative approach is constantly gaining interest, e.g. in the fields of natural language processing, machine translation, language teaching, documentation and information retrieval. In view of the growing number of scientists involved in, and the increase of research on, theoretical and applied aspects of quantitative linguistics, an international forum for information and co-operation in this field seemed highly desirable. Therefore, the International Quantitative Linguistics Association (IQLA) was founded on November 28, 1994.
IQLA holds its international conferences QUALICO on a regular basis.
The next QUALICO is planned for 2014, on the occasion of IQLA's twentieth anniversary.
The last Business Meeting of IQLA was held on occasion of the
7th QUALICO (Belgrade 2012), the next will take place on occasion of
next Qualico (2014). For details contact IQLA Office
- Included free subscription of the Journal of Quantitative Linguistics (full professional members)
- Discounts off registration fees to conferences organized by IQLA (Qualico) or organized under the auspices of IQLA
- Online access to:
- Member Directory (in progress)
- Forum for Discussions on QL (in prep.)
- Data Resources (planned)
- Software Resources (planned)
- Bibliographical Resources (coming soon)