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.

Current Events


IQLA holds its international conferences QUALICO on a regular basis.

Next Conference:
In 2016 Qualico will take place in Trier, (Germany), August 24-28. Call for papers

Last Qualico took place in Olomouc (Czech Republic), form May 29 to June 1, 2014. Program is available here (PDF). Book of abstracts is available here (PDF).

Summer School:
IQLA-GIAT Summer School in Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data (2nd edition), Padova, Italy, 21-25 September 2015. Final Report

Business Meeting

Next Business Meeting of IQLA will be held during Qualico 2016.

Membership Benefits

  • 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:
    • Newsletters
    • Member Directory (in progress)
    • Forum for Discussions on QL (in prep.)
    • Data Resources (planned)
    • Software Resources (planned)
    • Bibliographical Resources (coming soon)

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