John Nerbonne, Professor of Humanities Computing at the Faculty of Arts, has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
According to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the award – which is valued at 60,000 EUR - is granted “in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date – to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.” John Nerbonne is honored in particular for his achievements in the computational and quantitative analysis of geographically distributed language variation (dialects).
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (German: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung) was initiated by the German government and is funded by the German Foreign Office, the Ministry of Education and Research and others for the promotion of international co-operation between German institutes of higher education and leading academics from around the world.
As an award winner John Nerbonne is invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The stay may be divided up into blocks. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually to academics from outside Germany, regardless of their discipline or nationality. Prof. Nerbonne has indicated that he is keen to collaborate with linguists at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, where he is already involved in collaborations.
John Nerbonne studied Linguistics and Computer Science at the Ohio State University. In 1993 he became professor of computational linguistics and chair of Humanities Computing (alfa-informatica) at the University of Groningen. He served as director of the research institute, Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG), from 1999 until Aug. 2012.
More information: http://www.rug.nl/staff/j.nerbonne/
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