The International School and Conference on Network Science

June 18-22, 2012

Bringing together leading researchers, practitioners, and teachers in network science (including analysts, modeling experts, visualization specialists, and others), NetSci fosters interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. The conference focuses on novel directions in networks research within the biological and environmental sciences, computer and information sciences, social sciences, finance and business.

Language and Network Science
Monday, June 18, 2012
in the Kellogg School of Management
(in room
1246 in the Donald P. Jacobs Center)
at Northwestern University
in Evanston, IL, USA

We are pleased to announce the first Satellite Symposium at NetSci2012 on Language and Network Science. A growing number of research articles have used networks to investigate various domains of language including phonology, semantics, and syntax, as well as social aspects of language, such as the diffusion of language change (for examples see this web-site maintained by Ramon Ferrer i Cancho). The researchers doing this work come from disparate fields—including Linguistics, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics—and publish in a diverse array of professional journals. The aim of the symposium is to bring these researchers together to better understand how various aspects of language "work" and how network science can be used to gain insight into this unique, human, social behavior.

Click HERE for a list of speakers and the schedule for the day.

Attendance to our FULL-day symposium is FREE. However, we ask that you register so that we can reserve an appropriately sized venue. 

We also encourage everyone to register for the main NetSci2012 conference (June 20-22, 2012). For more information on NetSci2012 (including registration fee and deadline) please see:

There is another conference on June 22, 2012 that may also be of interest:
Words and Networks: Language Use in Socio-Technical Networks (WON 2012)

If you are currently doing work at the intersection of language and network science, you may be interested in submitting to a special Research Topic--Insights to the study of Language from Network Science--in the journal, Frontiers in Language Sciences

For questions, please e-mail Michael Vitevitch at

We greatly appreciate financial support from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago, without which this symposium would not be possible.

Organizing committee:
Michael Vitevitch, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas, USA
Max Bane, Linguistics, University of Chicago, USA
Morgan Sonderegger, Computer Science, University of Chicago, USA
Matt Carlson, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, El Paso, USA