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Full Title: Workshop: Processing in Corpora: ‘Support Strategies’ in Language Variation and Change

      
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Start Date: 22-May-2013 - 22-May-2013
Contact: Javier Perez-Guerra
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Meeting URL: http://www.usc.es/en/congresos/icame34/workshops.html
Meeting Description: Recent research has shown that grammatical variation is far more pervasive than has been assumed (cf. Fanego et al. 2002, Rohdenburg/Mondorf 2003, Pérez-Guerra et al. 2007, Dufter et al. 2009, Rohdenburg/Schlüter 2009). In the course of these studies a range of diverse theoretical principles and generalizations have been applied and developed in an attempt to provide explanatory potential for the observed choices.

The workshop is designed to broaden this perspective so as to encompass variation phenomena from a number of levels of linguistics analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) that lend themselves to an explanation in terms of processing efficiency, showing how language users can modulate the cognitive accessibility of variants from all these levels in order to mitigate the processing load. The workshop thus invites synchronic and diachronic corpus-based research on so-called “support strategies”, i.e. the choice of linguistic variants that are apt to compensate an increased processing effort. In this way, a range of apparently unrelated heterogeneous variation phenomena that lend themselves to an explanation in terms of processing efficiency, such as, for instance, sentence end-weight, resolution of congruence conflicts, word boundary marking, synthetic-analytic contrasts, morphological transparency, chunking, etc. can be linked to a common underlying strategy. We assume a theoretical framework that combines findings and principles from the areas of language variation and change with functional-typological approaches (e.g. Comrie 1981; Givón 1984, 1990; Croft 1990; Bolinger 1977) or processing-based psycholinguistic generalizations, such as Hawkins’ (2004) ‘Minimize Domains’, Rohdenburg’s (1996) ‘Complexity Principle’, Bates/MacWhinney’s (1987) ‘Competition Model’ or Wurzel’s (1987) ‘Principle of Uniformity and Transparency’, in order to apply these and other principles to diachronic stages of English.

Convenors: Britta Mondorf (Mainz) and Javier Pérez-Guerra (Vigo)
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 23.5050

This is a session of the following meeting:
English Corpus Linguistics on the Move: Applications and Implications

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