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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies

Short Title: BASEES
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Start Date: 05-Apr-2014 - 07-Apr-2014
Contact: Neil Bermel
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Meeting URL: http://www.basees.org.uk
Meeting Description: For the 2014 conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Languages (Cambridge UK, 5-7 April 2014), we are proposing a double panel on corpora, quantitative data and language. We envision that this panel will form a contribution to the wider discussion surrounding usage based approaches to language, and welcome proposals from linguists of various theoretical stripes.

Panel Abstract:

The creation of generalist corpora for Slavonic languages as well as those for special purposes has had, among others, two significant effects in the field. It has forced linguists not only to admit the possibility of frequency as a contributing factor to language acquisition and evolution, but also to attempt to assess the role of frequency in these two processes. It has also highlighted the need to confront the particular limitations and shortfalls of corpus data and to measure them against carefully controlled experimental results.
Linguistic Subfield: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language Family: Slavic Subgroup
LL Issue: 24.3442

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