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Message 1: GRAMMAR AND LEXIS:A One Day Symposium to Commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of the Survey of English Usage

Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 14:43:05 +0000
From: Bas Aarts <b.aartsucl.ac.uk>
Subject: GRAMMAR AND LEXIS:A One Day Symposium to Commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of the Survey of English Usage

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The Survey of English Usage, University College London and The Institute of
English Studies, University of London present

GRAMMAR AND LEXIS

A One Day Symposium to Commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of the Survey
of English Usage
Friday, 21 July 2000

The Survey of English Usage was founded in 1959 by Randolph Quirk as a
research unit for the study of both written and spoken educated English by
means of both corpus work and psycholinguistic inquiry. The Survey Corpus
was one of the world's first English language corpora. Many books and
articles have been based on Survey material, principal among them A Grammar
of Contemporary English (Longman 1972) and A Comprehensive Grammar of the
English Language (Longman 1985), both by Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and
Svartvik. In the early 1990s a second corpus was compiled: the British
component of the International Corpus of English (ICE-GB). This fully
tagged and parsed corpus was recently released on CD-ROM, together with
dedicated search software and audio material. The symposium celebrates
forty years of English language research at the Survey by addressing two
intertwined themes Grammar and Lexis, reflecting the interests of the
founder of the Survey. Speakers will address one of these themes in
relation to empirical linguistics. There will be a reception at the end of
the day.

Speakers:

Randolph Quirk: Getting their clause into English: some problems of
language spread
Geoffrey Leech: Diachronic linguistics across a generation gap: from the
1960s to the 1990s
David Crystal: The future of global English grammatical identity
Noel Burton-Roberts: Realisation vs. representation in the treatment of
case and agreement
Frank Palmer: Negation and the modal verbs in English
Robert Ilson: Tough calls: making a useful corpus; making a corpus useful
Katie Wales: Quirks, quizzes and questionnaires
Liliane Haegeman: On the subject of Bridget Jones

The full programme will be available from the web in due course
(http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english-usage/events/symposium.htm).

Organiser:
Dr. Bas Aarts, Director, Survey of English Usage, University College London.

Venue:
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, 3rd floor, Senate
House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The symposium will start at 9.30 a.m.
There will be a reception at the end of the day.

You are kindly requested to register for this event. Forms are available
from the Institute of English Studies (address as above) or from the web at
the following address: http://www.sas.ac.uk/ies/. There will be a small
charge for attendance: GBP18 for non-members of the Institute of English
Studies, GBP10 for members and concessions.

Further enquiries:
Institute of English Studies. Tel: (+44) (0)20 7862 8675. Fax: (+44) (0)20
7862 8672. Email: iessas.ac.uk

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