From: Thomas Hoffmann <thomas.hoffmannuni-osnabrueck.de>
Subject: Constructionist Approaches to English Around the World
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Full Title: Constructionist Approaches to English Around the World
Date: 19-Jul-2011 - 23-Jul-2011
Location: Osnabrueck, Germany
Contact Person: Thomas Hoffmann
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.blogs.uni-osnabrueck.de/iclce4/
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
Call Deadline: 25-Apr-2011
What is often referred to as ‘the’ English language is in fact a heterogeneous and linguistically fascinating group of first (L1), second (L2), pidgin and creole as well foreign language varieties (cf. e.g. Kortmann et al. 2004; Hickey 2004; Mesthrie and Bhatt 2008; Schneider 2007). As previous research has shown (cf. in particular Kortmann et al. 2004), all these ‘Englishes’ are characterised by great intra- as well as inter-variability concerning their (morpho-)syntactic properties.
Now researchers working on ‘New Englishes’ or ‘World Englishes’ have drawn on a great number of different data sources to unearth this variation (including e.g. corpora from the International Corpus of English ICE project; Greenbaum 1996), sociolinguistic interviews (for an overview see Mesthrie and Bhatt 2008: 42) or psycholinguistic experiments (cf. e.g. Hoffmann 2011: 175-225). Interestingly, the same kinds of data are usually also investigated by so-called ‘usage-based Construction Grammar approaches (cf. Bybee 2006, 2010; Croft 2001; Goldberg 1995, 2006; Lakoff 1987 / for an overview of data in Construction Grammar; cf. Gries fc.)
The present workshop at the ICLCE4 conference now explores how construction-based approaches provide new insights for the study of New Englishes / World Englishes as well as how data from the varieties of English around the world can help to refine construction grammar theories. The workshop is particularly aimed at PhD and graduate students working on varieties of English around the world and will consist of two parts:
Part I will provide a basic introduction to Construction Grammar (including constructions as form-meaning pairings, the lexicon-syntax cline, usage-based approaches, the role of type and token frequency, cross-linguistic variability and the role of domain-general cognitive processes, cross-linguistics generalizations, statistical approaches). On top of that, previous constructionist approaches to varieties of English will be presented (such as Hoffmann 2011; Mukherjee and Gries 2009; Mukherjee and Hoffmann 2006).
In part II of the workshop, PhD and graduate students working on (morpho-)syntactic phenomena of varieties of English will give an overview of their projects in short 10-15 minute presentations. This will be followed by a 30 minute discussion of how a Construction Grammar perspective might benefit the study at hand and which further methodological steps concerning data collection and analysis might be indicated.
Call for Papers:
We invite PhD and graduate students working on (morpho-)syntactic phenomena of varieties of English to give an overview of their projects in short 10-15 minute presentations.
Please note that the workshop has a maximum number of 10 active participants (though guests are of course welcome at all times). PhD and graduate students interested in the workshop should send a one-page abstract of their project to the workshop convener (thomas.hoffmannuni-osnabrueck.de) by April 25th. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 30th. Finally, active workshop participants are entitled to an exceptional early-bird rate registration fee of €75 if they register for the conference by May 31st.
Further details on the ICLCE4 conference can be found at:
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