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LINGUIST List 23.1077

Sat Mar 03 2012

Calls: Ling Theories, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling/Poland

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Date: 03-Mar-2012
From: Karolina Krawczak <calgas2012gmail.com>
Subject: Corpus Approaches to (Lexical and Grammatical) Semantics
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Full Title: Corpus Approaches to (Lexical and Grammatical) Semantics
Short Title: CALGAS

Date: 08-Sep-2012 - 10-Sep-2012
Location: PoznaƄ, Poland
Contact Person: Session Organizers
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2012

Meeting Description:

Corpus Approaches to (Lexical and Grammatical) Semantics

The use of corpora in language studies is one of the most rapidly developing empirical research methods within linguistics in general, and Cognitive Linguistics, in particular. Working with language corpora means instant access to large samples of diverse data, facilitating empirical verification of research hypotheses. These large samples of naturally occurring language permit the identification of usage patterns that would be difficult or impossible to identify using introspection, elicitation or experimentation. Patterns of language use, within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics, are argued to be representative of language structure and therefore semantics.

Cognitive Linguistics, which grows out of the conviction that 'language structure emerges from language use' (Tomasello 2003: 5), is obliged to 'invest in the analysis of real language use' so as to come up to its 'self-declared status' as a 'usage-based model of language' (Geeraerts 2006: 17). The possibilities that the application of language corpora to cognitive research offers are, thus, impossible to overestimate, following the assumption that corpus data reflect the choices made by language users and that the frequency of an item testifies to its significance within the system. Among the analytical methods applied to corpus data, we can mention the following:

- Usage-feature, profile-based analysis (Geeraerts et al. 1994, Gries 2003)
- Lexical collocation analysis (Firth 1957, Sinclair 1996)
- Collostructional analysis (Stefanowitsch & Gries 2003, Gries & Stefanowitsch 2004)
- Word space modeling (Sahlgren 2006, Peirsman 2010)

In Cognitive Linguistics, meaning, as conceptualization, is believed to lie at the very heart of language, with the assumption that one can find semantic value in all the linguistic uses, whether lexical or syntactic, which when studied in fine-grained detail do not paint a picture of 'chaos, but rather of ordered complexity quite amenable to a cognitive grammar description' (Langacker 1991: 294). Corpora may be particularly helpful in bringing order to the complex nature of grammatical and lexical issues as they may constitute a tool to 'find relations between given linguistic forms, between their meanings, and in what situations those forms and meanings are used' (Glynn 2012).

Call for Papers:

We invite the submission of abstracts addressing all aspects of (lexical and grammatical) semantic phenomena within Cognitive Linguistics. These include, but are by no means limited to:

- Argument structure
- Emotion concepts
- Expression of epistemic stance
- Grammatical aspect, modality, tenses
- Grammatical case
- Grammaticalization
- Intersubjectivity in language
- Lexical semantics
- Morphology constructions
- Phrasal, sentential and other constructions in the world's languages
- Subjectivity in language

Send your anonymous abstract of no more than 500 words (including references), in .doc format, to the following email address: calgas2012gmail.com.

We stipulate that abstracts should clearly specify:

- Research question/problem
- Data/method
- Results/expected results

Deadline: 15 April 2012

Session Organisers:

Anna Hebda, Iwona Kokorniak, Karolina Krawczak (Adam Mickiewicz University) & Dylan Glynn (Lund University)



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