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LINGUIST List 23.4512

Mon Oct 29 2012

Confs: Syntax, Socioling, Neuroling, Psycholing, Computational Ling/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 28-Oct-2012
From: Stefan Grondelaers <S.Grondelaerslet.ru.nl>
Subject: New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation
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New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation
Short Title: NWASV

Date: 15-Nov-2012 - 17-Nov-2012
Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Contact: Stefan Grondelaers
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.ru.nl/nwasv

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The website of the international symposium New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation (15 to 17 November 2012, Nijmegen) is now online on:


Please visit the website for the full program and for registration details. Since the number of delegates is strictly limited to 70, it is advisable to register early if you want to attend.

Syntactic variation concerns the alternation between constructional alternatives such as He gave the boy the book and He gave the book to the boy. Syntactic variation research investigates the factors which determine why one of these alternatives is preferred over the other in specific linguistic and situational contexts.

Syntactic variation is investigated in very different schools of linguistics, psychology, and computer science, which each produce valuable results and predictions. Many of these findings, however, are unknown to colleagues in other fields, because they are deemed theoretically uninteresting, or because they are based on evidence which is inaccessible to non-initiated colleagues. Also, the best models and the most accurate predictions so far have been the result of a methodological interdisciplinarity which does not widely exist yet.

The international symposium New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation (NWASV) convenes the best researchers in the field to collaborate across disciplinary borders. It focuses on new theoretical insights (from Construction Grammar, Exemplar Theory, Optimality Theory, Memory-Based Learning, psycholinguistics, …), but also on the newest corpus and laboratory methods to analyze syntactic variation.

For more information, please visit the website, or send an email to Stefan Grondelaers, Radboud University Nijmegen:


New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation

Thursday 15.11

Welcome & intro

Plenary 1: Helen de Hoop
Radboud University Nijmegen
Analyzing syntactic variation in Dutch partitive constructions

Gerlof Bouma
University of Göteborg
Something old, something new: Informativity and argument fronting in Spoken Dutch

Annelore Willems & Gert de Sutter
University College Ghent
Where shall I put this? Distance-to-V, length and verb disposition effects on PP placement in Belgian Dutch

Coffee & tea

Antti Arppe, Patrick Bolger, Dagmara Dowbor
University of Alberta
The more evidential diversity, the merrier - contrasting linguistic data on frequency, selection, acceptability and processing

Markus Bader
Goethe-Universtität Frankfurt
Verb-cluster variations: A Harmonic Grammar analysis


Walking diner & posters

Jeroen Claes
University of Antwerp
Variationist sociolinguistics and cognitive construction grammar. A case study of the variable agreement of presentational haber in Dominican Spanish

Diana Dimitrova, Donders Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen
Laurie Stowe, University of Groningen
Gisela Redeker, University of Groningen
John Hoeks, University of Groningen
Neural processing of prosody and information structure in context

Adriaan Hogervorst
University of Utrecht
Changes in the benefactive double object construction in Dutch: A consequence of language contact

Greg Johnson
Michigan State University
Micro-variation as restructuring in infinitival perfect contractions

Taeho Kim & Han-gyu Lee
Pusan National University
An empirical analysis of postposing constructions in conversational Korean

Natalia Levshina
University of Marburg
Associations between syntactic constructions and collexemes: Is there one universal frequency measure?

Sören Schalowski
University of Potsdam
Syntactic variation in spoken German: Multiple XPs in the left periphery of declarative main clauses

Geertje van Bergen, Sander Lestrade & Peter de Swart
Radboud University Nijmegen
Differential Case Marking: From bidirectionality to unidirectionality

Eva van Lier, University of Amsterdam
Geertje van Bergen, Radboud University Nijmegen
Peter de Swart, Radboud University Nijmegen
Lexical preferences in Dutch ditransitives: From corpus frequencies to controlled production

Friday 16.11

Plenary 2:
Adele Goldberg
Princeton University
Exemplars and generalizations

Natalia Levshina, University of Marburg
Kris Heylen, University of Leuven
Construction Grammar meets semantic vector spaces: A radically data-driven approach to semantic classification of slot fillers

Lilla Magyari
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Predictability and timing in conversations

Coffee & tea

Katrien Segaert
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen & Donders Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen
A paradox of syntactic priming

Florent Perek
Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg & Université Lille 3
Productivity asymmetries in argument structure alternations


Plenary 3:
Joan Bresnan
Stanford University
Frequency and variation in spoken syntax

Joanna Nykiel
University of Silesia, Poland
Syntactic alternatives under sluicing

Coffee & tea

Torben Juel Jensen & Tanya Karoli Christensen
University of Copenhagen
The challenges of spoken syntax data. On the quantitative operationalisation of a semantic hypothesis

Gosse Bouma
University of Groningen
Om-omission in Dutch verbal complements

Plenary 4:
Antal van den Bosch
Radboud University Nijmegen
Example-based modeling of syntactic alternations

Saturday 17.11

Plenary 5:
Sali Tagliamonte
University of Toronto
Constraints and weights in syntactic variation

Laura Staum Casasanto
Stony Brook University
Processing difficulty and the envelope of variation

Diana Dimitrova, Donders Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen
Laurie Stowe, University of Groningen
John Hoeks, University of Groningen
Pitch accent and the particle ''only'' modulate the processing of information structure in isolated sentences

Coffee & tea

Sjef Barbiers
Meertens Institute Amsterdam & University of Utrecht
Where's syntactic variation?

Wrap-up & discussion


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