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LINGUIST List 23.5050

Tue Dec 04 2012

Calls: English, Historical Ling, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling, Phonetics, Psycholing/Spain

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <annalinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Dec-2012
From: Javier Perez-Guerra <jperezuvigo.es>
Subject: Workshop: Processing in Corpora: ‘Support Strategies’ in Language Variation and Change
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Full Title: Workshop: Processing in Corpora: ‘Support Strategies’ in Language Variation and Change

Date: 22-May-2013 - 22-May-2013
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Contact Person: Javier Perez-Guerra
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.usc.es/en/congresos/icame34/workshops.html

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2013

Meeting Description:

Recent research has shown that grammatical variation is far more pervasive than has been assumed (cf. Fanego et al. 2002, Rohdenburg/Mondorf 2003, Pérez-Guerra et al. 2007, Dufter et al. 2009, Rohdenburg/Schlüter 2009). In the course of these studies a range of diverse theoretical principles and generalizations have been applied and developed in an attempt to provide explanatory potential for the observed choices.

The workshop is designed to broaden this perspective so as to encompass variation phenomena from a number of levels of linguistics analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) that lend themselves to an explanation in terms of processing efficiency, showing how language users can modulate the cognitive accessibility of variants from all these levels in order to mitigate the processing load. The workshop thus invites synchronic and diachronic corpus-based research on so-called “support strategies”, i.e. the choice of linguistic variants that are apt to compensate an increased processing effort. In this way, a range of apparently unrelated heterogeneous variation phenomena that lend themselves to an explanation in terms of processing efficiency, such as, for instance, sentence end-weight, resolution of congruence conflicts, word boundary marking, synthetic-analytic contrasts, morphological transparency, chunking, etc. can be linked to a common underlying strategy. We assume a theoretical framework that combines findings and principles from the areas of language variation and change with functional-typological approaches (e.g. Comrie 1981; Givón 1984, 1990; Croft 1990; Bolinger 1977) or processing-based psycholinguistic generalizations, such as Hawkins’ (2004) ‘Minimize Domains’, Rohdenburg’s (1996) ‘Complexity Principle’, Bates/MacWhinney’s (1987) ‘Competition Model’ or Wurzel’s (1987) ‘Principle of Uniformity and Transparency’, in order to apply these and other principles to diachronic stages of English.

Convenors: Britta Mondorf (Mainz) and Javier Pérez-Guerra (Vigo)

Call for Papers:

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2013. Abstracts of c. 300 words should be submitted by email to both convenors (mondorfuni-mainz.de, jperezuvigo.es). The notification of acceptance will be on 28 February.



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