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LINGUIST List 24.3442

Tue Sep 03 2013

Calls: Slavic Languages, Text/Corpus Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Aug-2013
From: Neil Bermel <n.bermelsheffield.ac.uk>
Subject: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full Title: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
Short Title: BASEES

Date: 05-Apr-2014 - 07-Apr-2014
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Neil Bermel
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.basees.org.uk

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2013

Meeting Description:

For the 2014 conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Languages (Cambridge UK, 5-7 April 2014), we are proposing a double panel on corpora, quantitative data and language. We envision that this panel will form a contribution to the wider discussion surrounding usage based approaches to language, and welcome proposals from linguists of various theoretical stripes.

Panel Abstract:

The creation of generalist corpora for Slavonic languages as well as those for special purposes has had, among others, two significant effects in the field. It has forced linguists not only to admit the possibility of frequency as a contributing factor to language acquisition and evolution, but also to attempt to assess the role of frequency in these two processes. It has also highlighted the need to confront the particular limitations and shortfalls of corpus data and to measure them against carefully controlled experimental results.

Call for Papers:

We welcome suggestions for papers to contribute to a half day panel/workshop on the use of quantitative data on Slavonic languages. Suitable topics might address aspects of the following:

- The relationship between frequency of occurrence in language (as measured through the occurrence of items in large scale corpora) and the status of linguistic structures in the minds of the speakers as reflected in experimental data from work with native speakers
- Specific problems relating to corpus data: what is highlighted and suppressed in the results of a corpus search or a large-scale corpus investigation;
- Synchrony vs. diachrony: language change vs. language description and how the two can be approached through the use of quantitative data;
- The role frequency plays in first and second language acquisition, and how this is measured or assessed through the use of corpora;
- The relation between corpus frequency and prescriptive or descriptive manuals of Slavonic languages, including assessments of ‘corpus-based’ grammars and dictionaries.

Papers at BASEES are the standard 20 minutes + 10 discussion. We will be applying for a slot of six papers (two panel blocks).

To request a slot on the panel, please go to:


Fill in the contact details by 15 September, supplying the 250-word abstract.

Proposals not able to be accommodated on this panel for thematic reasons or due to space constraints will nonetheless be passed to the conference organisers for consideration elsewhere on the programme, so you should not submit your proposal both to this panel and as an individual submission.

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