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LINGUIST List 24.4034

Tue Oct 15 2013

Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Poland

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

Date: 14-Oct-2013
From: Ana Díaz-Negrillo <sleugr.es>
Subject: Corpus-based Approaches to Semantics and Pragmatics
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Full Title: Corpus-based Approaches to Semantics and Pragmatics

Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 13-Sep-2014
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Dylan Glynn
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.dsglynn.univ-paris8.fr/corpus_semantics.html

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

Call Deadline: 20-Nov-2013

Meeting Description:

This theme session brings together research employing corpus-based methods in the study of semantics and pragmatics. The focus will be methodological and restricted to corpus-driven, as opposed to corpus-illustrated, research. Small sample research and qualitative studies in gesture, discourse and conversation analysis are also welcome.

The last 25 years have seen a dramatic growth in observation-based studies in semantics and pragmatics. Indeed, with technological advances in corpus methods, in both Cognitive and Functional Linguistics, the use of such methods can currently be seen as one of the principle approaches to meaning structure. In Cognitive and Functional circles, Dirven et al (1982), Schmid (1993, 2000), Geeraerts et al. (1994, 1999), Scheibman (2002), Kärkkäinen (2003), Gries (2003), Gries & Stefanowitsch (2006) Szmrecsanyi (2006), Bednarek (2006), Cornillie (2007), Englebretson (2007) Hilpert (2008), Gilquin (2009), and Glynn & Fischer (2010), Breban (2010), Divjak (2010) Dziwirek & Lewandowska (2010) are just a few of the large number of works representation this trend. What ties these diverse studies together is the systematic use of contextualised observational data to understand the conceptual and functional motivations behind language structure.

Two corpus-driven approaches emerge across these traditions. The first is formal, based on collocations of lexemes and lexemes and constructions. This method examines formal patterns in observational data and interprets this as indicative of semantico-pragmatic structures. Being based on formal co-occurrence, the approach is methodological related to latent semantic analysis and vector space modelling in computational linguistics. The second approach includes profile-based analysis or multifactorial feature analysis and is based on the close manual annotation of semantico-pragmatic features of a language sample. This second approach is closely related to sentiment analysis in the computational tradition. The theme session will bring together researchers interested in developing methods, such as these and others, for the analysis of semantics and pragmatics.


Collocations, collostructions, concordances
Multifactorial feature analysis
(profile-based approach / sentiment analysis / content analysis)
Latent semantic analysis and vector space modelling
Conversation, discourse and gesture analysis

This information can be found at: www.dsglynn.univ-paris8.fr/corpus_semantics.html.

For further information:

Dylan Glynn (dglynnuniv-paris8.fr)
Guillaume Desagulier (gdesagulieruniv-paris8.fr)

Call for Abstracts:

Abstracts must be submitted twice. First a short abstract (300 words) will be submitted to the theme session convenors and second a longer abstract (500 words) will be submitted to the conference itself.

It is essential that the abstracts follow strict guideless for structure:

1. Introduce briefly the problem and question / hypothesis.
2. Summarise briefly the method and data employed to answer question / test hypothesis.
3. Summarise briefly the results or expected results.

Please submit abstracts in a modifiable file format such as .rtf, .doc, .docx or .odt

Submit abstracts to the convenors :

Dylan Glynn: dglynnuniv-paris8.fr
Guillaume Desagulier: gdesagulieruniv-paris8.fr


Short abstract for theme session: 20 November 2013
Acceptance to theme session: 25 November 2013
Longer abstract for SLE: 15 January 2014
Acceptance to SLE: 31 March 2014

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