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Full Title: Relative Frequencies of Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs in Discourse

Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 12-Aug-2013 - 13-Aug-2013
Contact: Frank Seifart
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/conference/2013_NTVR/
Meeting Description: Relative Frequencies of Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs in Discourse
An International Workshop
August 12-13, 2013
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

The ratio of noun, pronoun, and verb tokens in discourse varies both within and across languages. This variation may be related to a host of factors. For instance, cross-linguistic differences may be due to typological factors such as the syntax and morphology of grammatical relations, or differences in cultural traditions. Variation within languages may be related to, e.g., patterns in content choice, narrative strategies, genre, or stages in language acquisition.

Invited Speakers:

Wallace Chafe (UC Santa Barbara)
Stefan Evert (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

The workshop will include a special session to discuss among the participants future directions of cross-disciplinary corpus-based research on relative frequencies of parts of speech.

The workshop is organized by the project ‘The Relative Frequencies of Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs Cross-linguistically’ (http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/research/relative-frequencies.php), which is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation’s DoBeS Program (http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en/funding/completed-initiatives/documentation-of-endangered-languages.html).

The workshop will be held adjacent to the Association for Linguistic Typology’s 10th Biennial Conference (ALT 10), also in Leipzig (http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/conference/2013_ALT10).
Linguistic Subfield: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 24.134

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