LINGUIST List 26.5024

Tue Nov 10 2015

Calls: English, Computational Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/France

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 10-Nov-2015
From: Graham Ranger <>
Subject: New Approaches to Corpus in English Linguistics
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Full Title: New Approaches to Corpus in English Linguistics
Short Title: nacla1

Date: 02-Jun-2016 - 03-Jun-2017
Location: Avignon, France
Contact Person: Graham Ranger
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 29-Feb-2016

Meeting Description:

It is historically the case that linguists interested in pragmatic phenomena -- whether in terms of speech act theory, relevance theory, argumentation, enunciation, etc. -- have not always made use of corpora or, when they have done so, have used them in a spirit of ''illustrative eclecticism'' (Kohnen 2015:56), drawing on genuine examples to illustrate a theoretical perspective. In recent years various semasiological approaches have considered how the apparent polysemies of a given marker can be fruitfully explained in terms of complex configurations, as the postulated semantic potentials of cooccurring items interact to generate contextually situated values. Such an approach opens new perspectives for quantitative exploitation of corpus material in theories which have traditionally stressed qualitative analysis of a limited number of cases. The technology of corpus enquiry now enables us to conduct sophisticated searches in terms of collocational affinities, bearing on data which can -- according to how the corpus is tagged and marked up -- involve linguistic and paralinguistic features both (pauses, overlaps, speakers' identities, textual genres etc.).

The aim of the present conference is therefore to investigate the usefulness and relevance of the quantitative analysis of corpus data of English and Englishes, in those areas of linguistic research where a more qualitative, fine-grained approach has traditionally prevailed. Issues addressed might include:

- Semantico-pragmatic profiling of specific markers or configurations of markers via quantitative corpus-based data
- Preprocessing requirements on corpora with a view to such research, i.e. specific or ad hoc tagging or mark up conventions
- Types of corpus enquiry, tools, syntax and/or algorithms relevant to such research

In keeping with the programme of our local research group Identité Culturelle, Textes et Théâtralité, studies that address issues of corpus approaches to linguistic identities are also encouraged.

Call for Papers:

Conference languages: English and French

Anonymous submissions for a 30' presentation should include a title, a short bibliography of no more than ten references and a text of approximately 400 words indicating the theoretical framework, the aims and methods of the study.

Submissions are made by file upload via the conference website. First you will need to create an account on, if you do not already have one, then click on ''Submissions'' then ''Submit an abstract''. Each submission will receive two anonymous reviews the results of which will be communicated before 31 March 2016. Should you encounter any problems, send an email to the ''Contact'' address via the menu on the left.

The final date for submissions is set at 29 February 2016.

A registration fee of 30 euros is required. This will cover -- among other things -- two lunches and one evening meal in town.

Supported by ICTT EA 4277 and the Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse

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