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Mon Dec 07 2015

FYI: Call for Papers: Corpus n°15 - New Calendar

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 07-Dec-2015
From: Marion Bendinelli <>
Subject: Call for Papers: Corpus n°15 - New Calendar
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Dear colleagues,
Please find below a brief presentation of the current call for papers of the review Corpus for its 15th issue ''Segments and textual sequences: methodology and characterization'' to be published in January 2017 . You'll find the full version of the call here attached or on the review website.

Corpus n°15 - Segments and textual sequences: methodology and characterization
This new issue of Corpus aims to study more or less fixed lexico-grammatical structures (from now on called SEGMENTS) that, according to the theoretical branches, periods and definitory properties taken on, are named (non-exhaustive list): phraseological units or phraseologies, semi-preconstructed phrases (Sinclair 1991), lexical or grammatical collocations (Firth 1957, Halliday 1961), collocational frameworks (Renouf & Sinclair 1991), lexical or textual colligations (Hoey 2005), repeated segments (Salem 1986) and repeated quasi-segments (Bécue 1996), motifs (Longrée & Mellet 2012), extended lexical units (Sinclair 2004), formulaic sequences (Biber 2009), discursive routines (Née, Sitri, Veniard 2014), lexical matrix (Anscombre 2011), patterns (Hunston & Francis 2000), constructions (Fillmore 1988 ; Bouveret & Legallois 2012 for French), prefabricated constructions (Schmale 2013),etc.

These non-synonymic objects share some characteristics: all postulate the existence of a prefabricated structure combining two or more units (lexemes, morphemes, parts of speech, prosodic contours, etc.) which may or may not be located on the same linguistic level; the meaning of the structure can vary along a continuum, from non-compositionality (i.e., the meaning cannot be deduced from its constituents) to compositionality, and its realization can be subject to lexical and/or morpho-syntactic variations. The prefabricated nature of the SEGMENTS may rest on linguistic mechanisms (phonology, prosody, semantics, morpho-syntax, enunciation) and/or discursive phenomena: discursive moves, pragmatic sequences, informational structure of successive utterances, cohesive structure of texts.

Studying segments implies going beyond the traditional analytic scope of semantics and syntax in order to potentially achieve all linguistic levels. Salah Mejri has already adopted this point of view and he examines, in the 53rd issue of Linx, the degree of fixedness. He concludes that « fixedness covers the whole field of linguistics. As a general and invariable phenomenon, it requires checking the whole syntax, semantics and discourse analysis » [online - our translation]. More recently, the degree of fixedness is the premise of Dominique Legallois and Agnès Tutin who consider that the increasing number of objects studied in phraseology reveals « a phraseological turning point of linguistics and an expansion of the field of phraseology » (2013 : 19 - our translation). We would like to favour in this issue two research directions, and if possible confront them: (1) are computer-assisted methods (lexicometry, textometry, logometry, natural language processing, data mining) able to detect SEGMENTS in a corpus, and how? (2) which new perspective(s) does text linguistics offer to the analysis of SEGMENTS, with the subsequent question: do SEGMENTS structure textual sequences?

Submission modalities:

Long abstracts (two pages) should be sent as Word and PDF documents attached to the message before February 15th 2016 at>. They should include a presentation of the project, the data and the methodology as well as a short bibliography.
Selected submissions will be sent in their full version by July 1st 2016 in accordance with Corpusstyle sheet (see website > Consignes aux auteurs).

Submission deadline (new calendar):

September 15 2015: call for papers
February 15 2016: submission of long abstracts for selection together with a letter of intent
February 29 2016: notification of acceptance
July 1 2016: submission of articles (full version)
November 15 2016: final version for edition purpose
January 15 2017: issue of Corpus n°15 (paper version)
June 15 2017: issue of Corpus n°15 (online version)

Marion Bendinelli
Université de Franche-Comté
30-32 rue Mégevand
25000 Besançon

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Lexicography; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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