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Wed Apr 20 2016

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

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Date: 20-Apr-2016
From: Graham Ranger <>
Subject: New Approaches to Corpus in English Linguistics
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New Approaches to Corpus in English Linguistics
Short Title: nacla1

Date: 09-Jun-2016 - 10-Jun-2016
Location: Avignon, France
Contact: Graham Ranger
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

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.

We will be pleased and honoured to welcome as our guest speakers Professors Lucie Gournay and Sebastian Hoffmann.

Lucie Gournay is Professor of Linguistics and director of a research group on linguistics and language-teaching didactics, within the laboratory EA IMAGER, at the University Paris-Est Créteil. She practises an enunciative approach to linguistics, oriented in particular towards contrastive questions. Professor Gournay will be considering corpus-building issues in the study of complex syntactic constructions.

Sebastian Hoffmann is Professor of English Linguistics at Trier University. His research predominantly focuses on the application of usage-based approaches to the study of language.He is a co-author of BNCweb, a user-friendly web-interface to the British National Corpus, which also forms the basis for his textbook publication /Corpus Linguistics with BNCweb – a Practical Guide /(Peter Lang, 2008; with S. Evert, N. Smith, D. Lee and Y. Berglund-Prytz).

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

Kohnen, Thomas. 2014. ''Speech Acts: a diachronic perspective'', in Corpus Pragmatics. A Handbook. Aijmer, K. and Rühlemann, C. (eds.), Cambridge University Press.
Computational Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Linguistics



NACLA1 aims to provide a space for dialogue between quantitative and qualitative approaches to data generated from linguistic corpora of English. The programme below groups together papers by topic area and the language in which the paper is given.

Conference programme

9 June 2016



Keynote speaker : Sebastian Hoffmann (Universität Trier) (0E32)

10h40-11h00 Coffee break

Contrastive approaches (0E32)

Antonina Bondarenko (Université Paris Diderot, CLILLAC-ARP)
Verbless Sentences: A corpus-based contrastive study

Laura Ascone (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, AGORA)
Action and interaction through the expression of emotions in CMC: a corpus analysis of chats by English, French and Italian native speakers

12h20-14h00 Lunch at the refectory

Parallel session 1 : Issues in corpus design (0E32)

Rossi Caroline (Université Grenoble Alpes, ILCEA4), Camille Biros (Université Grenoble Alpes, ILCEA4), Hélène Schmutz, Christophe Roncato
The case for environmental justice: tracking variation in do-it-yourself vs. web corpora

Almaged Sadiq (Swansea University)
Bringing in Harmony: Data Representativeness in Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis

Parallel session 2 : Markers in context (0E31)

Saghie Sharifzadeh (Université Paris-Sorbonne, CeLiSo)
DO auxiliaire + prédicats d'action : une propension nulle en anglais contemporain

14h40-15h20 Gilles Cloiseau (Université Orléans, LLL), François Nemo, Fanny Krimou
Corpus oraux, prosodie et linguistique pragmatique : l'exemple de « yes »

15h20-15h40 Coffee break

Acquisition (0E32)

Amandine Dumont (Université catholique de Louvain, Centre for English Corpus Linguistics)
A corpus-driven approach to native and learner spoken fluency: The contribution of pauses

Takeshi Okada (Tohoku University)
Toward EFL Learner Annotated Corpora: A New Markup Convention

19h30 Dinner in town

10 June 2016

Late registration

Keynote speaker : Lucie Gournay (Université Paris Est, IMAGER) (0E32)

10h40-11h00 Coffee break

Parallel session 3 : Tools and applications (0E32)

Guillaume Desagulier (Université Paris 8, UMR 7114 MoDyCo)
Solving long-standing semantic annotation issues with word vectors

11h40-12h20 Martin Weisser (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, CN National Key Research Center for Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)
The DART Annotation Scheme: Form, Application & Appliability

12h20-13h00 Emma Moreton (Coventry University), Rachele De Felice (University College, London)
Identifying speech acts in a corpus of historical migrant correspondence

Parallel session 4 : Discourse analysis, oral corpora (0E31)

11h00-11h40 Bonnot Charles (Université Paris Diderot, CLILLAC-ARP)
Etude quantitative des swearwords dans les documentaires musicaux : démarche heuristique, questions méthodologiques et limites théoriques

Ledouble Hélène (Université de Toulon, Babel), Emmanuel Marty (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
Analyse de la couverture médiatique des primaires américaines par ses quotidiens nationaux : une approche lexicométrique

Leonarduzzi Laetitia (Aix-Marseille Université, LPL), Sophie Herment (Aix-Marseille Université, LPL), Gabor Turcsan (Aix-Marseille Université, LPL)
Constitution et exploitation de corpus oraux : illustration

13h00-14h20 Lunch at the refectory

Parallel session 5 : Contrastive approaches (0E32)

Leszek Symanski (University of Zielona Gora)
The interrelation between the modal ''can'' and the grammatical aspect of the main verb in contemporary American English ? an empirical contribution to modality-aspect interaction studies.

Alena Krivikhina (Université Paris Diderot)
Vagueness in Diplomatic and Normative Texts: a Parallel and Comparable Corpora-Based Approach

Parallel session 6 : Corpus and affectivity (0E31)

Léo Muelle (Université Paris Diderot, CLILLAC-ARP)
A corpus-based approach to emotions and pseudonymity in Computer Mediated Communication

Jamie McKeown (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Affective Sentiment in the Non-Adoption of Transmedia Texts: A Corpus Based Investigation of Gender Difference

Closing session

Cultural visit of the Vaucluse Archives


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

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