LINGUIST List 27.688

Fri Feb 05 2016

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

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 05-Feb-2016
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: 09-Jun-2016 - 10-Jun-2016
Location: Avignon, France
Contact Person: Graham Ranger
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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.

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

Final Call for Papers:

Proposals for presentations can be submitted via the conference website:

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