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Thu Aug 15 2019

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Language Documentation, Typology/Germany

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Date: 14-Aug-2019
From: Geoffrey Haig <>
Subject: Corpus-based Typology: Spoken Language from a Cross-linguistic Perspective
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Full Title: Corpus-based Typology: Spoken Language from a Cross-linguistic Perspective

Date: 04-Mar-2020 - 06-Mar-2020
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact Person: Geoffrey Haig
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Language Documentation; Typology

Call Deadline: 03-Sep-2019

Meeting Description:

Workshop (''Kurz-AG 10'') is organized as part of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held at the University of Hamburg, Germany, March 4-6, 2020. The workshop itself takes place 4-5 March, 2020.

Call for Papers:


Linguistic typology has traditionally taken the ''language'' as a unit of comparison, and compared these units on the basis of features extracted from grammatical descriptions. A complementary approach involves harnessing recent developments in corpus linguistics and variationist sociolinguistics to the analysis of cross-linguistic data. This approach, loosely termed corpus-based typology, deals with probabilistic generalizations drawn from observed language use recorded in corpora, and its object of study is a population of utterances, rather than languages as holistic artefacts (cf. Wälchli 2009 for justification). While research drawing on written corpus data has become increasingly influential in linguistic typology (Haspelmath et al 2014, see esp. the cross-linguistic Universal Treebank initiative,, critical discussion in Osborne & Gerdes 2019), in this workshop we are interested in specific properties of spoken language as the ontologically primary type of linguistic performance, including prosodic structuring and partitioning, speech rate, interactivity and intersubjectivity, requirements of online processing, and the process of first-language acquisition, among others. A particular challenge to date consists in rendering this kind of data amenable to systematic investigation across corpora from diverse languages.

Invited Speakers:

Nicholas Evans (Australian National University & Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language)
Frank Seifart (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin)

A limited number of slots is available for oral presentations (20mins talk + 10 discussion), with either an empirical or theoretical focus on spoken language research with a clearly cross-linguistic perspective. Abstracts must not exceed one page, including examples, figures and references. Please submit your abstract in PDF format, with 1 inch margins on all sides and 12 point font size.
Please note that the regulations of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS) do not allow that workshop participants present two or more papers in the same or different workshops. It is possible to be a co-author on more than one abstract.

Abstracts should be submitted as email attachments to, with ''DGFS2020 WORKSHOP ABSTRACT'' in the subject line.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: September 3, 2019
Notification of acceptance: 10th September, 2019
Workshop: March 4-5, 2020
For any questions, please contact the organizers or


Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2014. Asymmetries in the prosodic phrasing of function words: Another look at the suffixing preference. Language 90(4). 927-960. (DOI: 10.1353/lan.2014.0105/)
Haspelmath, Martin & Calude, Andreea & Spagnol, Michael & Narrog, Heiko & Bamyacı, Elif. 2014. Coding causal-noncausal verb alternations: A form-frequency correspondence explanation. Journal of Linguistics 50(3). 587-625. (DOI: 10.1017/S0022226714000255)
Levinson, Stephen C. 2013. Recursion in pragmatics. Language, 89, 149-162. doi:10.1353/lan.2013.0005
Osborne, T., & Gerdes, K. 2019. The status of function words in dependency grammar: A critique of Universal Dependencies (UD). Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1), 17. DOI:
Wälchli, Bernhard. 2009. Data reduction typology and the bimodal distribution bias. Linguistic Typology 13: 77-94.

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