Mannheim, Germany
9-11 November 2016
Deadline for abstract submission: 31.05.2016

The organising committee of *GaC 2016* is pleased to invite
contributions to the sixth
international conference *Grammar and Corpora*, to be held at the
Institute for the German
Language in Mannheim on 9-11 November 2016.

In recent years, the availability of large annotated and searchable
corpora, together
with a new interest in the empirical foundation and validation of
linguistic theory and
description has sparked a surge of novel and interesting work using
corpus methods to
study the grammar of natural languages. However, a look at relevant
current research on
the grammar of German, English, or the Romance and Slavic languages
reveals a variety of
different theoretical approaches and empirical foci which can be
traced back to different
philological and linguistic traditions. Still, this state of affairs
should not be seen as
an obstacle but arguably provides an ideal basis for a fruitful
exchange of ideas between
different research paradigms.

In addition to deepening our knowledge and understanding of individual
corpus-oriented work on grammar has wider implications that concern
methodological as
well as theoretical aspects. Relevant topics and research questions
concern e.g. annotation
schemata for (larger) syntactic units and syntactic relations, the
increased use of (advanced)
statistical methods and models in linguistics, the relation and
boundary between grammar and
discourse, and more generally the interface between corpus linguistics
and linguistic theory.

We welcome submissions that explore the use of corpus methods in the
description and theoretical
analysis of the grammar of natural languages. Focal areas of interest
include, but are not limited to:

1. Corpus-based studies on the grammar of Germanic, Romance and Slavic

— The use of (large) corpora in the description of patterns of grammar
from both
a language-specific and a contrastive/cross-linguistic perspective
— The identification and formal modelling of (different types of)
synchronic linguistic variation
using corpus methods
— New insights into the connection between linguistic variation and
change made available
by inspecting ???language change in progress??? in large corpora
— The use of advanced corpus-linguistic and statistical methods in
historical linguistics
as a means to compensate for the relative scarcity of data

2. Theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to corpus-oriented
research on grammar:

— Tools, methods and techniques in corpus assembly, annotation and analysis
— The interaction between corpus linguistics and computational linguistics
— The interaction between corpus linguistics and linguistic theory
— The use of statistical and quantitative methods in detecting
patterns of grammar
— The impact of corpus-based vs. corpus-driven approaches on our
view/understanding of grammar

A subset of these issues will be the focus of several invited
keynotes, a number of tutorials
on applied corpus linguistic, statistical and computational tools and
techniques, and of a poster
session. Conference languages are English and German.


We invite submissions for 25-minute oral presentations (plus 10
minutes for discussion) and for
poster presentations. Abstracts should clearly present a specific
thesis statement and include
a description of the topic, approach, and conclusions. All submissions
will be reviewed anonymously
by at least two reviewers.

Submissions must comply with the following guidelines:

— They must remain fully anonymous.
— They should be no more than 1 page written in 12 point Times New
Roman font with up to
1 additional page for data, figures and references.
— They must be submitted as a PDF file.
— All abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair system.
— Submission deadline: 31.05.2016


31.05.2016:     Deadline for abstract submission
15.07.2016:     Notification of acceptance
09.-11.11.2016: Conference


Об авторе Лидия Пивоварова

СПбГУ - старший преподаватель, University of Helsinki - PhD student
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