[PLing] 1st CfP: Grammar and Corpora 2016 at the IDS in Mannheim

Stefan Michael Newerkla stefan.newerkla at univie.ac.at
Wed Mar 16 17:37:27 CET 2016

Dear Slavists and Linguists,

I would like to draw your attention to the following conference to be 
held at the Institute for the German Language (IDS) in Mannheim 
(Germany) in November 2016: http://gac2016.ids-mannheim.de
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31, 2016.

Best regards,
Beata Trawiński
(on behalf of the Organizing Committee)

**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 <http://www1.ids-mannheim.de/> 
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 
languages, 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
      * The interaction between corpus linguistics and computational
      * 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.

*News and Events*

        Important Dates

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

        Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  * Anne Abeillé <http://www.llf.cnrs.fr/fr/Gens/Abeille>
    (Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France)
  * Susan Conrad <http://web.pdx.edu/%7Econrads>
    (Portland State University, USA)
  * Anke Holler <https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/67028.html>
    (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  * Alexandr Rosen <http://utkl.ff.cuni.cz/%7Erosen/>
    (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

*SUBMISSIONS* <http://gac2016.ids-mannheim.de/submissions.shtml>

*REGISTRATION* <http://gac2016.ids-mannheim.de/registration.shtml>*
COMMITTEES <http://gac2016.ids-mannheim.de/committees.shtml>**
PRACTICAL INFO <http://gac2016.ids-mannheim.de/cfp.shtml>**
CONTACT <http://gac2016.ids-mannheim.de/contact.shtml>*

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