[PLing] Final CfP: Grammar and Corpora 2016 at the IDS in Mannheim - DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 17, 2016

Stefan Michael Newerkla stefan.newerkla at univie.ac.at
Tue May 31 22:02:48 CEST 2016

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                     FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS for

                        Mannheim, Germany
                       9-11 November 2016
         EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstract submission: 17.06.2016

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 five invited keynotes, a poster
session, and four tutorials on multilingual corpora, web corpora,
visualization in R, and
the IDS corpus analysis platform KorAP. Conference languages are
English and German.


Anne Abeillé
(Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France)

Susan Conrad
(Portland State University, USA)

Anke Holler
(University of Göttingen, Germany)

John Nerbonne
(Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Holland / University of Freiburg, Germany)

Alexandr Rosen
(Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)


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.
- EXTENDED submission deadline: 17.06.2016

Submission Procedure:

1. Login at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gac2016
2. Enter your EasyChair username and password and log in.
3. If you do not have an EasyChair account, click on "create an
account" and fill out the form.
4. Click "New Submission" at the top left of the page.
5. By following the instructions, fill in the form, upload your
abstract (in English or in German) via "Uploads", and then submit.
6. After submitting your abstract successfully, you should receive an
e-mail from EasyChair
     that you have successfully submitted your abstract.


The conference fee is EUR 80 (on-site registration: EUR 90). Doctoral
students (on submission
of written confirmation of your status from your institution) and
participants experiencing currency
exchange difficulties are eligible for a reduced conference fee of EUR
50 (on-site registration: EUR 60).

The conference fee covers:

- participation in the conference
- conference materials
- refreshments during coffee breaks

Please note that the fee does not cover accommodation or meals other
than coffee breaks. Please
consult the PRACTICAL INFO section of the conference website for some
accommodation suggestions.

To register for *GaC 2016*, please complete the form at
Registration is valid after payment of the full conference fee to the
following bank account:

Recipient: IDS
Bank name: Commerzbank
IBAN: DE43 6708 0050 0694 9411 01

Please quote the keyword "GaC 2016", your given name and your family
name. Regrettably, we cannot
accept credit card payments at this time. If you have any questions,
please contact the organising
committee at gac2016 at easychair.org.


Programme Committee:

      Anette Frank (Heidelberg)
      Marc Kupietz (IDS Mannheim)
      Milena Hebal-Jezierska (Warsaw)
      Elżbieta Kaczmarska (Warsaw)
      Christian Mair (Freiburg)
      John Nerbonne (Groningen / Freiburg)
      Achim Stein (Stuttgart)
      František Štícha (Prague)
      Angelika Wöllstein (IDS Mannheim)

Organising Committee:

      Eric Fuß (IDS Mannheim)
      Marek Konopka (IDS Mannheim)
      Beata Trawiński (IDS Mannheim)
      Ulrich H. Waßner (IDS Mannheim)


Contact Person:  Beata Trawinski
E-Mail:          gac2016 at easychair.org

Mailing Address: Institut für Deutsche Sprache
                  R 5, 6-13
                  D-68161 Mannheim

WWW:             http://gac2016.ids-mannheim.de

17.06.2016:     EXTENDED deadline for abstract submission
15.07.2016:     Notification of acceptance
08.11.2016      Tutorials
09.-11.11.2016: Conference


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