24.5368, Calls: Historical Ling, Ling Theories, Semantics, Socioling, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Poland

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Subject: 24.5368, Calls: Historical Ling, Ling Theories, Semantics, Socioling, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Poland

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Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:35:01
From: Martin Hilpert [martin.hilpert at unine.ch]
Subject: From Methodology Back to Theory

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Full Title: From Methodology Back to Theory 

Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Location: PoznaƄ, Poland 
Contact Person: Martin Hilpert
Meeting Email: martin.hilpert at unine.ch

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2014 

Meeting Description:

Theme session at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica 
Europaea 
11-14 September 2014, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

Title: From methodology back to theory: How do current empirical methods 
feed back into linguistic theory?

Recent work in cognitive-functional linguistics has increasingly turned 
towards a usage-based understanding of language, and it treats its 
object of study as heterogeneous, usage-conditioned, semantically 
motivated, and context-dependent (e.g., Geeraerts 2010). Given these 
assumptions, variation and change, along dimensions such as semantic 
structure, sense relations, grammatical patterns, or socio-cultural 
and contextual profiling, constitute an inherent characteristic of language. 
This development has brought with it the adoption of variationist 
corpus methods, which yield descriptively precise, predictive, and falsifiable 
findings. The proposed theme session addresses the 
question how these methodological innovations feed back into cognitive-
functional theory. Are the empirical results being taken up to 
refine theoretical notions, or to rethink linguistic concepts? 

The organizers of this theme session hold that the answer to this question is 
in the affirmative. The empirical tools currently employed in 
usage-based linguistics are extensive and have been successfully applied in 
synchronic and diachronic variational linguistics (e.g., 
Geeraerts et al. 1994; Heylen 2005; Gries 2006; Divjak & Gries 2006; Gries 
and Hilpert 2008, 2010; Hilpert 2008, 2011, 2013; Hilpert and 
Gries 2009; Glynn 2009, 2010; Divjak 2010; Szmrecsanyi 2013; Fabiszak et 
al. 2013). Methods such as Correspondence Analysis (Glynn 
In press), Cluster Analysis (Divjak & Fieller In press), Multidimensional 
Scaling (Cox & Cox 2001), Motion Charts (Hilpert 2011), Logistic 
Regression Analysis (Speelman In press) are well-suited to address many of 
the open questions in usage-based linguistics: What is the 
exact role of frequency and repetition? How is knowledge of abstract 
syntactic constructions organized? How do we model lexical 
variation in a usage-based, socio-cognitive framework? What is the relation 
between conceptual structure and socio-cultural profiling? 
Questions such as these are commonly touched on by empirical studies, but 
perhaps the link to theoretical issues could be stressed 
more prominently than it has been done to date.

UPDATE (Dec 20, 2013)

The theme session has been accepted!

Further contributions to the theme sessions are invited! Please submit your 
abstracts before Jan 15, 2014, not to the theme session convenors, but directly 
via the SLE webpage:

http://www.sle2014.eu/call-for-papers

The abstracts will be evaluated by the SLE scientific committee and the theme 
session convenors.







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