CfP Workshop on frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs; Leipzig, Aug. 12-13, 2013

Frank Seifart frank_seifart at EVA.MPG.DE
Fri Nov 16 11:43:40 UTC 2012

Call for papers

The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs in discourse

An international workshop

Leipzig, August 12-13, 2013

The ratio of noun, pronoun, and verb tokens in discourse varies both 
within and across languages. This variation may be related to a host of 
factors. For instance, cross-linguistic differences may be due to 
typological factors such as the syntax and morphology of grammatical 
relations, or differences in cultural traditions. Variation within 
languages may be related to, e.g., patterns in content choice, narrative 
strategies, genre, or stages in language acquisition.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars interested in any 
aspect of the frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs from disciplines 
such as corpus linguistics, typology, language acquisition, cognitive 
linguistics, genre studies, stylistics, and others. We invite abstracts 
for cross-linguistic papers as well as studies on individual languages, 
and papers that focus on methodology.

Invited speakers:
Wallace Chafe (UC Santa Barbara)
Stefan Evert (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

The workshop will include a special session to discuss among the 
participants future directions of cross-disciplinary corpus-based 
research on relative frequencies of parts of speech.

The workshop is organized by the project "The relative frequencies of 
nouns, pronouns, and verbs cross-linguistically" 
(, which 
is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation's DoBeS Program 

The workshop will be held adjacent to the Association for Linguistic 
Typology's 10th Biennial Conference (ALT 10), also in Leipzig 

Abstract submission:

Abstracts for 30-minutes talks (plus 10 minutes discussion time) should 
have a maximum length of 500 words or one single-spaced page and be 
submitted as anonymized pdf files sent as Email attachments to 
frank_seifart at Please specify in the Email body the authors' 
name(s), contact information (Email, phone, fax), and the abstract title.

Deadline for abstract submission: January 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2013


Frank Seifart
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics
Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Phone:    +49 (0) 341 35 50 325

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