Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory

Papers from the Twentieth International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 20) Freiburg im Breisgau 1999


Volume Editors: Christian Mair and Marianne Hundt
From being the occupation of a marginal (and frequently marginalised) group of researchers, the linguistic analysis of machine-readable language corpora has moved to the mainstream of research on the English language. In this process an impressive body of results has accumulated which, over and above the intrinsic descriptive interest it holds for students of the English language, forces a major and systematic re-thinking of foundational issues in linguistic theory. Corpus linguistics and linguistic theory was accordingly chosen as the motto for the twentieth annual gathering of ICAME, the International Computer Archive of Modern/ Medieval English, which was hosted by the University of Freiburg (Germany) in 1999. The present volume, which presents selected papers from this conference, thus builds on previous successful work in the computer-aided description of English and at the same time represents an attempt at stock-taking and methodological reflection in a linguistic subdiscipline that has clearly come of age.
Contributions cover all levels of linguistic description - from phonology/ prosody, through grammar and semantics to discourse-analytical issues such as genre or gender-specific linguistic usage. They are united by a desire to further the dialogue between the corpus-linguistic community and researchers working in other traditions. Thereby, the atmosphere ranges from undisguised skepticism (as expressed by Noam Chomsky in an interview which is part of the opening contribution by Bas Aarts) to empirically substantiated optimism (as, for example, in Bernadette Vine's significantly titled contribution Getting things done).

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MAIR/HUNDT: Introduction
Bas AARTS : Corpus linguistics, Chomsky and Fuzzy Tree Fragments
Bengt ALTENBERG and Karin AIJMER: The English-Swedish Parallel Corpus: a resource for contrastive research and translation studies
Ylva BERGLUND: Gonna and going to in the spoken component of the British National Corpus
Sylvie DE COCK: Repetitive phrasal chunkiness and advanced EFL speech and writing
Pieter DE HAAN: Tagging non-native English with the TOSCA-ICLE tagger
Inge DE MONNINK: Parsing a learner corpus?
Jürgen ESSER: Corpus linguistics and the linguistic sign
Maria ESTLING: Competition in the wastebasket: A study of constructions with all, both and half
Roberta FACCHINETTI: Be able to in Present-day British English
Angela HAHN, Sabine REICH and Josef SCHMIED : Aspect in the Chemnitz Internet Grammar
Janet HOLMES: Ladies and gentlemen: corpus analysis and linguistic sexism
Gunther KALTENBöCK: It-extraposition and non-extraposition in English discourse
Thomas KOHNEN: Corpora and speech acts: The study of performatives
Uta LENK: Stabilized expressions in spoken discourse: Worth our time?
H. LINDQUIST, M. LEVIN: Apples and oranges: On comparing data from different corpora
Manfred MARKUS: Wherefore therefore: Causal connectives in Middle English prose as opposed to Present Day English
Oliver MASON: A developer's view of corpus linguistics: The CUE system
Anneli MEURMAN-SOLIN: Prepositional ditransitive types of verb complementation
Ilka MINDT: Prosodic cues at speaker turns
Tore NILSSON: Noun Phrases in British Travel Texts
Nelleke OOSTDIJK: Towards a model for the description of language use
Minna PALANDER-COLLIN: The language of husbands and wives in seventeenth-century correspondence
Pam PETERS: Paradigm Split
Norbert SCHLÜTER: The present perfect in British and American English: selected results of an empirical analysis
Kristina SCHNEIDER: Popular and Quality Papers in the Rostock Historical Newspaper Corpus
Paul SKANDERA: Research into idioms and the International Corpus of English
Mikael SVENSSON: Sentence openings and textual progression in English and Swedish
Bernadette VINE: Getting things done: Some practical issues in a functional investigation of directives in spoken extracts from the New Zealand and British components of the International Corpus of English
Terry WALKER: The choice of second person singular pronouns in authentic and constructed dialogue in late sixteenth century English
Keith WILLIAMSON: Lexico-grammatical Tags and the Phonetic and Syntactic Analysis of Medieval Texts