Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca - CLAVIER
Corpus Linguistics and Language Variation
Modena, 5-7 November 2009
Call for Papers
Corpora – principled collections of data in electronic format – have emerged over the last decades as a powerful analytical tool both in applied and theoretical linguistics. They have turned out of particularly significant importance in studies on language variation and language varieties. Indeed, the wealth and amount of data made available through corpus compilation and query tools have increasingly enabled researchers to explore differences across spoken and written discourse, social, diachronic and geographic varieties, age groups, gender, idiolects, etc. The widening of studies on language variation and language varieties, however, still calls for discussion on significant methodological issues, which pose, among others, the following questions: What are the major methodological problems in the research field? What is the role of the comparative perspective? Which tools and methodology best suit research?
The conference intends to focus on such issues in order to provide a better definition of the concepts under investigation and bring together significant and innovative contributions in what is now understood as a widely researched area, thus presenting new tools and perspectives to be investigated. This is also the main general objective of the CLAVIER research group (Corpus and Language Variation Research Group), a research centre recently founded by the Universities of Bergamo, Firenze, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Roma “La Sapienza”, and Siena, and currently based in Modena. The point of departure is the invaluable contribution of two complementary strands of linguistic investigation - corpus analysis and discourse analysis – to research on language variation in English, both in quantitative and qualitative terms.
One of the purposes of the 2009 CLAVIER conference is to reinforce national and international cooperation with scholars and research centres that can widen and complement the interest in language variation currently driving research at the centre.
Udo Fries (University of Zürich) Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki) Josef Schmied (University of Chemnitz) Geoffrey Williams (University of Bretagne-Sud)
We would like to bring together different perspectives on language variation and use. Plenaries and papers will aim at giving a special insight into the following topics:
a. using historical corpora to investigate diachronic language variation b. using corpora as an innovative tool in exploring geographic varieties c. corpus linguistics in the investigation of non-native language use in professional settings d. corpus linguistics tools, special languages, and specialist lexicography.
Contributions concerning other topics will also be accepted on condition that they are relevant to the special theme of the Conference.
The conference will start early in the afternoon on the first day and close around lunchtime on the third day. It will be immediately preceded by a pre-conference workshop on specialist lexicography organized by the Modena Lexi-Term research group. Conference participants are welcome to join the workshop.
Presentation Guidelines Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion Time will be allotted for a poster session. Working Language: English
Abstract Submission Please send your anonymous abstract totalling no more than 500 words by June 30th 2009 to the following address: clavier09 at unimore.it
Please do not include any self-identifying information on the abstract; indicate only the title and the abstract itself. On a separate cover sheet, include:
Title: Format: (paper/ poster) Author(s): Affiliation(s): Postal mailing address (for primary author): E-mail (for primary author):
Important dates June 30th, 2009: Deadline for receipt of abstracts July 20th, 2009: Notifications of acceptance/rejection September 10th, 2009: Programme
Further information will be made available soon on the conference website: http://www.sltt.unimore.it/clavier09 http://www.sltt.unimore.it/on-line/Home/CLAVIER09Conference.html Organizing committee Marina Bondi - Silvia Cacchiani - Silvia Cavalieri - Giuliana Diani - Giuseppe Palumbo
Scientific Committee Julia Bamford (Napoli) - Marina Bondi (Modena e Reggio Emilia) - Gabriella Del Lungo (Firenze) - Marina Dossena (Bergamo) - Rita Salvi (Roma) – Elena Tognini Bonelli (Siena)