Workshop as part of the Annual Meeting of the DGfS (German Linguistics Society)
in Saarbrücken, Germany, March 8-10, 2017
Register in Linguistic Theory: Modeling Functional Variation
Call for Papers
This workshop deals with the variationist modelling of register variation. The term register is used here to describe a variety of a language that is associated with particular functional or situational features, thus describing intra-speaker variation. Beginning with Labov’s (1966) seminal study, a large body of work on social, geographic, or historical variation exists, but register remains an understudied dimension of variation. Yet, its study is necessary to complement the notion of the (invariant) linguistic competence of an idealized speaker/hearer, as speakers clearly vary their behavior qualitatively and quantitatively in different circumstances.
This workshop adopts a variationist approach (Labov 1966) to the study of register. Variation exists on each linguistic level (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, etc.). The essential idea of this method is that an abstract variable (V) can be expressed by different concrete variants (a, b, c, d, ….), e.g. one phoneme can be expressed by different allophones. Based on this methodology, registers can be identified statistically in a bottom-up manner: Their properties are reflected in the intercorrelation matrix with regard to a previously defined set of functionally relevant linguistic variables (Biber 1995).
We welcome contributions that build on qualitative and quantitative analysis of empirical data (corpora, elicitation, experiments, etc.) and that address at least one of the following questions: (a) How do individuals vary their linguistic behavior in different functional settings as speakers, and what kind of variation do they expect as hearers? (b) Which factors influence which aspects of this variation? (c) What do people know, implicitly and explicitly, about how to behave linguistically in a given situation? (d) How is register knowledge acquired? (e) How can register variation be modeled in linguistic theory? (f) How does register variation lead to language change? (g) Are there general principles underlying register variation across languages?
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Department of Linguistics, KU Leuven
Anke Lüdeling, HU Berlin
Aria Adli, University of Cologne
Authors should submit 1 page abstracts (including references) in a 12 point font (e.g. Times New Roman) to register-dgfs2017 at uni-koeln.de. References should be formatted according to the APA guidelines. Talks will be given 30 or 60 minute slots including discussion, depending on the program. Please specify your preferred length in your submission. The workshop language is English for both abstracts and talks. According to DGfS regulations, speakers can only present a paper in one workshop.
- Submission of abstracts: 31.08.2016
- Notification of acceptance: 10.09.2016
- Workshop: 07-10.03.2017