[Corpora-List] Call for papers - “Styling: Big and Small Data in Corpus Stylistics” pre-conference workshop at Corpus Linguistics 2017, reminder deadline

Anna Čermáková annacermak at gmail.com
Mon Apr 3 13:18:59 CEST 2017

Call for papers

“Styling: Big and Small Data in Corpus Stylistics”

pre-conference workshop at Corpus Linguistics 2017, Birmingham

(July 24, 2017, convenors: Beatrix Busse & Anna Čermáková)

The deadline for abstract submission is April 17, 2017!

Corpus stylistics is grounded in corpus linguistic methods that are applied to the linguistic study of literary texts in order to – if possible – measure and describe (quantitatively and qualitatively) meaningful stylistic patterns and to chart the effect these have on readers. It seems difficult to pinpoint what makes a text ‘literary’ or ‘fictitious’, and in stylistics, a cline of literariness has been suggested which allows us to understand the term “literary” in its broadest sense and as a category to be explored in its own right. The field of stylistics itself is equally heterogeneous, a bridge between linguistic and literary studies and analyses.

Literary (and other) texts can be studied as individual texts, collections of texts, as texts on a discourse level and more frequently, with the development of digital humanities well under way, as very large collections of texts in order to chart patterned behaviour of stylistic features. We may study literary texts from various perspectives taking into account e.g. variables of time and space.

In his PALA-2003 keynote speech, John Sinclair drew our attention to a challenge of (corpus) stylistic investigation that is still very much prevalent: there is “no theory to explain how the patterns relate to meaning, no guarantee that the same patterns in another text will create the same effects, no detailed, comprehensive descriptive apparatus that is flexible enough to accommodate the extremely varied language of literature”. Stylistic description rests on sensitive interpretation and is essentially *ad hoc *and until recently small-scale. With the development of corpus methodology this is not necessarily the case anymore. The increasing complexity that the field of digital humanities is now offering in terms of available data opens up new research possibilities, which require innovative methodological approaches, both quantitative and qualitative.

The workshop will address various research and methodological questions currently being explored in corpus stylistics from a variety of angles. It also welcomes any new, approaches, going beyond the state-of-the-art. The topics may focus (but are not limited to), e.g.:

• how are literary effects created linguistically?, can these be measured quantitatively and qualitatively?,

• what are the stylistic differences between genres/authors/periods?,

• how can corpus stylistics contribute to characterisation in (literary) texts?,

• literary translation and cross-linguistically comparative analysis,

• cognitive approaches and the reading experience,

• ideology and manipulation in text.

The workshop will also welcome any corpus software presentations that are designed to support empirical analysis of literary texts.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Abstracts should contain the following elements:

- A clear indication of your aims and research questions

- An explanation of your methodology and analytical framework

- An indication of your emerging results and conclusions

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words (excluding references) and should be sent as email attachments directly to the workshop convenors ( anna.cermakova at ff.cuni.cz, beatrix.busse at as.uni-heidelberg.de), titled ‘CL 2017Surname’. Please ensure that you also include your name, academic affiliation, and email address.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 17, 2017. The notification of acceptance will be sent out by May 10.

Mgr. Anna Čermáková PhD. Ústav Českého národního korpusu / Institute of the Czech National Corpus FFUK / Charles University, Prague {anna.cermakova at ff.cuni.cz} {+420 221 619 846} -------------- next part -------------- A non-text attachment was scrubbed... Name: not available Type: text/html Size: 11741 bytes Desc: not available URL: <https://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/attachments/20170403/6a69710d/attachment.txt>

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