The 8th International Conference


Kraków, Poland

Keynote speakers:

Dagmar Divjak

Jan Rybicki

Benedikt Szmrecsanyi

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Call for Papers

In the recent years, the availability of large annotated and searchable corpora, together with a new interest in the empirical foundation and validation of linguistic theory and description, has sparked a surge of novel and interesting work using corpus methods to study the grammar of natural languages. However, a look at the relevant research on the grammars of English, as well as other Germanic, Romance or Slavic languages which is currently available, reveals a variety of different theoretical approaches and empirical foci, which can be traced back to different philological and linguistic traditions. Still, this state of affairs should not be seen as an obstacle; it arguably provides an ideal basis for a fruitful exchange of ideas between different research paradigms.

In addition to deepening our knowledge and understanding of individual languages, corpus-oriented work on grammar has wider implications, concerning methodological as well as theoretical aspects. Relevant topics and research questions include e.g. annotation schemata for (larger) syntactic units and syntactic relations, the increased use of (advanced) statistical methods and models in linguistics, the relation and boundary between grammar and discourse, and more generally the interface between corpus linguistics and linguistic theory.

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Important Dates

New deadline for abstract submission: 4 May 2020
Notification of acceptance: 6 June 2020
Registration deadline: 15 July 2020
Conference: 25-27 November 2020

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We welcome submissions that explore the use of corpus methods in the description and theoretical analysis of the grammar of natural languages. Focal areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Corpus-based studies on the grammar of natural languages, with the focus on Slavic, Germanic and Romance, however contributions pertaining other languages are welcome:
    • The use of (large) corpora in the description of patterns of grammar from both a language-specific and a contrastive/cross-linguistic perspective
    • The identification and formal modelling of (different types of) synchronic linguistic variation using corpus methods
    • New insights into the connection between linguistic variation and change made available by inspecting “language change in progress” in large corpora
    • The use of advanced corpus-linguistic and statistical methods in historical linguistics as a means to compensate for the relative scarcity of data
  • Theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to corpus-oriented research on grammar:
    • Tools, methods and techniques in corpus assembly, annotation and analysis
    • The interaction between corpus linguistics and computational linguistics
    • The interaction between corpus linguistics and linguistic theory
    • The use of statistical and quantitative methods in detecting patterns of grammar
    • The impact of corpus-based vs. corpus-driven approaches on our view/understanding of grammar

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We invite submissions for 20-minute oral presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should clearly present a specific thesis statement and include a description of the topic, approach, and conclusions. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers.

Submissions must comply with the following guidelines:

  • They must remain fully anonymous.
  • They should 250-500 words in length (excluding references).
  • They must be submitted as a PDF file.
  • All abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair system.
  • Submission deadline: 4 May 2020

Submission Procedure:
  • Login at: EasyChair Conference profile
  • Enter your EasyChair username and password and log in
  • If you do not have an EasyChair account, click on "create an account" and fill out the form
  • Click "New Submission" at the top left of the page
  • By following the instructions, fill in the form, upload your abstract (in English or in German) via "Uploads", and then submit
  • After submitting your abstract successfully, you should receive an e-mail from EasyChair that you have successfully submitted your abstract
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Organizing Committee:
  • Rafał L. Górski (chair)
  • Małgorzata W. Czachor
  • Łukasz Halida
  • Zdzisław Koczarski
  • Dorota Mika
Reading Committee:
  • Anne Abeillé, Piotr Bański, Tilman Berger, Neil Bermel, Felix Bildhauer, Gosse Bouma, Anna Cermakova, Benoit Crabbé, Václav Cvrček, Magdalena Derwojedowa, Achille Falaise, Sandra Hansen-Morath, Milena Hebal-Jezierska, Gerrit Kentner, Michal Křen, Marc Kupietz, Marek Łaziński, Christian Mair, Roland Meyer, John Nerbonne, Krzysztof Nowak, Adam Pawłowski, Vladimir Petkevic, Sophie Prévost, Alexandr Rosen, Paweł Rutkowski, Susan Schlotthauer, Thomas Schmidt, Barbara Sonnenhauser, Juliette Thuilier, Beata Trawinski, Anna Volodina, Ruprecht von Waldenfels, Björn Wiemer, Christoph Wolk, Michał Woźniak