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LINGUIST List 20.3492

Fri Oct 16 2009

Confs: Text/Corpus Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Italy

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        1.    Marina Bondi, Corpus Linguistics and Language Variation

Message 1: Corpus Linguistics and Language Variation
Date: 16-Oct-2009
From: Marina Bondi <marina.bondiunimore.it>
Subject: Corpus Linguistics and Language Variation
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Corpus Linguistics and Language Variation
Short Title: CLAVIER2009

Date: 05-Nov-2009 - 07-Nov-2009
Location: Modena, Italy
Contact: Marina Bondi
Contact Email: clavier09unimore.it
Meeting URL: http://clavier09.sltt.unimore.it/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

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


Udo Fries (University of Zürich)
Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki)
Josef Schmied (University of Chemnitz)
Geoffrey Williams (University of Bretagne-Sud)

Important Dates:

October 10th: Deadline for standard registration (€ 100,00 for
professionals, € 60,00 for students)
(Late registration is € 120,00 and € 80,00 respectively. On site
registration € 140,00 and € 100,00)

Please download registration form from:


Organizing Committee:

Marina Bondi
Silvia Cacchiani
Silvia Cavalieri
Giuliana Diani

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)

Conference Programme:



Udo Fries (University of Zurich), Variation in the Language of London
Newspapers: January 1701

Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki), Speaking Professionally in a L2 - Issues
of Corpus Methodology

Josef Schmied (University of Chemnitz), Using Corpora as an Innovative Tool to
Compare Varieties of English around the World: The ICE2 Story

Geoffrey William (University of Bretagne-Sud), A Cultivated Audience: Comparable
Corpora and Cross-language Collocation


Andrea Abel & Stefanie Anstein (European Academy Bozen/Bolzano), Meeting
Challenges in Comparing Linguistic Varieties on the Basis of Corpora

Wendy Anderson (University of Glasgow), ''But that's dialect, isn't it?'':
Exploring Geographic Varation in the SCOTS Corpus

Simona Anselmi (Catholic University, Milan), Editorial Interventions in the
Variation of the English Language: Evidence from the EuroCom Corpus

Zahra Awad (University of Jordan), Mixing Arabic and English in Television Programs

Anthony Baldry & Rosalba Rizzo (University of Messina), Regional versus
International Aspects of Today's On-line Newspapers: The Contribution of
Multimodal Corpus Linguistics

Giuseppe Balirano & Siria Guzzo (University of Naples L'Orientale), Ethnic
Representation as a Means of Identity Formation in Computer-mediated

Jennifer Bann (University of Glasgow), Cluster Analysis in Language Variants:
The Case of James Hogg

David Beavan (University of Glasgow), ComPair: A New Tool for the Visual
Exploration and Comparison of Language

Janet Bowker (University of Rome La Sapienza), Variation across Spoken and
Written genres in internal Corporate Communication: Multi-modality and Blending
in Evolving Channels

Nicholas Brownlees (University of Florence), Selling News in the Seventeenth
Century: The Changing Fortunes of News, Intelligence, and Advice in the First
Years of the Periodical Press

Luisa Caiazzo (University of Naples Federico II), 'Global' Perspectives in the
Language of British and Indian University Websites

Mª del Coral Calvo Maturana (University of Granada), Corpus Linguistics and the
Scottish Dialect - The Language of The Broons

Sara Castagnoli (University of Bologna at Forlì) Exploring Variation and
Regularities in Translation with Multiple Translation Corpora

Daniela Cesiri & Laura A. Colaci (University of Salento), Metaphors on Global
Crisis in Economic Discourse: A Corpus-based Comparison of The Economist, Der
Spiegel and Il Sole 24 ORE

Hye-Won Choi (Ewha Womans University), Analyzing Word Order Variation in Korean
with a Mixed-Effects Model

Caroline Clark (University of Bologna), It's Always the Same Old News!: A
Diachronic Analysis of Recent Newspaper Reporting

John Corbett (University of Glasgow), Towards a Corpus-informed History of the
Orthography of Modern Scots

Belinda Crawford (University of Florence), Using Part-of-speech Tagging to
Explore Spoken/written Variation in Small specialized Corpora

Gabriella Del Lungo (University of Florence), From Letters to Guidebooks:
Ruskin's Mornings in Florence

Natalia Egorova (University of Groningen), Corpus Analysis Meets the ''credit
crunch'' 2006-2008: Frequency Analysis of Synonymous Economic Terms from The
Economist Newspaper Articles Related to the Financial Crisis in the United
States (2000-2008)

Bettina Fischer-Starcke (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Lexical
and Phraseological Distinctions between Business English and General English and
their Implications for Teaching Business English

Pierfranca Forchini (Catholic University, Milan), Using Movie Corpora to Explore
Spoken American English. Evidence from Multi-Dimensional Analysis.

Federico Gaspari (University of Bologna at Forlì), Mediated Language Varieties
and Explicitation: A Corpus-based Study of Optional Omission in Non-native and
Translated ESP Texts

?arolta Godni? Vi?i? (University of Primorska), The Demonstrative this in
Tourism Research Article Abstracts: A Diachronic Corpus-based Study

Ersilia Incelli (University of Rome La Sapienza), Identifying Stance in
Legislative Texts through Corpus Analysis. A Case Study of Immigration Law

Elena Manca (University of Salento), Corpus Linguistics and Cultural Studies: A
Combined Perspective in the Translation Process

Ramón Martí Solano (University of Limoges), Phraseological Units in English:
Variation through Lexical Insertion

Roberto Mayoral Hernández & Asier Alcázar (University of Alabama-Birmingham -
University of Missouri-Columbia), A Corpus Analysis of Weight and Subject
Position in Spanish

Denise Milizia (University of Bari), Phraseology in EU Documents: A Comparable
and Parallel Investigation

Amanda Murphy (Catholic University, Milan), What Exactly is the Point? Editors'
Reformulations of Non-native Speaker Texts from the European Commission

Naomi Nagy (University of Toronto), A Multilingual Corpus to Explore Geographic

Dirk Noël (University of Hong Kong) ACI and NCI Find and the Evolution of
Evidentiality in Modern English Expository Texts: A Case Study in Corpus-based
Diachronic Construction Grammar

Akiko Okamura (Takasaki City University of Economics), Variation in the Use of
''You'' in Two Types of Monologic Academic Speech

Javier Pérez Guerra & Ana E. Martínez Insua (University of Vigo), A Diachronic
Corpus-based Analysis of Performance Solutions in Domains of Complementation and

Chiara Prosperi Porta (University of Rome La Sapienza), Codifying Discourse in
Research Genre: The Case of Biostatistics

Paul Sambre (Lessius (Antwerp) / University of Leuven), Meaning Dynamics in
Emergent Language Definitions: A Method for Semasiological Corpus Linguistics

Christina Samson (University of Florence), Ex-sacred Territories on the
Internet. Examples of Space, Identity and Discourse Interconnectedness

Michelina Savino (University of Bari / University of Cologne), Using
Dialogue-based Speech Corpora for Exploring Regional Variation in Italian Intonation

Arian Shahrokny-Prehn & Silke Höche (Leibniz University, Hanover), Rising
through the Registers - Light Verb Constructions on the Move

Stefania Spina (University for Foreigners, Perugia), Trends in Change of Italian
Newspaper Language. A Diachronic, Corpus-based Study

Tadaharu Tanomura (Osaka University), A Corpus-based Analysis of Some
Time-related Aspects of Contemporary Japanese

Eivind Torgersen & Costas Gabrielatos (Lancaster University), A Corpus-based
Study of Indefinite Article and Invariant Tag Use in Spoken London English

Paul Tucker (University of Florence), Diachronic Variation in the Rhetorical
Function of Describing in Exhibition Reviews

Judith Turnbull (University of Rome La Sapienza), The Language of EU Judges

Pedro Ureña Gómez-Moreno (University of Granada), Language Variation Factors in
a Corpus-based Description of the Have It That-construction

Eline Zenner, Dirk Speelman & Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven), Variation
in Frequency and Entrenchment of Anglicisms: A Quantitative Corpus-based Account

Weiwei Zhang, Dirk Speelman & Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven), Metonymies
in Ancient Chinese: A Corpus-based Approach

Please see http://clavier09.sltt.unimore.it/on-line/Home.html for full programme
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