In the context of corpus linguistics and usage-based grammar, we are proposing a one-day workshop on the relations between grammar and discourse. The main goal of this workshop is to explore the relevance of grammatical patterns, with a focus on argument structure and transitivity, for discourse analysis and interpretations and, vice versa, to explore the relevance of discourse and corpus data for the analysis and interpretation of grammatical patterns.
Functional or usage-based approaches in linguistics look at grammar as the result of the creative and dynamic usage of speakers. In this view, it is necessary to refer to the interaction of discourse and grammar, and to interpret the coding of the most relevant event participants as the routinization of strategies for highlighting a selected perspective. Grammatical patterns are used in discourse to represent events and participants in those events, and at the same time are used to provide a subjective point of view by the speaker or writer.
On the other hand, current corpus linguistic research provides the instruments to evaluate phenomena around argument structure with a more comprehensive and fine-grained vision, not only through the incorporation of frequency analysis, but also thanks to the possibility of studying face-to-face ways of communication, as it is the case with spontaneous conversation, and face-to-face languages, as it is the case with signed languages. Usage data of spoken and signed languages are providing new perspectives on the study of cross-linguistic variation.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
Registration for the workshop is free, subject to room availability.
Oral presentations are limited to invited speakers, but the program will include a poster session, open to submissions.
The poster session is thought as an opportunity for PhD students and other young researchers to present ongoing research projects, late-breaking results, and work in progress. We invite submissions exclusively limited to the particular topics of the workshop. They must include the title of the poster together with an abstract or poster description (maximum 500 words).
Decisions about acceptance will be based on relevance to the topics of the workshop. l