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    Call for papers

    A Symposium on Quantitative Sociolexicology

    University of Leuven, Belgium
    October 24-25, 2002

    Organised by the research unit “Quantitative lexicology and variational
    linguistics” of the University of Leuven

    Made possible by the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO)
    (Onderzoeksgemeenschap Cognitieve Linguïstiek)


    This workshop intends to bring together those researchers in the field of
    variational lexicology and diachronic vocabulary studies that use
    quantitative methods. Although such methods have been used less intensively
    in the study of lexical variation and change than they have been employed
    in the field of phonetics, morphology, or other linguistic variables, there
    is a growing body of quantitative research on the distribution of words
    over language varieties and the diffusion of lexical changes over time. The
    symposium intends to create a forum for the confrontation and the
    comparison of the different approaches involved.

    Structure & schedule

    The workshop will take place on Thursday October 24 and Friday October 25,
    and it will consist of 5 plenary sessions (1 hour) and a limited number of
    regular sessions (40’).

    Invited speakers include:

    Nigel Armstrong (University of Leeds)
    Harald Baayen (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen &
    University of Nijmegen)
    John Nerbonne (University of Groningen)
    Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki)

    In order to ensure a highly focused event with maximal interaction between
    the participants, the number of regular presentations will be limited to 15
    at most, and there will be no parallel sessions.


    If you are interested in presenting a lecture at the symposium, please
    submit a one page abstract by June 1 at the latest. Notification of
    acceptance will follow by June 15.

    Abstracts should be submitted electronically to Dirk Geeraerts, Stefan
    Grondelaers & Dirk Speelman at the following address:


    Relevant topics include:

    1. Lexical standardization and the diffusion of standard vocabularies
    2. The lexicon in pluricentric languages
    3. Lexical innovation, lexical loss, and the rate of vocabulary change
    4. Lexical dialectometry and stylometry
    5. The relationship between lexical and non-lexical variables as markers of
    language varieties
    6. Empirical methods (corpus analysis, statistical techniques) for studying
    lexical variation and change

    You may focus either on past research in connection with the workshop
    theme, or introduce new data or methodologies pertaining to the theme.
    Observe that the topic of the conference is to be taken in a prototypical
    sense. We are primarily interested in studies that combine three features:
    a lexical focus, a quantitative method, and a variational or diachronic
    perspective. Time permitting, however, we may accommodate papers that
    combine just a few of these features, like quantitative studies of
    variation and change that are not primarily lexical, or diachronic and
    variational lexical studies that do not employ quantitative methods.

    Additional information

    Information about the organisers, the conference venue, and accommodation &
    fees can be found at our conference website

    Dirk Geeraerts - Stefan Grondelaers - Dirk Speelman
    Research unit “Quantitative lexicology and variational linguistics”
    Department of Linguistics
    University of Leuven
    Blijde-Inkomststraat 21
    B-3000 Leuven

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