To do or not to do? A corpus-based study of cognitive economizing in grammatical change across the lifespan. University of Antwerp
The proposed study aims to examine a selection of particularizing focus adverbs (e.g. mainly, mostly, in particular, at least) from a historical perspective. More specifically, the forms' semantic-pragmatic and syntactic developments will be interpreted within a broader frame of theories of grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification, on the basis of a detailed corpus analysis.
A corpus-based study of the Lusoga grammar Ghent University
The grammar of Lusoga is being described scientiffically, which will server as a basis for the compilation of pedagogical grammars for the Ugandan education system. Rather than using staged communicative events or elicitation, all grammatical facts will be derived from an electronic corpus of naturally-occurring language. This methodology is a first for a language of limited diffusion.
From mass noun to count noun in French and Dutch. A contrastive corpus-based study on the nature and productivity of coercion Ghent University
This project proposes a detailed corpusbased contrastive analysis (French vs.Dutch) of a case of coercion, viz. the occasional use of mass nouns in constructions typical of count nouns, including also a limited experimental psycholinguistic verification. Besides the descriptive question (frequency, semantic effetcs, conditions/restrictions), the project addresses the question of the nature and relevance of coercion as a theoretical ...
Academic literacy in German as a foreign language: A corpus-based contrastive analysis of cohesion in written learner language. University of Antwerp
The availability of digital corpora and sophisticated tools to extract information from them provides exciting opportunities to carry out groundbreaking research in linguistics. This project explores the potential of corpus-based research for comparative syntax. On a more general level, this project aims to investigate how the data-driven approach of corpus linguistics can optimally be combined with the knowledge-based approach of theoretical ...
A contrastive study of evidential verbs of appearance in English and Dutch: Probing the syntax-semantics interface by means of a corpus-based investigation of SEEM/APPEAR/TURN OUT and LIJKEN/SCHIJNEN/BLIJKEN-constructions Ghent University
This project consists in a contrastive study of English and Dutch verbs of appearance, which may serve an evidential function. Adopting a Construction Grammar and grammaticalization theory approach, the project seeks to explore the syntax-semantics interface and to position the constructions on a cline from lexical to grammatical. The constructionsU+2019 functions will be characterized in terms of epistemic modality, evidentiality and ...
A corpus-based investigation of the dative alternation with TRANSFER verbs in the history of New High German (1650 until present) Ghent University
This project explores the motivations behind the alternation between the Dative Construction (e.g. Sie sendet dir einen Brief) and the Prepositional Construction (e.g. Er sendet den Aufsatz an den Herausgeber) with ditransitive TRANSFERverbs (geben, senden, schicken etc.) in the history of U+2018New High GermanU+2019 (ca. 1650 until present). The focus is on (i) the changing frequencies and forms of the alternation and on (ii) the role of ...
Presentational cleft sentences in French and Italian: a comparative corpus-based analysis. KU Leuven
Cleft sentences are sentences which have a split (cleft) form, but whose meaning corresponds to that of a simple sentence. They fall into two categories, specificational (1) and presentational (2) clefts, which are introduced by different types of presentative items (henceforth PIs).
(1) [Context: - Who is singing?]
F: - C’est Jean qui chante.
I: - È Gianni che canta.
lit. It’s John who is ...