Linguistic predictions in context


Virtually never are linguistic expressions and features distributed over texts by pure chance – "Language is never, ever, ever, random" (Kilgarriff, 2005). Rather, the occurrence of a certain item (word form) guides expectations about the appearance of other items in its context and thus, makes these other items predictable at a certain probability. For theoretical linguistics, this raises the question where to locate such cooccurrence information: in grammatical principles, in constructions (structural patterns) represented as a whole or with variable slots, in syntax and/or in the lexicon. But cooccurrence patterns are also fascinating beyond pure linguistics, because they reveal pathways of writing and thinking in a language, and are very often characteristic of a given culture. This leads to the central research question for the project: How strong is the relation between regular cooccurrences in large text corpora on the one hand, and psycho-/neurolinguistic measures of collocation and selectional restrictions on the other?
Virtually never are linguistic expressions and features distributed over texts by pure chance – "Language is never, ever, ever, random" (Kilgarriff, 2005). Rather, the occurrence of a certain item (word form) guides expectations about the appearance of other items in its context and thus, makes these other items predictable at a certain probability. For theoretical linguistics, this raises the question where to locate such cooccurrence information: in grammatical principles, in constructions (structural patterns) represented as a whole or with variable slots, in syntax and/or in the lexicon. But cooccurrence patterns are also fascinating beyond pure linguistics, because they reveal pathways of writing and thinking in a language, and are very often characteristic of a given culture. This leads to the central research question for the project: How strong is the relation between regular cooccurrences in large text corpora on the one hand, and psycho-/neurolinguistic measures of collocation and selectional restrictions on the other?


Principal Investigators
Meyer, Roland Prof. Dr. (Details) (West Slavic Languages)
Błaszczak, Joanna Prof. Dr. (The University of Wroclaw)

Further project members
Błaszczak, Joanna Prof. Dr. (The University of Wroclaw)

Duration of Project
Start date: 02/2017
End date: 12/2018

Research Areas
Individual Linguistics

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