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Davies, Mark.
Using Large Online Corpora to Investigate (Historical, Dialectal, and Genre-Based) Variation In Language

Video em Portugûes

Corpus-based data have revolutionized linguistic research during the last 20-30 years, by providing a strong empirical basis for language variation and change. This is especially true now that researchers can quickly and easily extract data from very large (multi-billion word) online corpora. In this presentation, I will show how data from corpora like and can be used to look at historical, dialectal, and genre-based variation, for a wide range of lexical, morphological, syntactic, and semantic phenomena.⠀
Fitzpatrick, Tess. Learning, Sharing and Losing Words: Applying Vocabulary Research Findings to Real World Challenges. This talk explores ways in which theoretical and empirical research related to word knowledge and use can inform solutions to real world problems. We will examine patterns of lexical association and retrieval, and will propose that awareness of those patterns might offer new perspectives on language acquisition, effective communication, and language attrition in conditions such as dementia.
Neumann, Stella. Translation: Enriching Our Understanding of Language Use Translation is a form of specialised language use and translators are language professionals. Therefore, translation is a concern of linguistics and can, as I will argue in this talk, enrich our understanding of language. At the same time, empirical translation studies is concerned with understanding what translators actually do when they work with language and how the translation process and its outcome are influenced by linguistic, cognitive, social and other factors. In this talk, I will examine translation as a concern of linguistics in increasingly larger contexts. I will start out by exemplifying some behavioural patterns of engaging with two languages that empirical studies of the translation process have found. 

Patel-Grosz, Pritty.
Dance Semantics and Extensions to Music

Recent years have witnessed the application of formal linguistic methodology to objects of study that transcend language, such as music and visual representation. At the intersection of the abstract properties of music and the medium of visual representation, we find dance, a type of potentially meaningful body movement, which avails different tools to a dancer intending to communicate meaning. Novel findings from exploratory motion capture studies on Bharatanatyam dance (South Indian classical dance) reveal how movements and positions in space can be utilized to convey meaning. One of our conclusions is that dance may incorporate expressions that we find in language (such as reference tracking through designated positions in space), in addition to more abstract meanings. Extensions to music raise the question of whether dance/body movement that accompanies a given musical melody also inherits the same abstract meaning inferences

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