Survey of English Usage
Annual Report 2012

News
Research
Publications, conference presentations, etc.

The Annual Report for 2012 incorporates the newsletters published during the year.

1. News

In February 2012 Bas Aarts was awarded a UCL Teaching Innovation Grant entitled Developing a Suite of Apps for the Teaching of English Grammar. The funding is being used to develop a number of practical English apps for tablets and smartphones that will complement the existing interactive Grammar of English (iGE).

The new apps will help students practise their skills in four areas, namely grammar, academic writing, spelling and punctuation. Since UCL has an increasingly large contingent of overseas students (and staff!) from around 140 countries who are in need of training in English language skills, the apps will be of benefit to all those studying and working at UCL whose mother tongue is not English. However, since each and every student at UCL needs to have impeccable English language skills, the apps will benefit all UCL students. As such the project will directly help to deliver UCL’s Key Skills Strategy. Once completed the apps will be made freely available.

We welcome Dr Rachele De Felice to the Survey of English Usage. While she holds an appointment in the English Department as a Teaching Fellow, Rachele’s research is very much in line with the Survey’s (see her homepage).

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2. Research

Throughout 2012, the Survey was principally engaged in the research project Marketing the Resources of the Survey of English Usage. This project involved a combination of further development of the Survey’s Englicious website (www.englicious.org; currently password-protected) and, working with UCL Business, exploring collaborations with potential partners.

Click here for more information.

We also released an Android version of our iGE App.

In April 2012, Sean Wallis launched a new online resource for corpus linguistics researchers. The aim of ‘corp.ling.stats’, which is set up as a blog, was twofold: to provide clear and authoritative answers to the kinds of statistical questions corpus linguists frequently have difficulty with, and to explore some of the more complex questions that corpus linguistics throws up for statistical analysis. For more information see http://corplingstats.wordpress.com.

A new book edited by Bas Aarts, Geoff Leech, Jonanne Close and Sean Wallis, The English verb phrase: investigating recent language change with corpora, was published by CUP early in 2013.

Click here for an outline of the book, sample articles and ordering information.

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3. Publications, conference presentations, talks, theses and other studies using Survey material

3.1 Survey Seminars

The following seminars took place during 2012:

Rachele De Felice: Corpus Pragmatics: Linguistic and Practical Challenges

Peter Trudgill: East Anglian Dialects and the Spanish Inquisition

Sylvia Adamson: Grammaticalisation and Social Stylistics: a Case Study

Tania Kuteva: Grammaticalization in Thetical Grammar

3.2 Publications

Please let us know if you would like us to include your publications based on SEU material. We will appreciate it if you send us offprints of any such publications.

Aarts, B., M. J. López-Couso and B. Méndez-Naya. (2012) ‘Late modern English syntax’. In: A. Bergs and L. J. Brinton (eds.). 869-887.

Aarts, B., D. Clayton and S. Wallis (2012) ‘Bridging the Grammar Gap: teaching English grammar to the iPhone generation’. English Today 28. 3-8.

Aarts, B. (2012) ‘New directions in language teaching using parsed corpora’. Plenary lecture at the Fourth International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC 2012), University of Jaén, Spain.

Algama, D. and Bernaisch, T. (2012) ‘Diachronic perspectives on the discursive elements in the functional profiles of adverbs: a corpus-based study on the development of anyway and meanwhile’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Allan, K. and J. Robinson (2012) (eds.) Current methods in historical semantics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Allan, K. (2012) ‘Using OED data as evidence’. In K. Allan and J. Robinson (2012) (eds.). 17-40.

Auwera, J. van der, D. Noël and A. de Wit (2012) ‘The diverging need (to)’s of Asian Englishes’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 54-75.

Bergs, A. and Laurel J. Brinton (2012) (eds.) English historical linguistics: an international handbook. Volume 2. Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK) 34.2. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter Mouton.

Bowie, J. and B. Aarts (2012) ‘Change in the English infinitival perfect construction’. In T. Nevalainen and E. Closs Traugott (eds.). 200-210.

Bowie, J. and B. Aarts (2012) ‘Matching and sprouting fragments in spoken English’. Paper presented at the Fourth UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, King’s College London, 10-12 July 2012.

Collins, P. and X. Yao (2012) ‘Modals and quasi-modals in New Englishes’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 35-53.

De Clerck, B. (2012) ‘Coulda, woulda, shoulda’. A closer look at modals in Indian English and British English. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

De Felice, R. (2012) ‘Developing pragmatic awareness in Business English emails’. Paper presented at the IATEFL Symposium Pragmatics and ELT – what we need to know, Glasgow, 19 – 23 March 2012.

De Felice, R. (2012) ‘Applied Pragmatics: corpus-based methods and computational tools’. Invited talk at Discourse and Technology: Tools, Methods, and Applications, Birmingham, 17 – 18 May 2012.

De Felice, R. (2012) ‘A linguistic journey into the world of commitments’. Paper presented at the 6th Intervarietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) International Conference, Leeds, 21 – 22 June 2012.

De Felice, R. (2012) ‘Data‐driven pragmatics: a corpus-based inquiry into the nature of speech acts’.Paper presented at the 1st AMPrA Conference, Charlotte, NC, 19 – 21 October 2012.

Deuber, D., C. Biewer, S. Hackert and M. Hilbert (2012) ‘Will and would in selected New Englishes: general and variety-specific tendencies’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 77-102.

Fuchs, R. and U. Gut (2012) ‘Do women use more intensifiers than men? - Investigating gender and age specific language use with the International Corpus of English’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Götz, S. and Mukherjee, J. (2012) ‘Er, erm, uh and uhm: filled pauses in ENL, ESL and EFL’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Gries, S. Th. (2012a) ‘Frequencies, probabilities, association measures in usage-/exemplar-based linguistics: some necessary clarifications’. Studies in Language 36(3). 477-510.

Gries, S. Th. (2012b) ‘Behavioral profiles: a fine-grained and quantitative approach in corpus-based lexical semantics. In G. Jarema, G. Libben, and C. Westbury (eds.). 57-80.

Hasselgård, Hilde (2012) ‘It-clefts in English L1 and L2 academic writing’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Hilbert, M. and M. Krug (2012) ‘Progressives in Maltese English: a comparison with spoken and written text types of British and American English’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 103-136.

Hundt, M. and U. Gut (2012) (eds.) Mapping unity and diversity world-wide. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Jarema, G., G. Libben, and C. Westbury (2012) (eds.) Methodological and analytic frontiers in lexical research. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Lemmens, M. (2012) ‘Echoes of on-going grammaticalisation: a corpus-based analysis of OK in English, Dutch and Swedish’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Mair, C. and C. Winkle (2012) ‘Change from to-infinitive to bare infinitive in specificational cleft sentences’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 243-262.

Mehl, S. (2012). ‘From making bread to making decisions: historical change and contemporary variation in the semantics of make’. Paper presented at Synchrony and Diachrony: Variation and Change in Language History (The Philological Society), Worcester College, University of Oxford, 17 March 2012.

Mehl, S. (2012) ‘Pre-colonial words, postcolonial developments: Usages of make in contemporary Singapore, Hong Kong and Great Britain as outgrowths of make in Early Modern English’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Mehl, S. (2012) ‘Whose prototypes? Prototypicality, corpus data and worldwide usage of make’. Poster presented at the Fourth UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, King’s College London, 10-12 July 2012.

Nelson, G. and R. Hongtao (2012) ‘Particle verbs in African Englishes: nativization and innovation’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 197-213.

Nevalainen, T. and E. Closs Traugott (eds.) The Oxford handbook of the history of English. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Palacios Martínez, I. and P. Núñez Pertejo (2012) ‘The emergence of the intensifiers proper and bare in the language of British teenagers’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Patten, A. (2012) The English it-cleft: a constructional account and a diachronic investigation. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Prado-Alonso, C. (2012) ‘A contrastive corpus-based analysis of XVS structures in present-day written and spoken English’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Schilk, M. (2012) ‘The lexical core and periphery of English – a data-driven analysis of the International Corpus of English’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Schilk, M., T. Bernaisch and J. Mukherjee (2012) ‘Mapping unity and diversity in South Asian English lexicogrammar: verb-complementational preferences across varieties’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 138-165.

Schneider, G. and M. Hundt ‘“Off with their heads”; profiling TAM in ICE corpora’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 1-34.

Shibuya, Y. (2012) ‘Characterization the relation between adjectives and constructions’. Paper presented at the Fourth UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, King’s College London, 10-12 July 2012.

Wallis, S., Bowie, J. and Aarts, B. (2012) ‘That vexed problem of choice. Some reflections on experimental design and statistics with corpora’. Paper presented at ICAME 33, K.U. Leuven, 30 May – 3 June 2012.

Wiechmann, D. and A. Lohmann (2012)’Modeling domain minimization: a multifactorial approach to PP ordering in English. Paper presented at the Fourth UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, King’s College London, 10-12 July 2012.

Zipp, L. and T. Bernaisch (2012) ‘Particle verbs across first and second language varieties of English’. In M. Hundt and U. Gut (eds.). 168-196.

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