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Corpus Linguistics 2013

Lancaster University, UK – 22nd to 26th July 2013

Workshop: Evaluative Language and Corpus Linguistics

Corpus Linguistics 2013 conference, Lancaster University, 22 July 2013

Topic of the workshop

'Evaluative Language' is used here as a cover term for a variety of overlapping constructs, including Stance, Appraisal, Evaluation, and Sentiment. Although a large amount of research on evaluative language has been carried out using what might be called text or discourse approaches, corpus techniques, broadly conceived, are also widely used. One of the intriguing difficulties of studying evaluative language is its slippery nature -- evaluative meaning can be implied as well as stated -- and yet there is surprising uniformity in judgements about the nature of that meaning.

Within corpus studies of evaluative language, a number of different traditions can be identified. Sentiment Analysis takes an operational view of identifying emotions and opinions within text. Stance comparisons assess the quantity of types of evaluative meanings in different contexts. Phraseological approaches find consistent patterns of meaning in specific contexts or around specific words. Local grammars attempt to map evaluative meanings on to patterns.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers working at the cutting edge of this field, to hear about the latest advances and to discuss issues of methodology and of theory. We expect papers focusing on these themes:

  • Use of corpus evidence to generate, test, or enhance theories and models of evaluative language
  • Studies of evaluative language in specific contexts
  • Applications of evaluative language studies

Format of the workshop:

The workshop will consist of three 90-minute sessions, plus a round table discussion. Each session will comprise three or four papers, giving a total of about 10 papers.

Call for Papers

If you wish to take part in the workshop, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Susan Hunston (s.e.hunston@bham.ac.uk), using the following format:

  • Page 1: Your name, contact details, and the title of the abstract.
  • Page 2: The title of the abstract and the abstract itself

Abstracts will be selected by a committee consisting of:
Monika Bednarek (University of Sydney)
Marina Bondi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
Susan Hunston (University of Birmingham)
Neil Millar (University of Birmingham)

Important dates and notes:

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 25th January 2013
You will hear back from us by: 25th February 2013

In line with the policy of the conference organisers, you are welcome to submit abstracts both for this workshop and for the main CL13 conference. However, if you give two papers they should be different, without substantial overlap.

The call for papers is now closed.


9:00-9:30am Registration and welcome
9:30-11:00am Marco Venuti & Maria Cristina Nisco: The Language of Evaluation in the News Reports of the 2011 London Riots: A Corpus-Based Analysis

Marina Bondi & Giuliana Diani: Opinionated discourse: evaluative phraseologies in blogs

Monika Bednarek: Analysing evaluation in small corpora
11:00-11:30am Tea and coffee break
11:30am-1:00pm Phillip Smith: A Cross-Discourse Corpus for Sentiment Analysis

Matteo Fuoli & Dylan Glynn: Computer-assisted manual annotation of evaluative language expressions: bridging discourse and corpus approaches

Neil Millar: Principle Component Analysis of adjectives in 'Rate My Professors'
1:00-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-3:30pm Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb & Elke Teich: A methodology to analyze evaluation across scientific disciplines - feature detection, extraction and annotation

Federica Barbieri: Involvement in university classroom talk: the synergy of register variation and interactivity

Kateřina Veselovská & Jana Šindlerová: Modelling Evaluative Meaning in Czech
3:30-4:00pm Tea and coffee break
4:00-5:00pm Josef Ruppenhofer & Jasper Brandes: the connection between evaluative language and gradability

Stanislaw Goźdź-Roszkowski & Gianluca Pontrandolfo: Echoes of judicial voices: evaluative phraseological patterns in American and Italian court judgments
5:00-6:00pm Discussion

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