ROLLS 8 May Dirk Geeraerts

An extraordinary meeting of the Research on Language & Linguistics at Sussex (ROLLS) will take place next week. Please join us!

Friday 8 May, 13:00  Arts B217 Sussex University

Professor Dirk Geeraerts (KU Leuven)
A formal definition of informalization. Onomasiological variation and lectometry

This talk is situated at the crossroads of two fields of inquiry: on the one hand, the corpus-based study of lexical and semantic variation that has been the main focus of my research team since the publication of Geeraerts et al. 1994, The Structure of Lexical Variation; on the other hand, the sociolinguistic tradition initiated by Tore Kristiansen that looks at recent developments in the European languages in terms of 'destandardization' and 'demotization'. Specifically, the talk argues that the methods for onomasiological lectometry that derive from the first tradition help to clarify a number of issues related to the second tradition.


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