Corpora: Grammar & Lexis Symposium: Update

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    The Survey of English Usage, University College London and The Institute of
    English Studies, University of London present


    A One Day Symposium to Commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of the Survey
    of English Usage
    Friday, 21 July 2000

    The Survey of English Usage was founded in 1959 by Randolph Quirk as a
    research unit for the study of both written and spoken educated English by
    means of both corpus work and psycholinguistic inquiry. The Survey Corpus
    was one of the world's first English language corpora. Many books and
    articles have been based on Survey material, principal among them A Grammar
    of Contemporary English (Longman 1972) and A Comprehensive Grammar of the
    English Language (Longman 1985), both by Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and
    Svartvik. In the early 1990s a second corpus was compiled: the British
    component of the International Corpus of English (ICE-GB). This fully
    tagged and parsed corpus was recently released on CD-ROM, together with
    dedicated search software and audio material. The symposium celebrates
    forty years of English language research at the Survey by addressing two
    intertwined themes Grammar and Lexis, reflecting the interests of the
    founder of the Survey. Speakers will address one of these themes in
    relation to empirical linguistics. There will be a reception at the end of
    the day.


    Randolph Quirk: Getting their clause into English: some problems of
    language spread
    Geoffrey Leech: Diachronic linguistics across a generation gap: from the
    1960s to the 1990s
    David Crystal: The future of global English grammatical identity
    Noel Burton-Roberts: Realisation vs. representation in the treatment of
    case and agreement
    Frank Palmer: Negation and the modal verbs in English
    Robert Ilson: Tough calls: making a useful corpus; making a corpus useful
    Katie Wales: Quirks, quizzes and questionnaires
    Liliane Haegeman: On the subject of Bridget Jones

    The full programme will be available from the web in due course

    Dr. Bas Aarts, Director, Survey of English Usage, University College London.

    Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, 3rd floor, Senate
    House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The symposium will start at 9.30 a.m.
    There will be a reception at the end of the day.

    You are kindly requested to register for this event. Forms are available
    from the Institute of English Studies (address as above) or from the web at
    the following address: There will be a small
    charge for attendance: GBP18 for non-members of the Institute of English
    Studies, GBP10 for members and concessions.

    Further enquiries:
    Institute of English Studies. Tel: (+44) (0)20 7862 8675. Fax: (+44) (0)20
    7862 8672. Email:

    Apologies for multiple postings

    Dr Gerald Nelson,
    Senior Research Fellow,
    Survey of English Usage,
    University College London,
    Gower St,
    London WC1E 6BT, UK

    Tel: 0207-679-3120

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