THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25       Pre Conference Workshops

3:00 – 5:00

Room 210

Liberal Arts

Building (18)



Corpus Tools Brainstorming Session

Led by Laurence Anthony, Waseda University

A brainstorming session for researchers and general users of corpus tools to come and hear a short review of current tools, and then openly discuss what features, functions, and directions future corpus tools should include. The session will not be a forum to voice criticisms of current tools. Rather, it would be an informal, brainstorming session where non-developers could voice what they would like tools to do.

5:15 – 7:30

Room 210

Liberal Arts

Building (18)



Introduction to Graphics with R

Led by Geoffrey LaFlair, Northern Arizona University & Jesse Egbert, Brigham Young University

Participants will learn how to create publication-quality graphs with the ggplot2 package in R. ggplot2 is a powerful tool for building and customizing elegant graphics. We will introduce how to: load data into R, prepare data for graphing, and create graphs in color and grayscale (e.g., barcharts, histograms, boxplots, line graphs, and scatterplots). During the workshop participants will get hands-on experience creating and polishing basic graphs. No knowledge of R or ggplot2 is required. PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP IF YOU CAN.  You can also bring some data in Excel if you want to.




8:00 - 8:30

Registration and program pick up
Liberal Arts Building (#18 on the NAU map)

8:30 - 9:00


Methods for Corpus Analysis

Liberal Arts Room 208

Working with Non Western Languages

Liberal Arts Room 306

Specialized Written Registers

Liberal Arts Room 322

9:00 - 9:30

Internal Representativeness and Specialized Corpora: The Influence of Topic on the Stability of Linguistic Findings in a Disciplinary Writing Corpus


Bethany Gray, Jesse Egbert  & Manman Qian

Iowa State University & Brigham Young U

No paper in this time slot

Telling by Omission: Hedging and Calibration in Academic Recommendation Letters




Mohammed Albakry

Middle Tennessee State University & University of Connecticut

9:30 - 10:00

The most underused method in corpus linguistics: Multi level and mixed effects models



Stefan Th. Gries

University of California, Santa Barbara

AntPConc: A Freeware Multi-Platform Parallel Concordancer




Laurence Anthony

Waseda University

Semantic and lexical analyses of K-12 parental documents for refugees: A comparative corpus study


Francisco Javier Barrón Serrano, Cynthia M. Murphy, Jennifer Roberts & Eric Friginal

Georgia State University

10:00 - 10:30

Quantitative Measures for Characterizing Predictability and Variability in Discontinuous

Lexical Frames


Bethany Gray, Douglas Biber, & Joe Geluso

Iowa State & Northern Arizona University

A Corpus-driven Study: Chinese Lexical Frames in Conversation and Academic Prose





Xiaoying Wang & Yunhua Qu

Zhejiang University

Evidence of rewriting: food bundles in different text types





Amanda C. Murphy

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

10:30 - 11:00



Vocabulary Lists

Liberal Arts Room 208

L2 Writing and Phraseology

Liberal Arts Room 306

Comparing Corpus Findings and Pedagogy

Liberal Arts Room 322

11:00 - 11:30

Is the core vocabulary stable across British and American English? American English supplement to The New General Service List


Dana Gablasova & Vaclav Brezina

Lancaster University

Lexical Bundles in Brazilian Students’ academic writing teaching




Patricia Bértoli

Rio de Janeiro State University

A Comparison of Recent Corpus-Derived Phraseological Lists for Pedagogy




David Oakey

Iowa State University

11:30 - 12:00

Determining the Technical Vocabulary of Academic English:  A Corpus-Based Analysis


Dee Gardner & Mark Davies

Brigham Young University

Exemplification and reformulation in learner writing at different levels of proficiency



Alfredo Urzúa

San Diego State University

‘that’: usage and pedagogy




Elaine W. Vine

Victoria University of Wellington

12:00 - 12:30

Methodology for a Reliable Academic Vocabulary List


Seonmin Park

Northern Arizona University

An integrated approach to phraseology in EFL learner writing


Magali Paquot

FNRS Université catholique de Louvain

Revisiting the Dolch Word Lists: Corpus-Influenced Examination & Revision


Brandy C. Judkins

Georgia State University


12:30 - 2:00




Discourse Particles

Liberal Arts Room 208

Stance and Hedging

Liberal Arts Room 306

Legal Language

Liberal Arts Room 322

2:00 - 2:30

New functions of Japanese masculine sentence-final particles: a corpus study



Natalia Konstantinovskaia


Stance Features within Stand-Alone Literature Reviews and Research Articles: An Interdisciplinary Register Analysis


Heidi Wright

Northern Arizona University

Hedging in Court: A Corpus-based Study of Gender Effects on Testimony Language



Vanessa Conte Herse

California State University, Long Beach

2:30 - 3:00

Interpreting discourse marker sequencing constraints: The case of English so


Christian Koops & Arne Lohmann

University of New Mexico & University of Vienna

Epistemic markers in the Trinity-Lancaster spoken learner corpus: Effect of L1 background and task



Vaclav Brezina & Dana Gablasova

Lancaster University

A Multi-Dimensional Analysis of the legal arena: movie vs. real trials




Pierfranca Forchini

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano

3:00 - 3:30

Poster Session I

3:30 - 4:00



4:00 - 5:00

Liberal Arts Room 120

Plenary by Eric Friginal, Georgia State University

Exploring cross-talk in aviation training and outsourced call center interactions

This presentation examines linguistic distributions from specialized corpora of English cross-cultural aviation training transcripts with Colombian pilot-trainees and outsourced call center interactions with customer service representatives based in the Philippines and India. I utilize a framework of corpus-based (critical) discourse analysis in exploring the discursive practices across the cultural structures and task dimensions of these domains, focusing especially upon speakers’ understanding of identities, role-relationships, and power dynamics at work. An iterative cycle which combines critical approaches to data extraction and a progression of stages involving quantitative and functional analyses (Baker et al., 2008; Gentil, 2013) appears to show how the structure and meaning of cross-talk can be further described and explained using evidence from corpora.








Lexical Measures of Style

Liberal Arts Room 310

L2 English Writing

Liberal Arts Room 322

Mixed Methods

Liberal Arts Room 346

8:30 - 9:00

Satirical irony in product reviews




Stephen Skalicky  & Scott Crossley

Georgia State University

Presentative constructions in Norwegian L2 learner English




Anne-Line Graedler

Hedmark University College

Discovering the incongruities in undergraduate writing in chemistry and psychology through the methodological integration of multidimensional analysis and qualitative interviews


Katherine Moran

Georgia State University

9:00 - 9:30

Mapping Dickens






Mike Scott

Aston University

Error versus creativity: The metaphorical language of Norwegian L2 English learners





Susan Nacey

Hedmark University College

Triangulating Data in Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis: Using Corpus, Assessment, and Interview Data to Better Understand a Discourse Domain


Shelley Staples

Purdue University

9:30 - 10:00



Disciplinary Writing 

Multi Dimensional Studies

Liberal Arts Room 310

L2 English Writing and Grammatical Complexity

Liberal Arts Room 322


Variation in the Verb Phrase

Liberal Arts Room 310

10:00 - 10:30

Biology Discourse: A Multi-Dimensional Analysis


Jack A. Hardy

Georgia State University &

Emory University

Navigating rocky terrain: Measuring complexity in L2 student writing



Lize Terblanche

Northern Arizona University

EFL vs. ESL: not necessarily a continuum



Sandra C. Deshors & Stefan Th. Gries

New Mexico State University & University of California, Santa Barbara

10:30 - 11:00

Situating Engineering Writing in the Multi-Dimensional World of English Discourse



Susan Conrad

Portland State University

Noun Phrase Modification as an Indicator of Syntactic Development in Swedish L2 Learners of English


Christer Geisler & Christine Johansson

Uppsala University

The comings and goings of come and go (and move)



Nicholas A. Lester

University of California, Santa Barbara

11:00 - 11:30

Talking over the academic garden fence: a multidimensional perspective on interdisciplinary research discourse



Paul Thompson, Susan Hunston, Akira Murakami, Dominik Vajn & Douglas Biber

University of Birmingham & Northern Arizona University

Exploring syntactic complexity: Variation in language use across writing task types






Dan Brown

Northern Arizona University                         

Combining learner corpus and experimental data in studying L2 learner knowledge of verb-argument constructions


Ute Römer, Audrey Roberson, Nick Ellis & Matthew Brook O’Donnell

Georgia State University, University of Michigan & University of Pennsylvania


11:40 - 12:40

Room 120

Plenary by Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, KU Leuven

Recent advances in the corpus-based study of linguistic complexity

The measurement of linguistic complexity has a long and venerable tradition in corpus-linguistic approaches to language, especially in the realm of applied linguistics and second language acquisition research (where complexity is often understood as an index of language proficiency, or as a benchmark of development). That said, classic measures of complexity in this spirit (e.g. mean length of T-unit, extent of clausal subordination, frequency of “sophisticated” forms, such as the passive) often have a somewhat atomistic, reductionist feel to them and have been criticized in the recent literature. Against this backdrop, I outline three advanced and, crucially, more holistic complexity metrics that are inspired by recent advances in typological and sociolinguistic theory: (1) Analyticity-syntheticity indices draw on terminology, concepts, and ideas developed in quantitative morphological typology, and profile the way grammatical information is coded in corpus samples – either by free grammatical markers (typically considered simple), or by bound grammatical markers (complex). (2) Kolmogorov complexity is an information-theoretic measure which can be conveniently approximated through the use of file compression programs such as gzip. The basic idea is that all other things – such as content – being equal, text samples that can be compressed efficiently are linguistically simple, while text samples that cannot be compressed as efficiently are linguistically more complex. (3) Variational complexity is concerned with the complexity of variation patterns in a language or language variety. Here we axiomatically assume that a language or language variety A is more complex than a language or language variety B to the extent that linguistic variation in A is more constrained – according to regression analysis or similar techniques – than variation in B. I will show how the three metrics can be profitably applied to all kinds of corpus data including – but not limited to – materials relevant in work on second language acquisition and L2 writing development.


12:40 - 2:00


Phraseology and Discourse

Liberal Arts Room 310

Interactive Discourse

Liberal Arts Room 322

Research Articles

Liberal Arts Room 346

2:00 - 2:30

Analyzing the semantic prosodies and preferences of lexical bundles in research article introductions



Viviana Cortes

Georgia State University

Signing styles of French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB): investigating the role of audience and interaction



Aurore Paligot

F.R.S. – FNRS and University of Namur

Lexical and Grammatical Variation in Scholarly Writing: a Multidimensional Comparison of Published Native and Non-native Research Articles


Elif Demirel

Karadeniz Technical University

2:30 - 3:00

Looking at cultural shifts in English over time: A Multi-Dimensional perspective




Tony Berber Sardinha

Sao Paulo Catholic University

The devil is in the detail: Using corpora to investigate spoken language varieties



Elaine Vaughan & Brian Clancy

University of Limerick & Mary Immaculate College

No paper in this time slot

3:00 - 3:30

Poster Session II

3:30 - 4:00



Collocation in Specialized Registers

Liberal Arts Room 310

Specialized Spoken Registers

Liberal Arts Room 322

Vocabulary and Student Writing

Liberal Arts Room 346

4:00 - 4:30

Key terminology in business introductory textbooks: Resources for presenting new words



Anna Gates Tapia

Northern Arizona University

Comparing Oral Proficiency Interviews to Academic and Professional Spoken Registers


Geoffrey T. LaFlair, Jesse Egbert & Shelley Staples

Northern Arizona University, Brigham Young University & Purdue University

Lexical Diversity, Sophistication, and Error in Generation 1.5 Writing




Don Miller

California State University, Stanislaus

4:30 - 5:00

Language variation and institutional
academic English: A study on phraseology

Silvia Bernardini & Adriano Ferraresi

University of Bologna

Dimensions of variation across television registers


Tony Berber Sardinha & Marcia Veirano Pinto

São Paulo Catholic University

An L1 adolescent learner corpus: academic success and lexical competence in grade 12 expository writing


Geoffrey G. Pinchbeck

University of Calgary

5:30 - ?

RECEPTION at the Biber & Reppen home

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Dialect Variation and the Web

Liberal Arts Room 310

Studies of Spanish Learners

Liberal Arts Room 322


Liberal Arts Room 346

9:00 - 9:30

Expanding Horizons in the Study of World Englishes with the 1.9 Billion Word Global Web-Based English Corpus (GloWbE)


Mark Davies

Brigham Young University

The Discourse Function of the Subjunctive in Foreign-Language Learners of Spanish



Joseph Collentine & Yuly Asención-Delaney

Northern Arizona University

No paper in this time slot

9:30 - 10:00

Big Data Dialectology: Analyzing lexical spread in a multi-billion word corpus of American English


Jack Grieve, Diansheng Guo, Alice Kasakoff & Andrea Nini

Aston University & University of South Carolina

The development of lexical diversity during study abroad: Introducing the new LANG-SNAP longitudinal learner corpus


Nicole Tracy-Ventura,  Kevin McManus  & Rosamond Mitchell

University of South Florida, University of York & University of Southampton

The distributional information of relative clauses in child-directed Tagalog





Jed Sam Pizarro-Guevara

UC Santa Cruz

10:00 - 10:30



Web Registers

Liberal Arts Room 310

Pedagogical Applications

Liberal Arts Room 322

Grammar and L2 Writing

Liberal Arts Room 346

10:30 - 11:00

The language of web registers: A multidimensional study of register variation in English and Brazilian Portuguese


Cristina Mayer Acunzo

São Paulo Catholic University

Effects of Corpus-Based Instruction on L2 Recognition and Recall of Signal Markers




Adnan Ajsic

Northern Arizona University

Co-occurring linguistic features in an L2 writing corpus: Insights into prompt effects and successful writing



Cynthia M. Murphy & Scott Crossley

Georgia State University

11:00 - 11:30

Lexical Bundles in Cyber-texts




Eniko Csomay & Viviana Cortes

San Diego State University &

Georgia State University

Personal EAP corpora: What do independent users do?




Maggie Charles

Oxford University Language Centre

Are L2 learners sensitive to register differences? A case study of complementizer variation in German and Spanish L2 English


Stefanie Wulff

University of Florida

11:30 - 12:00

Dimensions of Variation in English Web Registers



Douglas Biber, Jesse Egbert, & Lize Terblanche

Brigham Young University & Northern Arizona University

The Louvain EAP Dictionary (LEAD): A tailor-made web-based tool for non-native academic writers of English




Sylviane Granger & Magali Paquot

Université catholique de Louvain

Linguistic Features in ELL and L1 University Student Writing: Revisiting Hinkel’s Findings





Margo Russell  

Portland State University

12:00 - 12:15

Closing Remarks