Title

Just a/the Presentation: Exploring the Connection Between Words And Grammar

Date

5-26-2016 10:00 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 10:15 AM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Uma Shrestha

Session Chair

Thomas Rand

Session Title

Literature, Linguistics and Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Robert Troyer

Abstract

When asked about our intuitions about our own language, many native English speakers are unable to express the rules that govern their language choices. Even articulating basic language choices like the meaning difference between “an” and “the” is often difficult. These meaning variations can be incredibly hard to understand, especially for English language learners, as language usage and meaning rules seem completely arbitrary and disconnected at times. This presentation explores an empirical approach to analyzing language patterns using corpus linguistics methods to make sense of the connection between meaning and usage in language.

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May 26th, 10:00 AM May 26th, 10:15 AM

Just a/the Presentation: Exploring the Connection Between Words And Grammar

WUC Willamette Room

When asked about our intuitions about our own language, many native English speakers are unable to express the rules that govern their language choices. Even articulating basic language choices like the meaning difference between “an” and “the” is often difficult. These meaning variations can be incredibly hard to understand, especially for English language learners, as language usage and meaning rules seem completely arbitrary and disconnected at times. This presentation explores an empirical approach to analyzing language patterns using corpus linguistics methods to make sense of the connection between meaning and usage in language.