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The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs in discourse. An international workshop
August 12-13, 2013

Date: August 12-13, 2013

Organized by:

  • Frank Seifart
  • Hans-Jörg Bibiko
  • Balthasar Bickel
  • Swintha Danielsen
  • Roland Meyer
  • Sebastian Nordhoff
  • Brigitte Pakendorf
  • Jan Strunk
  • Alena Witzlack-Makarevich
  • Taras Zakharko



Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

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Workshop description

The ratio of noun, pronoun, and verb tokens in discourse varies both within and across languages. This variation may be related to a host of factors. For instance, cross-linguistic differences may be due to typological factors such as the syntax and morphology of grammatical relations, or differences in cultural traditions. Variation within languages may be related to, e.g., patterns in content choice, narrative strategies, genre, or stages in language acquisition.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars interested in any aspect of the frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs from disciplines such as corpus linguistics, typology, language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, genre studies, stylistics, and others. We invite abstracts for cross-linguistic papers as well as studies on individual languages, and papers that focus on methodology.

Invited speakers:

  • Wallace Chafe (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Stefan Evert (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

The workshop will include a special session to discuss among the participants future directions of cross-disciplinary corpus-based research on relative frequencies of parts of speech.

The workshop is organized by the project "The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs cross-linguistically", which is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation's DoBeS Program.


The workshop will be open for anyone to attend and there is no registration fee.


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Frank Seifart
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics
Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 341 35 50 325

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