Monday, November 15

Time Speakers                                   Topic
09:00-09:30 Welcome & Introduction

Freek van de Velde (KU Leuven)

Markov models for diachronic corpus studies (PDF, 35 KB)


Stefano de Pascale (KU Leuven)

Token-based distributional semantics for grammatical alternation research (PDF, 61 KB)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Guillaume Desagulier (University of Paris


Capturing horizontal links in a construction network using semantic vector spaces: a Diachronic Construction Grammar perspective
11:30-12:00 Andreas Baumann (University of Vienna) Exploiting embeddings for analyzing the role of emotion in lexical change (PDF, 94 KB)

Short presentations [VIRTUAL]:

YingYing Cai (KU Leuven) Understanding variation against a broader system: PP-complements to English mental adjectives in the 20th century (PDF, 98 KB)

Sergio Jimenez, Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz

& Alexander Gelbukh (Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogota/ IPN Mexico)

A corpus-based variational measure of the order of the words (PDF, 11 KB)
Paola Marongiu (University of Neuchâtel) Co-occurrence of modal markers in a Latin corpus: from texts to networks (PDF, 89 KB)
Tess Monks (Harvard University) Modelling Diachronic Semantics of Demonstrative Pronouns (PDF, 340 KB)
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Quentin Feltgen (University of Paris III) On the edge of transformation: diachronic productivity at the scale of a constructional paradigm
14:30-15:00 Lauren Fonteyn & Enrique Manjavacas (University of Leiden) A 'hands-off' approach to modelling constructional change with word embeddings: current challenges and future prospects (PDF, 151 KB)
15:00-15:30 Sara Budts (University of Antwerp) On flat cues and deep learning: the benefits of Convolutional Neural Networks for (historical) linguistic research (PDF, 31 KB)
15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Stefania Degaetano-Ortliev, Tanja Säily & Yuri Bizzoni (University of Saarland / 

University of Helsinki) [VIRTUAL]

Registerial adaptation vs. innovation across situational contexts: 18th century women in transition (PDF, 24 KB)
16:30-17:00 Peter Petré (University of Antwerp) What is being modelled? (PDF, 46 KB)

Susanne Flach (University of Zurich)

The individual & the aggregate: Where and why does individual variation matter in corpus linguistics?

Workshop Dinner (for presenters only)

Restaurant Uniturm, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich

Tuesday, November 16

Time Speakers Topic

Natalia Levshina (MPI Nijmegen) [VIRTUAL]

Communicative efficiency as a driving force in language variation and change


Remi van Trijp (Sony Lab Paris)


Variation as a Design Feature of the Linguistic Inventory: A Computational Perspective


Eva Zehentner (University of Zurich)

Measuring adjunct-status in diachronic data

11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Harish Tayyar Madabushi (University of Sheffield) [VIRTUAL] BERT "knows" Construction Grammar: Evidence and Implications
12:00-12:30 Laurence Romain & Dagmar Divjak (University of Birmingham) Making new with the old: a learning perspective on the variables that guide article choice in English

Dagmar Divjak & Laurence Romain (University of Birmingham)

Learning the English TA system from usage: a view from error-driven learning

13:00-14:30 Lunch break (ETH Dozenten-Foyer: 13.15)

Dirk Pijpops (University of Liège) [VIRTUAL]

Combining corpus research with agent-based modelling in the study of morphological and syntactic variation (PDF, 78 KB)


Marianne Hundt, Laetitia Van Driessche

& Dirk Pijpops (University of Zurich / University of Liège)

Approaching Epicentral Influence with Agent-Based Modelling (PDF, 62 KB)
15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Luc Steels (University Pompeu Fabra) [Format TBA]

Solved and unsolved problems in the computational modelling of constructional variation and change
16:30-17:00 Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto) [VIRTUAL] Under construction: Changing systems in spoken English (PDF, 128 KB)
17:00-17:30 Workshop closing

Apéro Riche (for presenters only)

English Department, Plattenstrasse 47, 8032 Zürich

You can download the programme here (PDF, 106 KB).