Plenary speakers

Panel on language variation

Douglas Biber

Northern Arizona University


Douglas Biber is Regents’ Professor of English (Applied Linguistics) at the Northern Arizona University. His research interests cover a wide range of topics related to corpus design, representativeness, grammar of English as well as new concepts of lexical bundles and many others. He became widely known for his seminal work on multi-dimensional analysis of language variation in 1980s which was later replicated for several languages and still continues to be one of the most influential methods of corpus linguistic research.

Exploring cross-linguistic universals of register variation through multi-dimensional analysis

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Björn Hansen

Universität Regensburg


Björn Hansen studied Slavic languages and German at the Hamburg University and since 2002 he has hold a position of full professor at the Department of Slavic Linguistics at the University of Regensburg. His current research interests focus on contact and areal linguistics with the emphasis on syntax and semantics. In his research he uses corpus linguistics methods for the synchronic and diachronic study of language structures of various Slavic languages. His current research on “micro-variation” of clitics employs contrastive as well as sociolinguistic and dialectal perspective.

Edyta Jurkiewicz-Rohrbacher

Universität Regensburg


Edyta Jurkiewicz-Rohrbacher studied Hungarian and Slavic languages at Warsaw, Budapest and Helsinki Universities. As a research assistant at the University of Regensburg, she focuses on language structures in Slavic languages and conducts contrastive research of verbal aspect on the basis of parallel corpora.

Detecting constraints on clitic climbing – with the help of corpora and psycholinguistic tests

Alexandr Rosen

Charles University


As a member of the Czech National Corpus project team, Alexandr Rosen has been responsible for the design and compilation of the InterCorp parallel corpus from the very beginning of this endeavor. His research interests include not only corpus-based contrastive linguistics but also syntactic formalism and annotation, treebanks of various languages and learner corpora of Czech.

The merits of a parallel corpus and how to get the most out of it

Ruprecht von Waldenfels

Univesity of Jena


Ruprecht von Waldenfels is currently in the process of changing his affiliation from associate professor of the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo to the Institute of the Slavic and Caucasian studies at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. He specializes in comparative corpus-based Slavic linguistics. His research interests include language history and grammaticalization, functional approaches to language variation, and the typological comparison of Slavic and non-Slavic languages.

Variation on many levels: why and how comparing corpora and (Slavic) languages makes sense

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