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Thomas J. Garza, Director 201 W 21st St, B7800 • HRH 4.196 78712-1053 • 512-471-6574

SweCxn – a Swedish Constructicon

Thu, April 11, 2013 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM • BUR 337

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with Dr. Benjamin Lyngfelt, Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg

The Swedish constructicon (SweCxn) is a database of Swedish constructions, based on principles of Construction Grammar and developed as an addition to the Swedish FrameNet. Incorporating subprojects such as developing methods for automatic identification of constructions in authentic text on the one hand, and accounting for constructions problematic for L2 acquisition on the other, the SweCxn project is highly cross-disciplinary in nature, involving specialists on (construction) grammar, lexicography, language technology, L2 research, phraseology, and semantics.

At present, SweCxn consists of about 50–100 constructions, growing continually. Eventually, it is meant to be a large-scale resource for linguistic purposes and language technology, in the first place. In a longer perspective, the constructicon should also be applicable in educational settings. Related constructicon projects are initiated for English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese, making cross-linguistic application a main goal for future work. 

Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies, the Swedish Excellence Endowment, the English Department, and the Texas Language Center. For more information, call the Department of Germanic Studies at 471-4123.


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