Natalia Levshina

Empirical approaches to constructions
and semantics

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About myself

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-funded project "Grammatical Universals", headed by Martin Haspelmath at Leipzig University, Germany. The aim of the project is to investigate the relationships between linguistic form and usage frequency in different languages of the world. I'm a corpus linguist, statistician and programmer (R and Python). My theoretical interests are usage-based linguistics, variational linguistics (in particular, World Englishes) and typology. I also have experience in pragmatics, political linguistics and Machine Translation.

My new book

Natalia Levshina. 2015. How to do Linguistics with R: Data exploration and statistical analysis. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

My new book

Dreaming of a truly usage-based grammar and semantics...

My main ambition is modeling constructions and their semantics with the help of empirical data. How to bridge the gap between concepts and counts? Here are some of my quantitative models which, I believe, are steps in this direction:

Constructive Competition
How can one model the use of near-synonymous constructions?

From Lexical Fields into Constructional Spaces
or What happens if a grammarian gets inspired by the structuralist lexicology
and also happens to know some statistics

Integration of the formal, conceptual and social dimensions of constructional variation
in a recontextualized model of language

Causatives of the world, unite!
A corpus-based contrastive causology

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