Corpus-based Typological Research in Discourse and Grammar: GRAID and Multi-CAST

Faculty/Professorship: General Linguistics  
Author(s): Schnell, Stefan; Schiborr, Nils Norman
Title of the Journal: Asian and African Languages and Linguistics
ISSN: 2188-0840
Publisher Information: Tōkyō Gaikokugo Daigaku Ajia Afurika Gengo Bunka Kenkyūjo : Tōkyō
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 12
Issue: 3.31, Special Feature: GRAID
Pages: 1-16
Language(s): English
This volume gathers outlines of specialized corpus annotations for research into grammar and discourse from three different languages of Southeast Asia. The annotations implemented here follow the GRAID (‘Grammatical Relations and Animacy in Discourse’; Haig and Schnell 2014) conventions. The papers document the implementation of these conventions in individual languages, which are to be included in the publication of the respective corpora in Haig and Schnell’s (2015) Multi-CAST collection (‘Multilingual Corpus of Annotated Spoken Texts’, archived at the Language Archive Cologne). The three corpora have been annotated by the authors jointly with Stefan Schnell over the last year as part of a collaboration between the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the ILCAA-based project A collaborative network for usage-based research on lesser-studied languages. In this introduction we provide an outline of the principles of GRAID annotations and their purpose in research on discourse and grammar.
Keywords: discourse and grammar, corpus annotation, corpus-based typology, referential choice, evolution of grammar
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 14. November 2018