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Probabilistic German Morphosyntax (Habilitationsschrift)

Probabilistic German Morphosyntax is a sequence of papers with a methodological introduction and overview chapter representing my kumulative Habilitation (cumulative version of the second thesis in the German-speaking systems). The thesis has been accepted by the Faculty of Languages and Letters of the Humboldt University Berlin (Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and the official process of habilitation (Habilitationsverfahren) is ongoing.

Download: Roland Schäfer (2018) Probabilistic German Morphosyntax. General introduction, overview, and wrap-up (Rahmentext der kumulativen Habilitationsschrift).

Information about the individual papers:

  1. Roland Schäfer (2018, to appear) Abstractions and exemplars: the measure noun phrase alternation in German. To appear in Cognitive Linguistics (COGL) 29(4).
  2. Roland Schäfer & Ulrike Sayatz (2016) Punctuation and Syntactic Structure in “obwohl” and “weil” Clauses in Nonstandard Written German. Written Language and Literacy (WLL) 19:2, 215–248.
  3. Roland Schäfer (2016, ahead of print) Prototype-driven Alternations: The Case of German Weak Nouns. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory (CLLT).
  4. Roland Schäfer & Ulrike Sayatz (2014) Die Kurzformen des Indefinitartikels im Deutschen (Cliticization of the Indefinite Article in German). Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft (ZS) 33(2).

Linguistic web characterization and web corpus creation (DFG)

Work on this project at Freie Universität Berlin, German Grammar GroupGerman and Dutch Philology, is supported by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) grant SCHA1916/1-1.

Project leader: Roland Schäfer

Funding amount: 286,100€

Runtime: January 2015 – June 2018 (interrupted April–September 2016)

Student assistants:

  • Kim Maser, Humboldt-Universität Berlin (2015–2017)
  • Luise Rißmann, Freie Universität Berlin (2015–)

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COW web corpus initiative

COW (COrpora from the Web) is a collection of linguistically processed gigatoken web corpora. We have corpora in major European languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish). Currently, the corpora are between 1 billion and 10 billion tokens large. The third-generation corpora COW2014 are all larger than their predecessors, some containing 10 billion tokens or more. We are also focusing on corpus quality in all areas (data collection as well as post-processing and linguistic annotation), not just larger corpus sizes. To avoid legal problems with copyright claims, the published corpora are sentence shuffles.

Please go to the web page of COW (Corpoa from the Web).