The group’s research is based on usage-based, probabilistic language models (as developed in Halliday 1985/2013, 2005) and draws mainly on quantitative empirical methods including (multivariate) statistics.
The group’s research topics are in line with the division’s research areas and comprise
- non-native language use in specialised English discourse
- linguistic variation: Interfaces between regional and functional variation
- multilingual text production and translation
- structural patterns of literary texts
Ongoing externally funded projects:
Methodologically, we use mainly strongly computer-oriented corpus-based approaches as well as experimental methods such as eye-tracking and keystroke logging. Working with various types of non-native and/or non-canonical language as well as intermediate versions during text production results in a methodological cross-sectional topic.
The long-term goal is to provide linguistic evidence of the organisation of the language system into sub-systems that filter language use according to the requirements of specific situations and to extend the description to typological aspects.