Corpus Approaches to Lexicogrammar (LxGr) is an annual symposium taking place online in early July.

See here for details on LxGr2023

The focus of LxGr is the interaction of lexis and grammar. It is influenced by Halliday’s view of lexis and grammar as “complementary perspectives” (1991: 32), and his conception of the two as notional ends of a continuum (lexicogrammar), in that “if you interrogate the system grammatically you will get grammar-like answers and if you interrogate it lexically you get lexis-like answers” (1992: 64).

LxGr primarily welcomes papers reporting on corpus-based research on any aspect of the interaction of lexis and grammar — particularly studies that interrogate the system lexicogrammatically to get lexicogrammatical answers. However, position papers discussing theoretical or methodological issues are also welcome, as long as they are relevant to both lexicogrammar and corpus linguistics. More specifically, studies can:

  • focus more on the lexis or grammar end of the continuum, or adopt an integrative approach.
  • discuss different interpretations of the nature of lexicogrammar.
  • operate within any theoretical approach that takes into account the interaction of lexis and grammar such as Construction Grammar, Lexical Grammar, Pattern Grammar, Systemic Functional Grammar, Valency Grammar.
  • discuss empirical findings in need of theoretical interpretation.
  • adopt a synchronic or diachronic approach.
  • examine any language, or compare different languages.
  • examine L1 and/or L2 use.
  • discuss the implications of the findings of corpus-based lexicogrammatical research for applied linguistics (for example forensic linguistics, lexicography, language acquisition, language processing, language teaching, language testing and assessment, translation, sociolinguistics, discourse studies).
  • report on the development of relevant research resources or applications (for example language teaching, translation, critical discourse studies).

Full papers are allocated a total of 35 minutes (including 10 minutes for discussion).
Work-in-progress reports are allocated a total of 20 minutes (including 5 minutes for discussion).

There are no parallel sessions.

Participation is free.

If you have any questions regarding the LxGr symposium, please contact the organiser, Costas Gabrielatos.