Prof. Dr. Walt Detmar Meurers
Corpora and Syntax


W. Detmar Meurers and Stefan Müller


Chapter 42 in Lüdeling, A. and Kytö, M.: Corpus Linguistics. Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK), Volume 2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 2009. 920--933.


Following an introduction characterizing the context of using corpora in syntactic research, we investigated how unannotated and annotated corpora can be searched to find data exemplifying patterns of interest to theoretical syntax. Based on three case studies making use of a syntactically annotated newspaper corpus, we illustrated that searching for relevant corpus examples can serve as an important component of empirically grounded syntactic research.



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Bibtex entry:

  author    = {Meurers, Walt Detmar and Stefan M\"uller},
  title     = {Corpora and Syntax (Article 42)},
  booktitle = {Corpus linguistics},
  editor    = {Anke L\"udeling and Merja Kyt\"o},
  volume    = {2},
  publisher = {Mouton de Gruyter},
  address   = {Berlin},
  pages     = {920--933},  
  url       = {},
  year      = {2009}