报告题目：Conducting language research by combining cognitive and corpuslinguistic approaches
主讲人：Prof. Dilin Liu
The University of Alabama
In the past two decades, cognitive and corpus linguistics have emerged as arguably the two most influential linguistic approaches in the field. This speech explores rationales and existing efforts to integrate cognitive and corpus linguistic approaches in language research and teaching. It will first explore the theoretical grounds and rationales for combining the two linguistic approaches by focusing on the two approaches’ shared view of language as being usage-based and meaning-centered and their rejection of lexis and grammar as two rigid separate domains, a separation held by traditional linguistic theories. Then, using concrete language examples from English and Chinese, the speech will describe how combining Cognitive and corpus linguistic approaches may enhance 1) the validity and reliability of research on language use and 2) the effectiveness of language learning/teaching. Drawing on the speaker’s own research publications as well as those by other researchers, this part of the speech will focus on language usage issues that researchers and teachers alike have considered to be especially difficult to understand and explain, such as the use of collocations, phrasemes (including formulae), prepositions, synonyms, and tenses/aspects. The examples given will help showcase how combining Cognitive and corpus linguistic approaches can produce new insightful understandings about language usage and acquisition issues that could not be attained otherwise. The speech will end with a discussion of the challenges and future directions of combining Cognitive and corpus linguistic approaches in language research and teaching.
Dr. Dilin Liu is Professor and Coordinator of the Applied Linguistics/TESOL program in the English Department at the University of Alabama, U.S.A. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University. His research and teaching focus on the description and teaching of English grammar and vocabulary using cognitive-, corpus-, and sociolinguistic approaches. He has published extensively, including six books (five authored and one edited) and numerous journal articles and book chapters. His articles have appeared in many different leading international journals in linguistics and applied linguistics, including Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics,ELT Journal, English for Specific Purposes, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics,Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Journal of English Linguistics, Language Teaching Research, Modern Language Journal, Research in the Teaching of English, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Journal,and TESOL Quarterly. He has served on the editorial boards of ELT Journal, Lingua, TESOL Journal, TESOL Quarterly, among others, as well as a reviewer for over twenty international journals and book publishers, such as Cambridge University Press, Palgrave-MacMillan, and Routledge. He also served as the Chair of the Applied Linguistics Interest Section of TESOL International Association (2011-2012) and President of Oklahoma TESOL (2005—2006). In addition, he has received several teaching and other achievement awards and honors, such as the University Alabama A&S Distinguished Teaching Fellow (2013-2016), Oklahoma City University Outstanding Faculty Award (2003), and Oklahoma State University A&S Distinguished Alumnus (2015). Finally, he has also been a frequent invited speaker at international conferences and universities in the U.S. and many other countries and regions, such as Brazil, Cambodia, China, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.