Dr. Stefan Schnell
Senior researcher (Distributional Linguistics Lab, Department of Comparative Language Science, Univeristy of Zurich)
I am a senior researcher in the Distributional Linguistics Lab in the Department of Comparative Language Science at the University of Zurich. In my research I investigate morphosyntactic variation in the usage of diverse languages by deploying quantitative corpus linguistic methods. The two main general goals of my work are 1. contribute to a better understanding of universal and language-specific aspects of language use and 2. elucidate the relationshsip between variation in language use and the distribution of lnguistic structures across human languages.
- Margetts, A., Haude, K., Himmelmann, NP., Jung, D., Riesberg, S., Schnell, S., Seifart, F., Sheppard, H., Wegener, C. (2022). Cross-linguistic patterns in the lexicalisation of BRING and TAKE. Studies in Language onine. http://doi.org/10.1075/sl.19088.mar
- Schnell, S., Schiborr, NN. (2022). Crosslinguistic corpus studies in linguistic typology. Annual Review of Linguistics 8, 171 – 191.
- Barth, D., Schnell, S. (2022). Understanding corpus linguistics. London: Routledge.
- Haig, G., Schnell, S., Seifart, F. (Eds.). (2021). Doing corpus-based typology with spoken language data: State of the art. Special Publication No. 25 of Language Documentation and Conservation. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.
My core interest in linguistics revolves around questions of typological divsersity and universal trends in human languages, and their roots in language use during communication. I investigate this relationship in corpus-linguistic studies of diverse, and in particular understudied, languages from different families that emerge as a new field called corpus-based typology.
I am co-editor (with Geoffrey Haig, Bamberg) of the multilingual corpus of annotated spoken texts Multi-CAST. Based on this corpus I have over recent years published a range of studies addressing questions of argument realisation, argument encoding and alignment.
Fieldwork and language documentation in North Vanuatu
Since 2006 I have been conducting fieldwork on Vanua Lava in North Vanuatu to document and describe the Oceanic language Vera’a which is one of two still actively used languages on the island alongside Vurës. I have also been recording some of the last speakers of the moribund language Lemerig.