Publications & Presentations

Publications

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in press

Rosseel, Laura, Karlien Franco and Melanie Röthlisberger. 2020. Extending the scope of lectometry [Introduction to special issue]. Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik. [download submitted version without peer-review]

Röthlisberger, Melanie. Exploring variation in World Englishes. In: Eva Zehentner, Melanie Röthlisberger and Timothy Colleman (eds.), Ditransitive constructions in Germanic languages: Diachronic and synchronic aspects. John Benjamins. [download submitted version without peer-review]

Gerwin, Johanna and Melanie Röthlisberger. Dialectal ditransitive patterns in British English: Weighing sociolinguistic factors against language-internal constraints. In: Eva Zehentner, Melanie Röthlisberger and Timothy Colleman (eds.), Ditransitive constructions in Germanic languages: Diachronic and synchronic aspects. John Benjamins. [download submitted version without peer-review]

Röthlisberger, Melanie and Sali A. Tagliamonte. The social embedding of a syntactic alternation: Variable particle placement in Ontario English. Language Variation and Change.[download accepted version]

The final publication is available at [LINK PUBLISHER], DOI: [LINK DOI]. This article is under copyright with Cambridge University Press with a CC BY-NC-ND license.

Röthlisberger, Melanie. Social constraints on syntactic variation: The role of gender in Jamaican English ditransitive constructions. In: Tobias Bernaisch (ed.), Gender in World Englishes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [download submitted version without peer-review | download publisher’s version after May 2021]

This material has been published in revised form in the above mentioned edited volume [link to publisher’s website]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Melanie Röthlisberger.

Marianne Hundt, Melanie Röthlisberger and Elena Seoane. Predicting voice alternation across academic Englishes. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory [download publisher’s version]

The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com, DOI: 10.1515/cllt-2017-0050

2020

Tamaredo, Ivàn, Melanie Röthlisberger, Jason Grafmiller and Benedikt Heller. Probabilistic indigenization effects at the lexis-syntax interface. English Language and Linguistics.[download accepted version]

The final publication is available at www.cambridge.org, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1360674319000133. This article is under copyright with Cambridge University Press with a CC BY-NC-ND license.

Katharina Pabst, Lex Konnelly, Melanie Röthlisberger and Sali A. Tagliamonte. Individual- vs. community-level variation: new evidence from variable (t,d) in Canadian English. In: Yoshiyuki Asahi (ed.), Proceedings of Methods XVI. Papers from the Sixteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2017. Bern: Peter Lang, 17-25.[only pre-reviewed version available due to copyright restrictions, please contact me for published version]

The final publication is available at: https://doi.org/10.3726/b17102/ peterlang.com. © [Rechteinhaber, Copyright 2020]. Alle Rechte vorbehalten / All rights reserved.

Benedikt Szmrecsanyi and Melanie Röthlisberger. World Englishes from the perspective of dialect typology. In: Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt and Edgar Schneider (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes. Cambridge: CUP, 534-558. [no manuscript available due to copyright restrictions, please contact me or the University of Zurich for a version]

The final publication is available at www.cambridge.org, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108349406. This article is under copyright with Cambridge University Press.

2019

2019. Röthlisberger, Melanie. [Review]. Modeling World Englishes: Assessing the interplay of emancipation and globalization of ESL varieties. Sandra C. Deshors (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [download pdf]. Originally published on LinguistList.

2019. Röthlisberger, Melanie and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Dialect typology: Recent advances. In Stan Brunn and Roland Kehrein (eds.), The Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73400-2_133-1 [download accepted version | download publisher’s version]

2018

2018. Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Melanie Röthlisberger and Benedikt Heller. General introduction: A comparative perspective on probabilistic variation in grammar. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 3(1): 94. 1–10. [Open access article]

2018. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Regional variation in probabilistic grammars: A multifactorial study of the English dative alternation. PhD dissertation, KU Leuven. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4022349.

2017

2017. Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Melanie Röthlisberger & Benedikt Heller (eds.). Probabilistic grammars: Syntactic variation in a comparative perspective. Special Collection of Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. [Special Collection website]

2017. Röthlisberger, Melanie, Jason Grafmiller and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Cognitive indigenization effects in the English dative alternation. Cognitive Linguistics 18(4): 673-710. [download publisher’s version]

The final publication is also available at www.degruyter.com, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2016-0051

2016

2016. Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller and Melanie Röthlisberger. Around the world in three alternations: modeling syntactic variation in varieties of English. English World-Wide 37(2), 109-137. [download accepted version]

The final publication is available at https://doi.org/10.1075/eww.37.2.01szm. This article is under copyright by John Benjamins. Please contact the publisher for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.

2015

2015. Röthlisberger, Melanie. [Review]. The Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond. Sarah Buschfeld, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber and Alexander Kautzsch (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [download pdf]

2013

2013. Röthlisberger, Melanie and Gerold Schneider. 2013. Of-genitive versus s-genitive: A corpus-based analysis of possessive constructions in 20th century American English. In: Paul Bennett, Martin Durrell, Silke Scheible and Richard J. Whitt (eds.), New Methods in Historical Corpus Linguistics. (Corpus Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language). Narr: Tübingen, 163-179. [download publisher’s version]


Presentations

upcoming (rescheduled due to Corona)

Röthlisberger, Melanie. Erforschung der Sprachvariation im schweizerdeutschen Dialekt von Kindern in städtischen und ländlichen Räumen. Presentation at 20. Arbeitstagung zur Alemannischen Dialektologie, Autumn 2022, Pädagogische Hochschule Graubünden, Switzerland. [all abstracts here]

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Marianne Hundt. Prepositional complementation across time and space: variation in Late Modern British and Southern Hemisphere English argument structure constructions. Presentation at ICEHL 21, 7-11 June 2021, Leiden, NL.

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Laura Rosseel. On the acquisition of ethnolectal features by Swiss-German-speaking children in urban and rural areas. Presentation at Variation in Language Acquisition (ViLA 4), 2-4 June 2021, Rorschach, Switzerland.

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Laura Rosseel. Measuring language attitudes towards ethnolectal features in Swiss-German-speaking children: A novel approach. Presentation at Methods in Dialectology XVII, 2-6 August 2021, Mainz, Germany.

2021

Röthlisberger, Melanie. Erforschung der Sprachvariation im schweizerdeutschen Dialekt von Kindern: Projektvorstellung. Präsentation an 1. Workshop zur Forschung zum Schweizerdeutschen, 2021, Universität Bern, Switzerland. 9. April 2021. [Folien]

2019

Röthlisberger, Melanie. Exploring dialect variation in Englishes world-wide: How to prepare students for linguistic diversity. Presentation at the Alumni Colloquium of the English Seminar, 27 August 2019, University of Zurich, Switzerland.[slides][Exercise ewave][task sheet dialects project][reading sources for dialects project]

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Laura Rosseel. The use of ethnolectal features by pre-adolescent children in German-speaking Switzerland. Paper presented at the Societas Linguistica Europaea 51, 21-24 August 2019, Leipzig, Germany.[slides]

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Laura Rosseel. How pre-adolescents use ethnolectal features in urban areas: A case study of German-speaking Switzerland. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, 26-28 June 2019, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.[slides]

Röthlisberger, Melanie. The influence of social constraints on syntactic variation: Global and local patterns in the English dative alternation. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, 26-28 June 2019, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.[slides]

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Sali A. Tagliamonte. “Just google up the answer”: Patterns of variation in particle placement in Ontario, Canada. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, 26-28 June 2019, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Marianne Hundt. Filling the historical gap: Situating prepositional complementation in early New Zealand and early Australian English in its historical and contemporary context. Poster to be presented at the 24th Annual IAWE conference, 20-22 June, Limerick, Ireland.[poster]

Gerwin, Johanna & Melanie Röthlisberger. Dialectal ditransitive patterns in British English: Language-internal vs. language-external constraints. Paper presented at ICAME 40, 1-5 June 2019, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.[slides]

Röthlisberger, Melanie. The effect of register on syntactic alternations: An exploratory case study of regional variation in the English dative alternation. Paper presented at ICAME 40, 1-5 June 2019, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.[slides]

Perez, Danae & Melanie Röthlisberger. Creoles in contrast: Exploring the typological similarities of creoles and their lexifiers with neighbornet. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, 3-6 January 2019, New York, US.[slides]

2018

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Laura Rosseel. Ethnolectal features in children’s vernacular in urban and rural German-speaking Switzerland: An exploratory case study. Paper presented at the international conference Urban Language Research, 31 October – 3 November 2018, Graz, Austria.[slides]

Röthlisberger, Melanie. Syntactic variation, constructional entrenchment and World Englishes: Inside the English dative alternation. Paper presented at the 51th Annual meeting of the SLE, 29 August – 01 September 2018, Tallin, Estonia.[slides]

Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller & Melanie Röthlisberger. How many probabilistic grammars does it take to model a world language? Paper presented at ISLE 5, 17-20 July 2018, London, UK.

Röthlisberger, Melanie. 2018. Regional variation in the lexical profiles of the English dative alternation. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, 27-30 June 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.[slides]

Röthlisberger, Melanie. 2018. Mapping syntactic variation in varieties of English world-wide: A comparative sociolinguistic approach. Paper presented at the Zurich Conference on Postcolonial Language Studies, 4-6 June 2018, Zurich, Switzerland.[slides]

Tamaredo, Ivan, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller & Melanie Röthlisberger. 2018. Measuring the variational homogeneity of English as a world language: probabilistic indigenization effects in four syntactic alternations. Paper presented at ICAME 39, 30 May – 3 June 2018, Tampere, Finland.[slides][abstract]

Röthlisberger, Melanie & Sali A. Tagliamonte. 2018. “You can just google it up”: Patterns of variation in particle placement in North American English. Paper  presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, 4-7 January 2018, Salt Lake City, US. [pdf poster][pdf handout]

2017

2017d. Pabst, Katharina, Lex Konnelly, Melanie Röthlisberger and Sali Tagliamonte. The individual vs. the community: Evidence from t/d deletion in Canadian English. Paper presented at the Methods in Dialectology conference XVI, Tachikawa, Japan, 8 August 2017.

2017c. Röthlisberger, Melanie and Sali A. Tagliamonte. “You can just google it up”: Patterns of variation in particle placement in Ontario English. Paper presented at the QLVL Research meeting, KU Leuven, Belgium, 13 February 2017.

2017b. Röthlisberger, Melanie. 3D modelling in R. Workshop, University of Toronto, Canada, 20 January 2017.

2017a. Röthlisberger, Melanie and Sali A. Tagliamonte. Particle placement in Ontario English: Is there a founder effect? Paper presented at the LVC Research meeting, University of Toronto, Canada, 13 January 2017.

2016

2016j. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Is indigenization in probabilistic constraints a sign of different grammars? Insights from syntactic variation in New Englishes. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45, Vancouver, Canada, 6 November 2016.[abstract | slides]

2016i. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Lexical variation in syntactic profiles: New insights from World Englishes. Paper presented at the 8th Annual LGCU Welcome Workshop, Toronto, Canada, 7 October 2016. [abstract | slides]

2016h. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Syntactic variation as a measure of indigenization in New Englishes. Paper presented at the LVC Research meeting, Toronto, Canada, 29 September 2016.

2016g. Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt and Melanie Röthlisberger. Context matters: The probabilistic grammar of international varieties of English. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistic Symposium 21, Murcia, Spain, 17 June 2016. [abstract | slides]

2016f. Heller, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller, Melanie Röthlisberger and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Syntactic variation and probabilistic indigenization in World Englishes. Paper presented at ICAME 37, Hong Kong, 29 May 2016. [slides]

2016e. Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Heller, Melanie Röthlisberger and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Syntactic variation and probabilistic indigenization in World Englishes. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation (NWASV) 2, Ghent, Belgium, 19 May 2016. [abstract | slides]

2016d. Röthlisberger, Melanie, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Syntactic variation, probabilistic indigenization, and World Englishes. Paper presented at the BKL Taaldag, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 13 May 2016. [abstract | slides]

2016c. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Cognitive indigenization effects in the English dative alternation. Paper presented at the Lunchtime Talk, Zurich, Switzerland, 27 April 2016. [slides]

2016b. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Cognitive indigenization effects in the English dative alternation. Paper presented at the workshop Probabilistic variation across dialects and varieties, Leuven, Belgium, 4 April 2016. [slides]

2016a. Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Heller, Melanie Röthlisberger and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Syntactic variation as a measure of probabilistic indigenization in global varieties of English. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 90, Washington DC, USA, 10 January 2016. [slides]

2015

2015g. Heller, Benedikt and Melanie Röthlisberger. Big data on trial: Researching syntactic alternations in GloWbE and ICE. Paper presented at From Data to Evidence (d2e), Helsinki, Finland, 21 October 2015. [abstract | slides]

2015f. Grafmiller, Jason and Melanie Röthlisberger. Syntactic alternations, schematization, and collostructional diversity in World Englishes. Paper presented at the 21st conference of the International Association of World Englishes (IAWE 21), Istanbul, Turkey, 09 October 2015. [abstract | slides]

2015e. Röthlisberger, Melanie, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. What choice(s) do we have? Processing and contextual constraints on syntactic variation across the globe. Paper presented at the 21st conference of the International Association of World Englishes (IAWE 21), Istanbul, Turkey, 09 October 2015. [abstract | slides]

2015d. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Cognitive constraints on the dative alternation across space and registers. Paper presented at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference 13 (ICLC 13), Newcastle, UK, 25 July 2015. [abstract | slides]

2015c. Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller and Melanie Röthlisberger. Probabilistic variation in a comparative perspective: the grammar of varieties of English. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 8), Leipzig, Germany, 27-29 May 2015. [abstract | slides]

2015b. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Probabilistic constraints on linguistic choice-making: the dative alternation in varieties of English. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 8), Leipzig, Germany, 27-29 May 2015. [abstract | slides]

2015a. Röthlisberger, Melanie and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Modeling the dative alternation in four varieties of English. Paper presented at the GLIMS workshop on Variation and Change in Dative and Ditransitive Constructions, Ghent, Belgium, 24 February 2015. [slides]

2014

2014b. Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Heller, Melanie Röthlisberger and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Exploring probabilistic grammars in varieties of English. Paper presented at ICAME 35, Nottingham, UK, 30 April – 04 May 2014. [slides]

2014a. Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Heller, Melanie Röthlisberger and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Exploring probabilistic grammars in varieties of English. Poster presented at ISLE 3, Zurich, 25 August 2014. [abstract | poster]

2012

2012d. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Register variation and the dative alternation in 20th century American English. Paper presented at ELC 3, Santiago di Compostela, Spain, 21-22 September 2012. [slides]

2012c. Röthlisberger, Melanie. Syntactic weight and the dative alternation in 20th century British and American English. Paper presented at ICEHL 17, Zurich, Switzerland, 20-25 August 2012. [slides]

2012b. Röthlisberger, Melanie. The dative alternation in 20th century Newspaper Language. Work-in-progress report presented at ICAME 33, Leuven, Belgium, 30 May – 03 June 2012. [slides]

2012a. Lehmann, Hans Martin, Melanie Röthlisberger and Gerold Schneider. The genitive’s choice: exploring of-genitive and Saxon genitive. Paper presented at ICAME 33, Leuven, Belgium, 30 May – 03 June 2012. [slides]

2011

2011b. Röthlisberger, Melanie. A comparative analysis of an invariant tag in six varieties of English, eh? Work-in-progress report presented at ICAME 32, Oslo, Norway, 01-05 June 2011. [slides]

2011a. Röthlisberger, Melanie and Gerold Schneider. Of-genitive versus s-genitive: A corpus-based analysis of possessive constructions in 20th century American English. Paper presented at New Methods in Historical corpora, Manchester, UK, 29-30 April, 2011. [abstract | slides]