DiscAn – Towards a Discourse Annotation System for Dutch Language Corpora

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Basic information about the individual subcorpora

Degand aangezien, want, omdat Corpus

The Degand 2.2 subcorpus was compiled for a study of the causal connectives "aangezien", "want" and "omdat" in Dutch news. It consists of 143 cases from a Dutch newspaper (NRC Handelsblad from 1994).

Degand, L. (2001). Form and function of causation: A theoretical and empirical investigation of causal constructions in Dutch. Leuven: Peeters.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Liesbeth Degand at Université catholique de Louvain (Place B. Pascal, 1 -L3.03.33, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Room: C.464, Email: liesbeth.degand@uclouvain.be)

DiscAn: PanderMaatSanders Corpus

The PanderMaatSanders subcorpus was compiled for a study of the causal connectives "daardoor", "daarom" and "dus" in Dutch news. It consists of 100 cases from a Dutch newspaper (de Volkskrant 1994 and 1995).

Pander Maat, H. and T. Sanders (2000). Domains of use or subjectivity: The distribution of three Dutch causal connectives explained. In: E. Couper-Kuhlen and B. Kortmann (eds.), Cause, condition, concession, and contrast: Cognitive and discourse perspectives, 57–82. Berlin et al.: Mouton de Gruyter.

Contact: Dr. Henk Pander Maat and Prof. Dr. Ted Sanders at Utrecht University (Trans 10, NL-3512 JK Utrecht, Email: H.L.W.PanderMaat@uu.nl and T.J.M.Sanders@uu.nl)

DiscAn: Persoon Corpus

The Persoon subcorpus was compiled for a study of the causal connectives "want" and "omdat" in Dutch spontaneous conversations. It consists of cases from the Corpus of Spoken Dutch (Corpus Gesproken Nederlands, CGN).

Persoon, I., Sanders, T., Quené, H. & A. Verhagen (2010). Een coördinerende omdat-constructie in gesproken Nederlands? Tekstlinguïstische en prosodische aspecten. Nederlandse Taalkunde, 15, 259-282.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ted Sanders and Ingrid Persoon at Utrecht University (Trans 10 and Korte Nieuwstraat 2-4, Utrecht, Email: T.J.M.Sanders@uu.nl)

DiscAn: Pit_narrative corpus of doordat, omdat and want (Pit narrdow) and DiscAn: Pit_news corpus of aangezien, doordat, omdat and want (Pit totadow)

The Pit narrdow and totadow subcorpora were compiled for a study of the causal connectives "aangezien", "doordat", "omdat" and "want" in Dutch, German and French narratives and news. The narrdow subcorpus consists of cases from 22 Dutch novels published between 1990 and 1996. The totadow subcorpus consists of cases from a Dutch newspaper (de Volkskrant) from 1995.

Pit, M. (2003). How to express yourself with a causal connective? Subjectivity and causal connectives in Dutch, German and French. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi B.V.

Contact: Dr. Mirna Pit at Bureau ICE (Godfried Bomansstraat 4, NL-4103 WR Culemborg, Email: MPit@bureau-ice.nl)

DiscAn: SandersSpooren Corpus

The SandersSpooren subcorpus was compiled for a study of the causal connectives "want" and "omdat" in several types of discourse. It consists of cases from news, spontaneous conversation and chat data.

Spooren, W., Sanders, T., Huiskes, M. & L. Degand (2010). Subjectivity and Causality: A Corpus Study of Spoken Language. In: S. Rice & J. Newman (eds.) Empirical and Experimental Methods in Cognitive/Functional Research. (pp.241-255). Chicago: CSLI publications.

Sanders, T.J.M. & Spooren, W.P.M.S. (2009). Causal categories in discourse: Converging evidence from language use. In T.J.M. Sanders & E.E. Sweetser (Eds.), Causal categories in discourse and cognition (Cognitive Linguistics Research, 44) (pp. 205-246). Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Sanders, T. & Spooren, W. (under review). Causality and subjectivity in discourse: The meaning and use of causal connectives in spontaneous conversation, chat interactions and written text.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Wilbert Spooren at Radboud University Nijmegen (Erasmusplein 1, kamer 06.29, NL-6525 HT Nijmegen, Email: w.spooren@let.ru.nl) and Prof. Dr. Ted Sanders at Utrecht University (Trans 10, 3512 JK, Utrecht, Email: T.J.M.Sanders@uu.nl)

DiscAn: Stukker corpus of daardoor, corpus of daarom and corpus of dus

The Stukker_daardoor, Stukker_daarom and Stukker_dus subcorpora were compiled for a study of the causal connectives "daardoor", "daarom" and "dus" in Dutch news. They consist of cases from a Dutch newspaper (Trouw) from 2001.

Stukker, N. (2005). Causality marking across levels of language structure: a cognitive semantic analysis of causal verbs and causal connectives in Dutch. Doctoral dissertation, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Contact: Dr. Ninke Stukker at Leiden University (Witte Singel-complex, P.N. van Eyckhof 1, 2311 BV Leiden, Room 1.06a, Email: n.m.stukker@hum.leidenuniv.nl)

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