Workshop: Language and networks

Culture and languages

The workshop brings together linguists working in Gothenburg who use the concept of “network” in their research on language.

23 Nov 2023
13:00 - 16:00
C452, Faculty of Humanities, Renströmsgatan 6
Registration deadline
16 November 2023

Evie Coussé, Researcher, Department of languages and literatures


Time Speaker Title
13:00-13:30 Freek Van de Velde (KULeuven) Degeneracy: upholding horizontal relations in a constructional network
13:30-14:00 Aleksandrs Berdicevskis (SFS, Språkbanken Text) Linguistic innovations and social networks
14:00-14:30 Felix Morger (SFS, Språkbanken Text) Benefits and challenges of using neural networks for language modeling
14:30-15:00 Coffee break  
15:00-15:30 Benjamin Lyngfelt (SFS) Network development in the Swedish ConstructiCon
15:30-16:00 Evie Coussé (SPL) Connecting the dots. Building a network of verb constructions in Dutch


Networks are used in very diverse approaches to language, for instance:

  • Constructional networks in construction grammar
  • Neural networks in computational language learning
  • Social networks in sociolinguistics

The aim of the workshop is to get an overview of the linguistic research that uses networks in Gothenburg, in order to see whether there are areas of convergence, and a potential for exchange and collaboration. The contributors of the workshop present their ongoing research, with a focus on the role of networks in their theory, data and visualization. Central questions discussed by contributors:

  • What kind of concept of network do you use?
  • What theoretical background?
  • What kind of data?
  • What kind of method?
  • Do you use visualizations?
  • What kind of input/collaboration do you need?


The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. Please, send a mail to before 16 November 2023 to register.


Organizer: Evie Coussé

Part of the seminar series of the research area Linguistic Structures at the Department of Languages and Literatures.