Dr Andreas Buerki
I am a member of the Centre for Language and Communication Research.
I am principally a quantitative corpus linguist and phraseologist, looking at how language as actually used by speakers (and writers) in real contexts works. My work is of a broadly usage-based, cognitive linguistic outlook, employing a constructionist approach to linguistic structure.
I am particularly interested in the various aspects of formulaic language (common turns of phrase, phraseology) and in the social and cultural nature of language and how this shows in linguistic structure, language change and in other areas.
I am a member of the 'Cardiff Corpus Network' of corpus linguists at Cardiff where among other projects, the CorCenCC Welsh language corpus project is based. I am also a member of the Cardiff Language and Law (CaLL) group and the Digital Cultures Network at Cardiff and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
Before coming to Cardiff I taught at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and previously also at the University of the West of England, the University of Basel, as well as Korea University and Gwangju University (Republic of Korea).
- Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN)
- International Cognitive Linguistics Association
- European Society of Phraseology (EUROPHRAS)
- Société Suisse de Linguistique (Swiss Linguistics Society)
I am a member of the scientific advisory council of the European Society of Phraseology, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
This year at postgraduate level, I teach the MA module on Quantitative Research Methods in linguistics (SET013), as well as teaching blocks on forensic authorship attribution as part of the Forensic Linguistics 2 module (SET002).
At undergraduate level, I teach on the modules 'How Language Works 1' (SE1113) and 'How Language Works 2' (SE1114) which are introductory modules to the study of language.
I also teach the 'Introduction to UNIX/Linux' workshop at Cardiff University's doctoral academy.
In the past, I have taught parts of a module on 'Reading and Writing in the Digital Age' module (SE1112) as well as modules on Second Language Acquisition and various introductory linguistics courses as well as workshops on corpus-linguistic, computational linguistic and statistics topics.
My primary research interests include:
- formulaic language and constructionist approaches to grammar
- corpus linguistic and quantitative approaches to linguistic research, including computational methods
- historical linguistics, particularly recent and ongoing change and motivation in linguistic change
- language, culture and society, particularly social and cultural aspects of linguistic structure
Currently, I am working on a monograph on formulaic language, linguistic change and socio-cultural change. I am also currently a co-investigator on a project investigating linguistic precursors of dementia where I am involved principally in automating and deriving various linguistic metrics from large amounts of texts written by participants in the study.
From 2013 to 2014, I was the sole investigator of an SNSF-funded project on the universality of formulaic language. This project looked at how formulaic language manifests itself in languages of morphologically different type using a 30-million word corpus of Wikipedia texts.
I welcome expressions of interest from prospective PhD students who are interested in working in the areas of:
- Formulaic Language
- Construction Grammar
- Language and Culture, incl. linguistic relativity
- Language change
- Authorship attribution
- other corpus linguistic topics with a quantitative element