QLVL members - Benedikt Szmrecsanyi


Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (┬░1976) studied English Philology, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and at Georgetown University (Washington D.C.). He holds MA, PhD, and Habilitation degrees from the University of Freiburg. He did postdoctoral research at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced studies, before taking up a lectureship in English Linguistics at the University of Manchester. Benedikt joined the KU Leuven in 2013.

E-mail: benszm@kuleuven.be
URL: http://perswww.kuleuven.be/~u0088722, http://www.benszm.net
Phone: +32 16 32 48 23
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: LETT.02.34



Benedikt's research interests all broadly fall within the remit of variationist linguistics and variation studies. He views linguistic variation as a window into the hidden structure of human language and the nature of linguistic knowledge, and is ultimately interested in what fuels linguistic variation in synchrony and diachrony.

Research interests:
  • variation studies (synchronic and diachronic)
  • probabilistic grammar
  • language complexity
  • geolinguistics, dialectology, and dialect typology
  • varieties of English world-wide
  • methods: probabilistic modeling, aggregate analysis techniques, corpus-based dialectometry
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Recent representative publications

Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller & Melanie R├Âthlisberger (2016). "Around the world in three alternations: Modeling syntactic variation in varieties of English". English World-Wide 37(2): 109-137. (link to paper)

Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Douglas Biber, Jesse Egbert & Karlien Franco (2016). "Toward more accountability: Modeling ternary genitive variation in Late Modern English". Language Variation and Change 28(1): 1-29. (link to paper)

Hinrichs, Lars, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Axel Bohmann (2015). "Which-hunting and the Standard English relative clause". Language 91(4): 806-836. (link to paper)

Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (book website)

A complete list of publications is available here.