Quantitative methods in Cognitive Linguistics

Principal investigator: Laura A. Janda

Project title: Quantitative Methods in Cognitive Linguistics

Summary of the project:

The development of the quantitative turn in cognitive linguistics has been facilitated by a confluence of three factors: the usage-based nature of the cognitive linguistics framework, the advent of electronic archives of language data, and the development of statistical software. Cognitive linguists are employing a variety of statistical models, motivated by the kinds of research questions that are being asked and answered using quantitative tools. There is also range of opportunities and dangers that we face in taking this quantitative turn. The development of the TROLLing (Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics) is a direct result of this project.

Link to the project result: https://dataverse.no/dataverse/trolling

Project duration: 2013 – present

Key publications:


Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn. The Essential Reader. Edited by Laura A. Janda. 2013. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 289pp.


Janda, Laura A. “The Quantitative Turn”. In Barbara Dancygier (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 498-514. ISBN-13: 9781107118447.

Janda, Laura A. “Quantitative Perspectives in Cognitive Linguistics”. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 17:1(2019), 7–28. https://doi.org/10.1075/rcl.00024.jan

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