Dr Florent Perek
Department of English Language and Linguistics
Associate Professor in Cognitive Linguistics
Deputy Director of the Centre for Corpus Research
- Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
I am a cognitive linguist, a quantitative corpus linguist, and a construction grammarian. I teach classes on topics surrounding the grammar and semantics of English.
- PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Freiburg, Germany and the University of Lille 3, France (co-tutelle)
- MA in Linguistics and Natural Language Processing, University of Lille 3
- Engineer’s degree (software engineering) from the Institut de Génie Informatique et Industriel, Lens, France
Hailing from France, I first graduated in computer science in Lens before studying linguistics in Lille. I completed my PhD in English linguistics in Freiburg, Germany, in 2012. I spent my postdoc years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology in Princeton University, USA, and as a Teaching and Research Fellow at the English department in Basel, Switzerland. I joined the Department of English Language and Linguistics in Birmingham as a Lecturer in April 2016.
I teach on and/or convene the following modules on the BA and campus MA programmes:
- Fundamentals of Language: Grammar and Discourse (1st year BA, with Phil Freestone)
- English Grammar (2nd year BA)
- Describing Language (MA, with Garry Plappert)
Florent Perek would be happy to take on prospective PhD students interested to pursue a project in cognitive linguistics with a particular focus on the syntax, morphology, or semantics of English (and/or other European languages), and preferably using corpus-based and/or experimental methods.
Find out more - our PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.
My main research interests lie in the study of grammar from a cognitive and corpus linguistic perspective. I focus in particular on how syntactic constructions are mentally represented, how they are learned, and how they change over time.
I am a board member of the French Cognitive Linguistics Association (AFLiCo), and webmaster of their website. I am also an editor for the journal CogniTextes.
Perek, F 2015, Argument Structure in Usage-Based Construction Grammar: Experimental and Corpus-based Perspectives. Constructional Approaches to Language, vol. 17, John Benjamins, Amsterdam. <https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/books/9789027268754>
Hilpert, M & Perek, F 2022, 'You don't get to see that every day: on the development of permissive get', Constructions and Frames, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 13-40. https://doi.org/10.1075/cf.00056.hil
Busso, L, Perek, F & Lenci, A 2021, 'Constructional associations trump lexical associations in processing valency coercion', Cognitive Linguistics, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 287-318. https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2020-0050
Busso, L, Lenci, A & Perek, F 2020, 'Valency coercion in Italian: An exploratory study', Constructions and Frames, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 171-205. https://doi.org/10.1075/cf.00039.bus
Perek, F & Patten, A 2019, 'Towards an English constructicon using patterns and frames', International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 354–384. https://doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.00016.per
Perek, F & Hilpert, M 2017, 'A distributional semantic approach to the periodization of change in the productivity of constructions', International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 490-520. https://doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.16128.per
Perek, F & Goldberg, A 2017, 'Linguistic generalization on the basis of function and constraints on the basis of statistical preemption', Cognition, vol. 168, pp. 276-293.
Perek, F 2016, 'Recent change in the productivity and schematicity of the way-construction: a distributional semantic analysis', Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2016-0014
Perek, F 2016, 'Using distributional semantics to study syntactic productivity in diachrony: A case study', Linguistics, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 149-188. https://doi.org/10.1515/ling-2015-0043
Perek, F & Goldberg, A 2015, 'Generalizing beyond the input: The functions of the constructions matter', Journal of Memory and Language, vol. 84, pp. 108-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2015.04.006
Hilpert, M & Perek, F 2015, 'Meaning change in a petri dish: Constructions, semantic vector spaces, and motion charts', Linguistics Vanguard, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 339-350. https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2015-0013
Perek, F & Hilpert, M 2014, 'Constructional tolerance: Cross-linguistic differences in the acceptability of non-conventional uses of constructions', Constructions and Frames, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 266-304. https://doi.org/10.1075/cf.6.2.06per
Patten, A & Perek, F 2022, Pedagogic applications of the English Constructicon. in HC Boas (ed.), Directions for Pedagogical Construction Grammar: Learning and teaching (with) constructions. Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL], vol. 49, De Gruyter, pp. 179-216. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110746723-007
Perek, F 2020, Productivity and schematicity in constructional change. in L Sommerer & E Smirnova (eds), Nodes and Networks in Diachronic Construction Grammar. Constructional Approaches to Language, John Benjamins, pp. 141-166.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
Perek, F & Goldberg, A 2014, Konstruktionsgrammatik. in C Dürscheid & S Schierholz (eds), Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (WSK) Online, Band 1: Grammatik. vol. 1, De Gruyter. <http://www.degruyter.com/view/WSK/wsk_id_wsk_artikel_artikel_27125>
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