note: go here for a list of publications ordered by publication type.


  • Engel, Alexandra, Jason Grafmiller, Laura Rosseel, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Freek Van de Velde (2021). How register-specific is probabilistic grammatical knowledge? A programmatic sketch and a case study on the dative alternation with give. In Elena Seoane & Douglas Biber (eds.), Corpus-based Approaches to Register Variation, 51–84. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
    DOI: 10.1075/scl.103.03eng | pdf manuscript

  • Gardner, Matt Hunt, Eva Uffing, Nicholas Van Vaeck & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2021). "Variation isn’t that hard: Morphosyntactic choice does not predict production difficulty". PLOS ONE 16(6). e0252602.

  • Li, Yi, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Weiwei Zhang (2021). "The theme-recipient alternation in Chinese: tracking syntactic variation across seven centuries". Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.
    DOI: 10.1515/cllt-2021-0048

  • Mori, Laura & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2021). "Mapping Eurolects: an aggregate perspective on similarities between legislative varieties". Languages in Contrast 21(2): 186-216.

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2021). "Uncovering the big picture: measuring the typological relatedness of varieties of English". In Danae Perez, Marianne Hundt, Johannes Kabatek & Daniel Schreier (eds.), English and Spanish: world languages in interaction, 184–208. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Alexandra Engel (2021). "Register Variation in a Cognitive (Socio)linguistics Perspective". In Gitte Kristiansen, Karlien Franco, Stefano De Pascale, Laura Rosseel & Weiwei Zhang (eds.), Cognitive Sociolinguistics Revisited, 398–409. De Gruyter.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110733945-031 | uncorrected page proofs


  • Speelman, Dirk, Stefan Grondelaers, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Kris Heylen (2020). "Schaalvergroting in het syntactische alternantieonderzoek: Een nieuwe analyse van het presentatieve er met automatisch gegenereerde predictoren". Nederlandse Taalkunde 25(1): 101-123.
    DOI: 10.5117/NEDTAA2020.1.005.SPEE | open access

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Laura Rosseel (2020). "English corpus linguistics: the current state-of-the-art, and a critical appraisal". In: Bas Aarts, April McMahon & Lars Hinrichs (eds), The Handbook of English Linguistics, 2nd edition. Wiley, 29-44.
    DOI: 10.1002/9781119540618.ch3 | pdf manuscript


  • Ehret, Katharina & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2019). "Compressing learner language: an information-theoretic measure of complexity in SLA production data". Second Language Research 35(1): 23-45.
    DOI: 10.1177/0267658316669559 | manuscript

  • Heller, Benedikt & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2019). "Possessives World-Wide: Genitive Variation in Varieties of English". In: Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Emma Moore, Linda van Bergen & Willem B. Hollmann (eds.), Categories, Constructions, and Change in English Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 315-335.
    DOI: 10.1017/9781108303576.014

  • Paquot, Magali, Jason Grafmiller, & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2019). "Particle placement alternation in EFL learner vs. L1 speech: Assessing the similarity of probabilistic grammars". In: Andrea Abel, Aivars Glaznieks, Verena Lyding & Lionel Nicolas (eds), Widening the Scope of Learner Corpus Research. Selected Papers from the Fourth Learner Corpus Research Conference. Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain, 71-92.
    pdf manuscript

  • Röthlisberger Melanie & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2019) "Dialect Typology: Recent Advances". In: Stanley D. Brunn & Roland Kehrein (eds), Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Cham: Springer, 1-26.
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73400-2_133-1

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2019). "Register in variationist linguistics". Register Studies 1(1): 76-99.
    DOI: 10.1075/rs.18006.szm | open access here

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller & Laura Rosseel (2019). "Variation-Based Distance and Similarity Modeling: a case study in World Englishes". Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence 2:23.
    DOI: 10.3389/frai.2019.00023 | open access here

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Melanie Röthlisberger (2019). "World Englishes from the perspective of dialect typology". In: Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt & Edgar W. Schneider & (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 534-558.
    DOI: 10.1017/9781108349406.023 | pdf manuscript


  • Grafmiller, Jason & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2018). "Mapping out particle placement in Englishes around the world. A case study in comparative sociolinguistic analysis". Language Variation and Change 30(03): 385-412.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0954394518000170 | manuscript

  • Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Lars Hinrichs (2018). "Restricting the restrictive relativizer: Constraints on subject and non-subject English relative clauses". Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 14(2): 309-355.
    DOI: 10.1515/cllt-2016-0015 | manuscript

  • Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Melanie Röthlisberger & Benedikt Heller (2018). "General introduction: A comparative perspective on probabilistic variation in grammar". Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 3(1): 94.
    DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.690 (open access)

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Lieselotte Anderwald (2018). "Corpus-based approaches to dialect study". In: Charles Boberg, John Nerbonne & Dominic Watt (eds.), The Handbook of Dialectology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 300-313.
    uncorrected page proofs

  • Wolk, Christoph & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2018). "Probabilistic corpus-based dialectometry". Journal of Linguistic Geography 6(1): 56-75.
    DOI: 10.1017/jlg.2018.6 | uncorrected page proofs


  • Grafmiller, Jason, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Melanie Röthlisberger & Benedikt Heller (eds) (2017). Special collection on "Probabilistic grammars: Syntactic variation in a comparative perspective". Glossa: a journal of general linguistics.

  • Heller, Benedikt, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Jason Grafmiller (2017). "Stability and fluidity in syntactic variation world-wide: the genitive alternation across varieties of English". Journal of English Linguistics 45(1): 3--27.
    DOI: 10.1177/0075424216685405

  • Röthlisberger, Melanie, Jason Grafmiller & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2017). "Cognitive indigenization effects in the English dative alternation". Cognitive Linguistics 28(4): 673-710.
    DOI: 10.1515/cog-2016-0051

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2017). "``Featurometry’’". In: Martijn Wieling, Martin Kroon, Gertjan van Noord & Gosse Bourma (eds.), From Semantics to Dialectometry. Festschrift in honor of John Nerbonne (Tributes 32). College Publications, 345–353.
    pdf version

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2017). "Variationist sociolinguistics and corpus-based variationist linguistics: overlap and cross-pollination potential". Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 62(4): 1-17.
    DOI: 10.1017/cnj.2017.34 | uncorrected page proofs

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller, Joan Bresnan, Anette Rosenbach, Sali Tagliamonte & Simon Todd (2017). "Spoken syntax in a comparative perspective: the dative and genitive alternation in varieties of English". Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 2(1): 86.
    DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.310 (open access)

  • Van den Stock, Jan, Daphne Stam, François-Laurent De Winter, Dante Mantini, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Koen Van Laere, Rik Vandenberghe & Mathieu Vandenbulcke (2017). "Moral processing deficit in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia is associated with facial emotion recognition and brain changes in default mode and salience network areas". Brain and Behavior. e00843.
    DOI: 10.1002/brb3.843


  • Biber, Douglas, Jesse Egbert, Bethany Gray, Rahel Oppliger & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2016). "Variationist versus text-linguistic approaches to grammatical change in English: Nominal modifiers of head nouns". In: Merja Kytö & Päivi Pahta (eds.), Handbook of English historical linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 351-375.
    pdf manuscript

  • Ehret, Katharina & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2016). "An information-theoretic approach to assess linguistic complexity". In: Raffaela Baechler & Guido Seiler (eds.), Complexity and Isolation. Berlin: de Gruyter, 71-94.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110348965-004 | uncorrected page proofs

  • Ruette, Tom, Katharina Ehret & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2016). "A lectometric analysis of aggregated lexical variation in written Standard English with Semantic Vector Space models". International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 21(1): 48-79.
    DOI: 10.1075/ijcl.21.1.03rue | uncorrected page proofs

  • Ruette, Tom, Katharina Ehret & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2016). "Frequency effects in lexical sociolectometry are insubstantial". In: Heike Behrens & Stefan Pfänder (eds.), Experience Counts: Frequency Effects in Language. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 111-132.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110346916-006 | pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2016). "About text frequencies in historical linguistics: disentangling environmental and grammatical change". Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 12(1): 153-171 (special issue, ed. by Martin Hilpert & Hubert Cuyckens).
    DOI: 10.1515/cllt-2015-0068 | uncorrected page proofs

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2016). "An analytic-synthetic spiral in the history of English". In: Elly van Gelderen (ed.), Cyclical Change Continued. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 93-112.
    DOI: 10.1075/la.227.04szm | uncorrected page proofs

  • 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.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0954394515000198 | uncorrected page proofs

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Heller & Melanie Röthlisberger (2016). "Around the world in three alternations: Modeling syntactic variation in varieties of English". English World-Wide 37(2): 109-137.
    DOI: 10.1075/eww.37.2.01szm | uncorrected page proofs

  • Wolk, Christoph & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2016). "Top-down and bottom-up advances in corpus-based dialectometry". In: Marie-Hélène Côté, Remco Knooihuizen & John Nerbonne (eds.), The future of dialects: Selected papers from Methods in Dialectology XV. (Series: Language Variation 1). Berlin: Language Science Press.
    DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.152 (open access) |pdf copy


  • Hinrichs, Lars, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Axel Bohmann (2015). "Which-hunting and the Standard English relative clause". Language 91(4): 806-836.
    DOI: 10.1353/lan.2015.0062 | uncorrected page proofs

  • Frazee, Joseph, Lars Hinrichs, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Axel Bohmann (2015). "Which-hunting and the Standard English relative clause: Online Supplement: Automatic Zero-Relative Detection". Language 91(4): s1-s3.
    DOI: 10.1353/lan.2015.0070 (Open Access)

  • Kolbe-Hanna, Daniela & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2015). "Grammatical variation". In: Douglas Biber & Randi Reppen (eds.), The Cambridge handbook of English corpus linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 161-179.
    pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2015). "Recontextualizing language complexity". In: Jocelyne Daems, Eline Zenner, Kris Heylen, Dirk Speelman & Hubert Cuyckens (eds.), Change of Paradigms -- New Paradoxes: Recontextualizing Language and Linguistics. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter Mouton, 347-360.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110435597-020 |preprint pdf


  • Cuyckens, Hubert, Frauke D’hoedt & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2014). "Variability in verb complementation in Late Modern English: finite vs. non-finite patterns". In: Marianne Hundt (ed.), Late Modern English Syntax. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 182-203.
    pdf manuscript

  • Ehret, Katharina, Christoph Wolk & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2014). "Quirky quadratures: on rhythm and weight as constraints on genitive variation in an unconventional dataset". English Language and Linguistics 18(2): 263–303 (special issue, ed. by Eva Berlage & John Payne).
    DOI: 10.1017/S1360674314000033 |uncorrected page proofs

  • Siegel, Jeff, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Bernd Kortmann (2014). "Measuring analyticity and syntheticity in creoles". Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 29(1): 49-85.
    DOI: 10.1075/jpcl.29.1.02sie |uncorrected page proofs

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2014). "Forests, trees, corpora, and dialect grammars". In: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Bernhard Wälchli (eds). Aggregating dialectology, typology, and register analysis: Linguistic variation in text and speech. Berlin: de Gruyter, 89-112.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110317558.89 |pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2014). "Methods and objectives in contemporary dialectology". In: Ilja A. Seržant & Björn Wiemer (eds.), Contemporary approaches to dialectology: The area of North, Northwest Russian and Belarusian vernaculars // Современные методы в диалектологии. Ареал северных, северо-западных русских и белорусских говоров. Bergen: Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, 81-92.
    pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, Anette Rosenbach, Joan Bresnan & Christoph Wolk (2014). "Culturally conditioned language change? A multi-variate analysis of genitive constructions in ARCHER". In: Marianne Hundt (ed.), Late Modern English Syntax. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 133-152.
    pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Bernhard Wälchli (eds) (2014). Aggregating dialectology, typology, and register analysis: Linguistic variation in text and speech (Series: linguae & litterae). Berlin: de Gruyter.
    DOI: 10.1515/978311031755 | ISBN: 9783110317398 | book website

  • Wälchli, Bernhard & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2014). "Introduction: The text-feature-aggregation pipeline in variation studies". In: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi & Bernhard Wälchli (eds). Aggregating dialectology, typology, and register analysis: Linguistic variation in text and speech. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1-25.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110317558.1 |uncorrected page proofs


  • Auer, Peter, Martin Hilpert, Anja Stukenbrock & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (eds) (2013). Space in language and linguistics: geographical, interactional, and cognitive perspectives (Series: linguae & litterae). Berlin: de Gruyter.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110312027 | ISBN: 9783110312027 | book website
    {reviewed by Asya Pereltsvaig in LINGUIST List 25.4160, 2014}

  • Auer, Peter, Martin Hilpert, Anja Stukenbrock & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2013). "Integrating the perspectives on language and space". In: Auer, Peter, Martin Hilpert, Anja Stukenbrock & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (eds). Space in language and linguistics: geographical, interactional, and cognitive perspectives. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1-18.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110312027.1|preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). "Analyzing aggregated linguistic data". In: Krug, Manfred & Julia Schlüter (eds.), Research Methods in Language Variation and Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 433-455.
    preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). "Commentary: Lost in Space? The many geographies and methodologies in research on variation within languages". In: Auer, Peter, Martin Hilpert, Anja Stukenbrock & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (eds). Space in language and linguistics: geographical, interactional, and cognitive perspectives. Berlin: de Gruyter, 240-244.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110312027.240 |preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry. (Series: Studies in English Language). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    ISBN: 9781107003453 | book website
    {reviewed by James A. Walker in ICAME Journal 38, 2014, 216-220} {reviewed by Warren Maguire in Language 90(4), 2014, 983-986} {reviewed by Sali A. Tagliamonte in Diachronica 31(4), 2014, 579-583} {reviewed by Luke A Rudge in LINGUIST List 26.3841, 2015} {reviewed by James N. Stanford in English Language and Linguistics 22(1), 183-191}

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). "Diachronic Probabilistic Grammar". English Language and Linguistics (Journal of the English Linguistics Society of Korea) 19(3): 41-68.
    pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). "The great regression: genitive variability in Late Modern English news texts". In: Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Alan Scott (eds.), Morphosyntactic categories and the expression of possession. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 59–88.
    preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). "Kapitel 7: Variation und Wandel" ["Chapter 7: Variation and Change"]. Textbook chapter in: Auer, Peter (ed). Sprachwissenschaft: Grammatik - Interaktion - Kognition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 261-284.
    preprint pdf

  • Wolk, Christoph, Joan Bresnan, Anette Rosenbach & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2013). "Dative and genitive variability in Late Modern English: Exploring cross-constructional variation and change". Diachronica 30(3): 382–419.
    DOI: 10.1075/dia.30.3.04wol |preprint pdf


  • Hundt, Marianne & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2012). "Animacy in early New Zealand English". English World-Wide 33(3): 241-263.
    DOI: 10.1075/eww.33.3.01hun |preprint pdf

  • Kortmann, Bernd & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (eds) (2012). Linguistic Complexity: Second Language Acquisition, Indigenization, Contact. (Series: linguae & litterae). Berlin: de Gruyter.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110229226 | ISBN: 9783110229226 | book website
    {reviewed by Natalie Operstein and Amber Clontz in LINGUIST List 23.5022, 2012}

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2012). "Analyticity and syntheticity in the history of English". In: Nevalainen, Terttu & Elizabeth Closs Traugott (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of English. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 654-665.
    preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2012). "Geography is overrated". In: Hansen, Sandra, Christian Schwarz, Philipp Stoeckle & Tobias Streck (eds.), Dialectological and folk dialectological concepts of space. Berlin: de Gruyter, 215-231.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110229127.215 |preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2012). "Typological profile: L1 varieties". In: Bernd Kortmann & Kerstin Lunkenheimer (eds). The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 826-843.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110280128.826 | pdf manuscript

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Bernd Kortmann (2012). "Introduction: Linguistic complexity – Second Language Acquisition, indigenization, contact". In: Kortmann, Bernd & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (eds.), Linguistic Complexity: Second Language Acquisition, Indigenization, Contact. Berlin: de Gruyter, 6-34.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110229226.6 | preprint pdf


  • Kortmann, Bernd & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2011). "Parameters of morphosyntactic variation in World Englishes: prospects and limitations of searching for universals". In: Siemund, Peter (ed), Linguistic Universals and Language Variation. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 264-290.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110238068.264 | preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2011). "Corpus-based dialectometry: a methodological sketch". Corpora 6(1): 45-76.
    DOI: 10.3366/cor.2011.0004 | preprint pdf
    reprinted in: Biber, Douglas & Randi Reppen (eds.) (2011), Corpus Linguistics (SAGE Benchmarks in Language and Linguistics). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 259-289.

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Bernd Kortmann (2011). "Typological profiling: learner Englishes versus indigenized L2 varieties of English". In: Mukherjee, Joybrato & Marianne Hundt (eds), Exploring Second-Language Varieties of English and Learner Englishes: Bridging a Paradigm Gap. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 167-187.
    preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Christoph Wolk (2011). "Holistic corpus-based dialectology". Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics/Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada 11(2): 561-592 (special issue "Corpus studies: future directions", ed. by Stefan Th. Gries).
    Available online at


  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2010). "The English genitive alternation in a cognitive sociolinguistics perspective". In: Geeraerts, Dirk, Gitte Kristiansen & Yves Peirsman (eds), Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 141-166.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110226461.139 | preprint pdf


  • Anderwald, Lieselotte & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2009). "Corpus linguistics and dialectology". In: Lüdeling, Anke & Merja Kytö (eds), Corpus Linguistics. An International Handbook. (Series: Handbücher zur Sprache und Kommunikationswissenschaft/Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science). Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1126-1139.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110213881.2.1126 | preprint pdf

  • Anderwald, Lieselotte & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2009). "Why grammar is real: a usage-based perspective on patterns". In: Eckstein, Lars & Christoph Reinfandt (eds), Anglistentag 2008 - Tübingen - Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 403-414.
    preprint pdf

  • Kortmann, Bernd & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2009). "World Englishes between simplification and complexification". In: Siebers, Lucia & Thomas Hoffmann (eds), World Englishes -- Problems, Properties and Prospects: selected papers from the 13th IAWE conference. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 265-285.
    preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2009). "Typological parameters of intralingual variability: grammatical analyticity versus syntheticity in varieties of English". Language Variation and Change 21(3): 319–353.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0954394509990123 | preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Bernd Kortmann (2009). "Between simplification and complexification: non-standard varieties of English around the world". In: Sampson, Geoffrey, David Gil & Peter Trudgill (eds.), Language Complexity as an Evolving Variable. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 64-79.
    preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Bernd Kortmann (2009). "The morphosyntax of varieties of English worldwide: a quantitative perspective". Lingua 119(11): 1643-1663 (special issue "The Forests behind the Trees", ed. by John Nerbonne & Franz Manni).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2007.09.016 | preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Bernd Kortmann (2009). "Vernacular universals and angloversals in a typological perspective". In: Filppula, Markku, Juhani Klemola & Heli Paulasto (eds), Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts: Evidence from Varieties of English and Beyond. London/New York: Routledge, 33-53.
    preprint pdf


  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2008). "Corpus-based dialectometry: aggregate morphosyntactic variability in British English dialects". International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 2(1-2): 279-296 (special issue on "Language Variation", ed. by John Nerbonne, Charlotte Gooskens, Sebastian Kürschner & Renée van Bezooijen).
    DOI: 10.3366/E1753854809000433 | preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Nils Goldschmidt (2008). "The Cameelious Hump and 'Just So Stories' in economic literature – a linguistic analysis". In: Clift, Edward (ed.), How Language is Used to Do Business: Essays on the Rhetoric of Economics. New York City: Edwin Mellen Press.
    preprint pdf

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Lars Hinrichs (2008). "Probabilistic determinants of genitive variation in spoken and written English: a multivariate comparison across time, space, and genres". In: Nevalainen, Terttu, Irma Taavitsainen, Päivi Pahta & Minna Korhonen (eds.), The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation: Corpus Evidence on English Past and Present. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 291-309.
    preprint pdf


  • Goldschmidt, Nils & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2007). "What do economists talk about? A linguistic analysis of published writing in economic journals". American Journal of Economics and Sociology 66(2): 335–378.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2007.00514.x | preprint pdf
    reprinted as "Dimension reduction of word-frequency data as a substitute for intersubjective content analysis" in: Vogt, W. Paul (ed.) (2008), Selecting Research Methods, Vol. 4: Methods for analysing and reporting results (SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods series). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

  • Hinrichs, Lars & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2007). "Recent changes in the function and frequency of standard English genitive constructions: a multivariate analysis of tagged corpora". English Language and Linguistics 11(3): 437–474.
    DOI: 10.1017/S1360674307002341 | preprint pdf
    reprinted in: Biber, Douglas & Randi Reppen (eds.) (2011), Corpus Linguistics (SAGE Benchmarks in Language and Linguistics). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 139-178.

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt & Nuria Hernández (2007). Manual of Information to accompany the Freiburg Corpus of English Dialects Sampler ("FRED-S"). URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:25-opus-28598, URL: Freiburg. (32pp.)


  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2006). Morphosyntactic persistence in spoken English. A corpus study at the intersection of variationist sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and discourse analysis. (Series: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
    DOI: 10.1515/9783110197808 | ISBN: 9783110190120 | book website
    {reviewed by Ingo Plag in Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 27, 2008, 293-296}


  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2005). "Language users as creatures of habit: a corpus-linguistic analysis of persistence in spoken English". Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 1(1): 113-150.
    DOI: 10.1515/cllt.2005.1.1.113 | preprint pdf
    reprinted in: Biber, Douglas & Randi Reppen (eds.) (2011), Corpus Linguistics (SAGE Benchmarks in Language and Linguistics). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 297-330.

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2005). "Never change a winning chunk". Recherches Anglaises et Nord-Américaines 38: 21-34.
    preprint pdf


  • Kortmann, Bernd & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2004). "Global synopsis – morphological and syntactic variation in English". In: Kortmann, Bernd, Kate Burridge, Rajend Mesthrie & Edgar Schneider (eds.), A Handbook of Varieties of English, Vol. 2: Morphology and Syntax. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1142-1202.

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2004). "On operationalizing syntactic complexity". In: Purnelle, Gérard, Cédrick Fairon & Anne Dister (eds.), Le poids des mots. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Textual Data Statistical Analysis. Louvain-la-Neuve, March 10-12, 2004, Vol. 2. Louvain-la-Neuve, Presses universitaires de Louvain. 1032-1039.


Book reviews

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2013). Review of Warren Maguire and April McMahon (eds.), Analysing variation in English. Cambridge. English Language and Linguistics 17(1): 222-226.
    DOI: 10.1017/S136067431200041X

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2011). Review of Bauer, Roland. 2009. Dialektometrische Einsichten. Sprachklassifikatorische Oberflächenmuster und Tiefenstrukturen im lombardo-venedischen Dialektraum und in der Rätoromania. San Martin de Tor. Romanistisches Jahrbuch 62: 242-245.

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2011). Review of McWhorter, John H. 2011. Linguistic simplicity and complexity: why do languages undress? Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. Language Dynamics and Change 1(2): 279-283.
    DOI: 10.1163/221058212X643987

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2007). Review of Joybrato Mukherjee. 2005. English Ditransitive Verbs: Aspects of Theory, Description and a Usage-based Model. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. English Language and Linguistics 11(1): 240-246.
    DOI: 10.1017/S1360674306232222

  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2006). Review of Rens Bod, Jennifer Hay, and Stefanie Jannedy (Eds.). 2003. Probabilistic Linguistics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 2(1): 79-94.
    DOI: 10.1515/CLLT.2006.004