This collection explores the relationships between theory and evidences in functional linguistics, bringing together perspectives from both established and emerging scholars. The volume begins by establishing theoretical common ground for functional approaches to language, critically discussing empirical inquiry in functional linguistics and the challenges and opportunities of using new technologies in linguistic investigations. Building on this foundation, the second part of the volume explores the challenges involved in using different data sources as evidence for theorizing language and linguistic processes, drawing on work on lexical cohesion in language variation, neuroimaging and neuropathological data, and keystroke logging and eye-tracking. The final section of the volume examines the ways in which evidences from a wide range of data sources can offer new perspectives toward challenging established theoretical claims, employing empirical evidences from corpus linguistic analysis, keystroke logging, and multimodal communication. This pioneering collection synthesizes perspectives and addresses fundamental questions in the investigation of the relationships between theory and evidences in functional linguistics and will be of particular interest to researchers working in the field, as well as linguists working in experimental and interdisciplinary approaches which seek to bridge this gap.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByLise Fontaine, Michelle Aldridge

chapter 3|23 pages

Keystroke logging data

What can it tell us about mode and written language production?
ByMichelle Aldridge, Lise Fontaine

chapter 5|17 pages

On the process of choosing in translational logogenesis

ByPaula Niemietz, Stella Neumann

chapter 6|27 pages

Lexical cohesion

Dimensions and linguistic properties of chains in English and German 1
ByKerstin Kunz, Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski, Katrin Menzel, Erich Steiner

chapter 7|26 pages

The cohesive landscape of English of-NPs

An empirical, expression-centred approach to coherence
ByDavid Schönthal

chapter 8|19 pages

Challenging instantiation in modelling movement-based multimodal communication

ByArianna Maiorani, Rebekah Wegener

chapter 9|10 pages


ByLise Fontaine, Rebekah Wegener