The renaissance of corpus linguistics and promising developments in experimental linguistic techniques in recent years have led to a remarkable revival of interest in issues of the empirical base of linguistic theory in general, and the status of different kinds of linguistic evidence in particular. By contrasting evidence from different sources with respect to particular research questions we may gain a deeper understanding of the status and quality of the individual types of linguistic evidence on the one hand, and of their mutual relationship and respective weight on the other. The present volume is a collection of papers which address these issues in relation to specific linguistic research problems, thereby helping to establish a better understanding of the nature of linguistic evidence in particularly insightful ways.
Stefan Kepser is Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics (SFB 441) at Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Germany. Marga Reis is Professor in the Department of German Studies at Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Germany.