Lancaster University (UK), 30 March - 2 April 2001


Incorporating a celebration of the life and works of Geoffrey Leech, with invited talks from:

Prof. Douglas Biber - "Historical shifts in modification patterns with complex noun phrase structures: How long can you go without a verb?"
Prof. Jennifer Thomas - "Negotiating meaning: a pragmatic analysis of indirectness in political interviews"
Prof. Geoffrey Sampson - "Thoughts on Twenty Years of Drawing Trees"
Prof. Mick Short - "Style in Fiction and Non-fiction: A Corpus-based approach to Speech, Thought and Writing Presentation"

Corpus Linguistics 2001 will be a forum for all concerned with the computer-assisted empirical analysis of natural language. Our definition of 'corpus' is broad, and we therefore welcome those working on substantial literary texts or other kinds of text collection as well as more 'traditional' corpus linguists.

Similarly, we wish to encourage further cross-fertilization between work occurring in language engineering (e.g. information extraction, parsing) and linguistics. We believe that corpus linguists should be aware of the latest developments in language processing. We also believe that language engineers should be aware of the findings and needs of corpus linguists.

The aims of Corpus Linguistics 2001 are:

1. to encourage dialogue between those working on similar issues in different languages and between areas with a (perhaps as yet untapped) potential to interact.

2. to encourage dialogue between researchers using corpora in linguistics and those using corpora in language engineering.

3. to celebrate the life and works of Geoffrey Leech.

Geoffrey Leech reaches 65 in 2001, and as part of the celebrations for this event, a special series of lectures will be given during the conference by four invited speakers who have worked closely with Geoff at various stages in his career: Doug Biber, Jenny Thomas, Geoff Sampson and Mick Short.

For the main conference, papers of ca. 20 minutes are invited on topics such as:

Proposals for workshops (half day or full day) are also invited. Topics broadly in line with the theme of the conference will be considered. Workshops will be held on the 29th March. The conference language will be English.



Abstracts of up to one page should be submitted to the Programme Committee by 1st Dec 2000. As well as an outline of the paper, the abstract should include the authors' names, affiliations, and contact addresses (including e-mail and fax numbers). Electronic submissions are welcome.


Abstracts of two pages should be submitted to the Programme Committee by 1st Dec 2000. The abstract should include the names of the organizers, their contact details, and the projected number of papers to be presented at the workshop. Workshop organizers should also indicate whether they wish to generate a set of proceedings for their workshop.

Those proposing a software demonstration should additionally indicate in detail what (if any) hardware and software requirements they have.


Proceedings will be produced from the conference. Selected papers will appear in an edited collection to be published in honour of Geoffrey Leech.


Deadline for abstracts: 1 December 2000

Proposers notified of acceptance of workshops: 8 December 2000

Authors notified of acceptance of papers: 15 December 2001

Deadline for full papers (for proceedings): 13 February 2001 [Full details will be sent with notices of acceptance.]


Local committee

Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Andrew Wilson (Lancaster University)
Paul Rayson (Lancaster University)

General committee

Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Lodz University)
Jock McNaught (UMIST)
Charles Meyer (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Ruslan Mitkov (Wolverhampton University)
Wolf-Dieter Syring (Greifswald University)


Programme Committee
Corpus Linguistics 2001
Department of Linguistics and MEL
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT

Tel: +44 1524 593024
Fax: +44 1524 843085

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