UCREL research centre

Corpus Linguistics 2015

Lancaster University, UK – 21st to 24th July 2015


For conference attendees and others: abstract book now available

An online edition of the abstract book (with some minor errata corrected) can be accessed via this link.


In honour of the life and work of Geoffrey Leech

The eighth international Corpus Linguistics conference (CL2015) will be held at Lancaster University from Tuesday 21st July 2015 to Friday 24th July 2015, preceded by a workshop day on Monday 20th July.

This series of conferences began with Corpus Linguistics 2001, an event celebrating the career of Professor Geoffrey Leech, on the occasion of his retirement. In August of 2014, we reported with great sadness Geoff's sudden death.

Geoff was not only the founder of the UCREL research centre for corpus linguistics at Lancaster University, he was also the first Professor and founding Head of the Department of Linguistics and English Language. His contributions to linguistics – not only in corpus linguistics, but also in English grammar, pragmatics and stylistics – were immense. After his retirement, he not only continued his own research but also, characteristically, to provide advice, support and encouragement for students and junior colleagues. He is remembered as an inspirational teacher and mentor, and a kind and generous friend.

By dedicating this eighth conference in the Corpus Linguistics series once again to a celebration of Geoff's life, his career, and his truly remarkable influence on the field, we once more pay tribute to, and commemorate, a remarkable intellect and a sorely-missed colleague.

Plenary speakers

We are delighted to announce that the following speakers have accepted our invitation to give plenary lectures at CL2015:

Postgraduate bursaries

We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer a limited number of bursaries to postgraduate students attending the conference. Bursaries will cover the cost of registration to the workshop day; the full main conference; and up to five nights' on-campus accommodation. Recipients of bursaries must, however, cover all their own travel costs. To qualify, you must be a current full-time research student at any university worldwide.

How to apply: Applications will be considered complete if two email messages have been received at cl2015@lancaster.ac.uk, before 13th April:

  1. A message from the applicant stating name, department, university, degree, field of research, and reason for applying for a bursary. In this email, please be sure to include proof of your student status (e.g. a letter from your department, or a scan of your student identification card or document);
  2. A letter of support from your academic supervisor, stating how they believe you would benefit from winning a bursary and attending the conference.

All postgraduates attending the conference are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to applicants presenting papers or posters at the main conference.

Key dates

  • End October 2014 – call for papers; call for proposals for pre-conference workshops
  • 7th January 2015 – deadline for abstract submission
  • 28th February 2015 – earlybird registration opens
  • 28th February 2015 – all abstract review outcomes will be returned by this date
  • 20th April 2015 – end of earlybird registration (rates rise)
  • 21st June 2015 – end of main registration (late registration not guaranteed, though we’ll try)
  • 21st June 2015 - final deadline for cancellation with refund of registration fees
  • 20th July 2015 – pre-conference workshop day
  • 21st July to 24th July 2015 – main conference

More about the conference

This conference is hosted by the UCREL research centre, which brings together the Department of Linguistics and English Language with the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster.


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