The UCREL Corpus Research Seminar (CRS) is a forum for all staff, visiting academics, and postgraduate research students interested in corpus-based research in any area of linguistics. CRS is run by UCREL (University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language), a research centre between the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the School of Computing and Communications.
CRS meetings offer an opportunity to present work in progress and receive helpful feedback, discuss relevant research, approaches and methods, get experience in using corpus interfaces and tools, and stay up to date with corpus-based research at Lancaster University. We welcome anyone who is a newcomer to this exciting and growing area of linguistics. We welcome presentations from researchers of other departments and universities.
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In 2014/2015 CRS meetings will be on Thursdays at 1pm during term time, unless otherwise indicated.
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We acknowledge the following funding for external speakers: CASS and UCREL research centres, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the School of Computing and Communications.
The UCREL Corpus Research Seminars this academic year (2014/15) will be on Thursdays 1pm-2pm during term time, unless otherwise indicated, please check our upcoming page for the time and location of any future presenations. If you would like to give a talk or have a suggestion for an external speaker to invite, then please get in touch.
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Furness LT 3
Miracle babies, unfit mothers and the fertility bogeyman: discourses of risk, chance and hope in infertility texts
Infertility occupies a problematic position as both a social and medical issue (Greil et al. 2010) and despite the prevalence of media, medical and personal texts which proliferate around it there is currently little linguistic research into this topic, particularly in the UK.
The data for this paper comprises three specially built corpora of texts on infertility including; UK newspaper articles from 2006 - 2012 containing the term infertility, websites for fertility clinics from 2012 and UK blogs written by people experiencing infertility from 2006 - 2012, providing a range of perspectives on this topic and allowing triangulation of the discourses identified.
Following Baker (2006), a corpus-assisted, discourse analytical framework is applied to this data examining keywords (significantly frequent terms), collocations (words which frequently co-occur) and concordance lines (words in context) with a particular focus on identifying linguistic traces of discourses (Sunderland, 2004) around possible outcomes, specifically risk, chance and hope.
Initial analysis was carried out using Wordsmith Tools to elicit the top 100 lexical keywords from each corpus, which were then grouped thematically in order to allow comparison across the 3 corpora and guide selection for further study using collocations and concordance lines. The keywords risk(s), chance(s) and hope were found in 2 or more of the corpora and were selected for further investigation.
Concordance lines were used to study these keywords in context and several linguistic traces were identified pointing to a range of 'named' discourses around infertility and risk/hope/chance, this closer analysis also uncovered the differing linguistic manifestations of particular discourses across the text types. The extent to which these named discourses also draw on broader, overarching discourses of social rights/responsibility will also be discussed.
Baker, P. (2006) Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis. London: Continuum
Week 4: 30th October 2014 (1:00-2:00pm)
Furness LT 3
Social Media Analysis with GATE
Week 6: 13th November 2014 (1:00-2:00pm)
Furness LT 3
The Aston Corpus of West Midlands English: a variationist approach to spoken data collection and analysis
Week 8: 26th November 2014 (4:00-5:00pm)
County South C89
Big Educational Data: any good for SLA research?
Week 10: 27th November 2014 (1:00-2:00pm)
Furness LT 3
A corpus-based bimodal analysis of referential behavior to inanimate objects