Lancaster University

Lancaster Summer Schools
in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods

Lancaster University, UK – 15th to 19th July 2013


UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics

About the UCREL Summer School

The UCREL Summer School 2013 (16th to 19th July 2013) is the third event in a highly successful series that began in 2011. Sponsored by UCREL at Lancaster University – one of the world's leading and longest-established centres for corpus-based research – its aim is to support students of language and linguistics in the development of advanced skills in corpus methods.

The UCREL Summer School is intended primarily for postgraduate research students (and secondarily for Masters-level students and postdoctoral researchers) who require in-depth knowledge of corpus-based methodologies for their degree projects. It is not aimed at raw beginners, but rather at PhD students who have at least some introductory experience of analysis using language corpora, and who wish to expand their knowledge of key issues and techniques in cutting-edge corpus research.

The programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, some involving practical work, others more discussion-oriented. Speakers, and their (provisional) session titles, include:

  • Alistair Baron — Advanced corpus queries and the use of regular expressions; and Spelling variation: problems, analysis and solutions
  • Andrew Hardie — Using XML in corpus encoding and analysis; and The statistics of collocation
  • Amanda Potts — Studying language change in diachronic corpora
  • Elena Semino — Corpus-based approaches to metaphor in discourse
  • Jonathan Culpeper — Pragmatics, politeness and impoliteness in the corpus
  • Richard Xiao — Using comparable and parallel corpora in contrastive and translation studies
  • Claire Hardaker — Corpus data in forensic linguistics
  • Damon Berridge — Understanding statistics for corpus analysis

There are additional daily plenary lectures shared with the other two Summer School events, each illustrating cutting-edge digital research methods using corpus data:

  • Tony McEnery — Representations of Islam in the UK press
  • Ian Gregory — Using corpus data in Geographical Information Systems
  • Stephen Pumfrey — The semantics of liberty in Early Modern English

The full timetable is now finalised and is available on this page.

An important note

The UCREL Summer School ran for the first time in 2011, and was repeated (with the same programme) in 2012. In response to feedback from participants, we have extended the length of the event, so that it is now taught over four days rather than three.

We have also revised the syllabus content for 2013; for this reason, repeat participation by those who have already attended the summer school in 2011 or 2012 is welcome.

How to apply

The UCREL Summer School is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited. For more details, click here.


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