Lancaster University

Lancaster Summer Schools
in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods

Lancaster University, UK – 14th to 17th July 2015


UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics

About the UCREL Summer School

The UCREL Summer School 2015 is the fifth 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, postdoctoral researchers, and others) who require in-depth knowledge of corpus-based methodologies for their degree projects. It is not aimed at raw beginners, but rather at 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. The instructors include, as well as speakers from Lancaster University, external guest speakers who are prominent specialists in their respective fields. In the 2015 syllabus, speakers, and their session titles, include:

  • Alistair Baron — Advanced corpus queries and the use of regular expressions
  • Vaclav Brezina — Understanding statistics for corpus analysis ; Register variation and multi-dimensional analysis
  • Claire Hardaker — Applying corpus methods in forensic linguistics
  • Andrew Hardie — The statistics of collocation; and Part-of-speech taggers: how they work, and how they go wrong
  • John Flowerdew — Corpora and academic discourse
  • Elena Semino — Corpus-based approaches to analysing metaphor in discourse
  • Yukio Tono — Error annotations in learner corpus research: approach, method, and technique

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

  • Tony McEnery — Representations of Islam in the UK press
  • Ian Gregory — Using corpus data in Geographical Information Systems
  • Veronika Koller — Metaphor in the language surrounding end-of-life care

The full timetable will be made available on this page when completed.

In addition, participants in this Summer School will have the opportunity to meet and consult with members of the CASS Challenge Panel, a group of prominent specialists in corpus methodology.

How to apply

The registration for the UCREL Summer School is now closed because the maximum number of registrations has been reached.


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