Lancaster University

Lancaster Summer Schools
in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods

Lancaster University, UK – 15th to 18th July 2014


UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics

About the UCREL Summer School

The UCREL Summer School 2014 is the fourth 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 2014 syllabus, speakers, and their session titles, include:

  • Alistair Baron — Advanced corpus queries and the use of regular expressions; and Spelling variation: problems, analysis and solutions
  • Vaclav Brezina — Understanding statistics for corpus analysis
  • Jonathan Culpeper — Pragmatics, politeness and impoliteness in the corpus
  • Claire Hardaker — Corpus data in forensic linguistics
  • Andrew Hardie — Using XML in corpus encoding and analysis; and The statistics of collocation
  • Veronika Koller — Corpus-based approaches to analysing metaphor in discourse
  • Amanda Potts — Studying language change in diachronic corpora
  • Yukio Tono — Learner corpus research (TBC)

There are additional daily lectures shared with the other two 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
  • Stefan Gries — TBC
  • 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.

A revised syllabus was introduced in 2013, and the length of the event extended from two days to four. For the 2014 event, we are repeating this revised syllabus. For this reason, participants who attended in 2011 or 2012 are welcome to the 2014 event, but 2013 participants should not return in 2014.

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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