Lancaster University


Lancaster Summer Schools
in Corpus Linguistics and other Digital methods (#LancsSS17)

Lancaster University, UK – 27th to 30th June 2017


Corpus Linguistics for the Humanities

Corpus Linguistics for the Humanities is aimed at students and researchers from disciplines of the Humanities (literature, history, creative writing, gender studies etc.) who are interested in analysing language data using quantitative (corpus) methods. Participants in this summer school are not expected to have any background in (corpus) linguistics, but basic computational skills are assumed.

Across the Arts and Humanities, there is a growing need for advanced digital-methods training (especially in digital humanities). This methodological need can be answered with corpus linguistic tools and techniques, which were developed for linguistically-informed analysis of large amounts of text. These methods will be introduced in the summer school and illustrated with applications to different areas of the Humanities.

The programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, involving lectures, discussion-oriented sessions and practical sessions in computer labs where participants are trained in the use of corpus tools. The summer school will focus on two major areas:

a. corpus techniques and software
b. application of the techniques to linguistic data

The topics include, for example:

  • Foundational corpus techniques (e.g. collocation, keywords)
  • Collecting corpus data and creating your own corpus
  • Dealing with spelling variation
  • Collocational networks and text analysis
  • Exploring Shakespeare's language with corpus techniques
  • Studying social history with corpora
  • Corpus use in Early Modern Literary Studies
  • Corpus research of history of early modern England

This summer school takes place under the aegis of The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), which is the recipient of The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, and UCREL, one of the world's leading and longest-established centres for corpus-based research. This Summer School is funded and sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (a specific constellation of topics constitutes the summer school of the AHRC-funded Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare's Language project).

Application: The registration is now closed due to a large number of applications.

N.B.: This Summer School event is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited.


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