Lancaster University

Lancaster Summer Schools
in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods

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


ESRC Summer School in Corpus Approaches to Social Science

About the CASS Summer School

The ESRC Summer School in Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences was inaugurated in 2013; the 2014 event is the second in the series.

This summer school takes place under the aegis of CASS, a new ESRC research centre bringing a new method in the study of language – the corpus approach – to a range of social sciences. CASS is investigating the use and manipulation of language in society in a host of areas of pressing concern, including climate change, hate crime and education.

A crucial part of the CASS remit is to provide researchers across the social sciences with the skills needed to apply the tools and techniques of corpus linguistics to the research questions that matter in their own discipline. To help achieve this aim, we are founding – and will continue to run on a sustained basis – the CASS Summer School, in order to foster graduate students and other junior researchers in developing these skills.

Like CASS itself, this Summer School is funded and sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Who is the CASS summer school for?

This event is aimed at junior social scientists – especially PhD students and postdoctoral researchers – in any of the social science disciplines. Anyone with an interest in the analysis of social issues via text and discourse – especially on a large scale – will find this summer school of interest.

Please note that we assume no knowledge of language and linguistics in general, or of corpus linguistics specifically, in the CASS Summer School. If you are a linguist who already has some experience with corpus linguistics, the UCREL Summer School is a better event for you.

What topics does the CASS Summer School cover?

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:

  • Geoffrey Leech — Introduction to corpus linguistics
  • Andrew Hardie — Corpus tools and techniques
  • Vaclav Brezina — Collecting corpus data
  • Tony McEnery — Foundational techniques for social science data: keywords
  • Claire Hardaker — Foundational techniques for social science data: collocation
  • Damon Berridge — Understanding statistics for corpus analysis
  • Paul Baker — Discourse analysis for the social sciences
  • Paul Rayson — Semantic annotation and key domains
  • Elena Semino — Corpus-based approaches to metaphor in discourse
  • Jonathan Culpeper — Pragmatics, politeness and impoliteness in the corpus

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.

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.

An important note

The ESRC Summer School ran for the first time in 2013. The 2014 event repeats the same syllabus. For that reason, students who attended in 2013 should not apply to attend again in 2014.

How to apply

The CASS 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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