Lancaster University

Lancaster Summer Schools
in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods

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


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 2015 event is the third 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 have founded – 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:

  • Andrew Hardie — Introduction to corpus linguistics / Corpus tools and techniques
  • Vaclav Brezina (TBC) — Collecting corpus data
  • Amanda Potts — Foundational techniques: linking quantitative results to qualitative analysis
  • Tony McEnery — Foundational techniques: keywords
  • Claire Hardaker — Foundational techniques: collocation
  • Paul Baker — Corpus-based discourse analysis: introduction for social scientists
  • Paul Baker — Corpus-based discourse analysis: critical considerations
  • Paul Rayson — Semantic annotation and key domains
  • Elena Semino — Corpus-based approaches to analysing metaphor in discourse
  • Amanda Potts — Language and the law

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.

An important note

The ESRC Summer School syllabus changes slightly from year to year, but the majority of its contents are fixed, and begin at the basic level. Therefore, no one who has previously participated in this summer school is eligible to take the course again.

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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