Lancaster University


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

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


Corpus Linguistics for Social Science

Corpus Linguistics for Social Studies is aimed at students and researchers from different social science disciplines (sociology, political science, social anthropology, education, economics 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.

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. CASS is investigating the use of language related to important social topics such as climate change, poverty, hate crime, education and language learning.

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 topics include, for example:

  • Foundational corpus techniques (e.g. collocation, keywords)
  • Corpus-based discourse analysis
  • Collecting corpus data and creating your own corpus
  • Corpus-based approaches to analysing metaphor
  • Corpora and academic discourse
  • Semantic annotation
  • Collocational networks

Application: The application process for the 2017 summer schools is now open. Click here to apply online. (The application process closes on 1st May 2017 or when a maximum number of registrations is reached.)

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


This Summer School is funded and sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.


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